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First season sires’ heads list for the sunshine state


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Brothers, Jeff and Griff Kruger with the Better Than Ready – Cheap And Nasty colt which sold for $50,000 from their family’s Lyndhurst Stud at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale this year. Photos by Virginia Harvey.

Brothers, Jeff and Griff Kruger with the Better Than Ready – Cheap And Nasty colt which sold for $50,000 from their family’s Lyndhurst Stud at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale this year. Photos by Virginia Harvey.

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QUEENSLAND again leads the way in the early listings for winners on the first crop Australian sires’ list of the season. 

Last season it was the Eureka Stud based Spirit Of Boom who was “booming” out with early first crop juvenile winners at a similar time.

While this year Better Than Ready “jumped the gun” early and currently leads the first season Australian sires list for winners and prize money as at November 25.

Standing at the Kruger family’s Lyndhurst Stud at Warwick in south-east Queensland, Better Than Ready is represented with three winners – fillies Betaima and Better Reflection, and Doomben winning colt The Odyssey. 

Better Than Ready leads the first season Australian sires' list.

Standing his fourth season at Lyndhurst at a $9900 fee, Better Than Ready was a brilliant Sydney and Brisbane stakes winner and is by Vinery Stud’s champion stallion More Than Ready. 

Another Queensland based first crop juvenile sire, Whittington (by Tale Of The Cat) has also had his first winner.  

More first time Sires

TIME For War, Deep Field, and Godolphin/Darley sires Brazen Beau, Sidestep, and Shooting To Win are also included among this season’s first crop two-year-old sires with winners. 

Standing only one season at Kitchwin Hills near Scone before his untimely demise, Time For War (by Snitzel) has sired Time To Reign, a Garry Portelli trained youngster who is now on route for a start in next year’s Golden Slipper, a race that the colt’s half-sister – Manhattan Reign, won in 2017. 

Brazen Beau’s first winner Tassort, won at Rosehill last Saturday and prompted the well-bred colt into early favouritism for the Golden Slipper. 

Exceed And Excel sire Sidestep, a Golden Slipper second placegetter, has been represented with Sydney winning filly Kiamichi, while Intrepidacious gave Shooting To Win his first juvenile winner at Warwick Farm.  

The Newgate Farm, Aberdeen, based Deep Field has had two winners - Cosmic Force, and Hawker Hurricane who won the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Clockwise Classic at Ballarat last Saturday.   

Emerging Sires

While Coolmore Stud’s Encosta de Lago first crop juvenile sire Rubick is yet to sire a winner, he has been represented with placegetters which includes stakes horse Krameric, third placed in the ATC Breeders’ Plate-G3, Sydney’s first juvenile race of the season for colts and geldings.

 Young Snitzel stallion Wandjina (at Newgate Farm) also has been represented with a stakes placegetter – Grand Scholar - third in the VRC Maribyrnong Trial Stakes-LR. 

In Western Australia

SAFEGUARD is another first crop juvenile sire by Exceed And Excel, and who stands at Oakland Park Stud at North Jindong, south-east of Bunbury. 

A Sydney and Melbourne Group winner, Safeguard has sired Specialism who has won her only two starts at Ascot this month. 

Safeguard was also represented with a second placegetter in Perth’s first juvenile race of the season when filly Miss West Coast went under by a nose in the Initial Plate at Belmont Park in early October.  

Young Northern Meteor stallion, Shooting To Win on parade at Godolphin’s Aberdeen located property “Kelvinside” in August.

Young Northern Meteor stallion, Shooting To Win on parade at Godolphin’s Aberdeen located property “Kelvinside” in August.

Winner of that event was another filly Amarillo, who became the fifth winner for little used Western Australian sire Slater, a dual winner by Redoute’s Choice and who was produced from memorable champion Australian three-year-old filly Special Harmony. 

In Victoria 

Conor O’Brien of Yarraman Park, with Manhattan Reign’s yearling half-brother – now named Time To Reign, “eyeing off” the Golden Slipper trophy.

Conor O’Brien of Yarraman Park, with Manhattan Reign’s yearling half-brother – now named Time To Reign, “eyeing off” the Golden Slipper trophy.

FASTNET Rock stallion, Cluster had his first winner when his first crop juvenile black filly, Gee Gees Darl, won on debut at Elwick in Hobart recently. 

While her immediate pedigree contains all Tasmanian breeding, Gee Gees Darl’s sire – Cluster, stands at Neville Murdoch’s Laurnek Stud near Euroa, Victoria. 

Cluster won three races including Sydney’s noted 1400 metres feature Theo Marks Stakes-G2.

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