Peter Wharton Highlights new sires

With colonial bred stallions now starting to make an impact on the racing scene in no uncertain manner, King Of Swing, (Pictured above) who is standing at Cobbitty Equine Farm in NSW, and Colt Thirty One (Egmont Park Stud, Queensland) head up an impressive lineup of ‘new’ stallions for the 2022/23 stud season.

Both were in the top bracket as racehorses, are members of America’s most successful sirelines and belong to the best maternal families in the New Zealand stud book.

They will be joined by the USA Breeders Crown champions Dancin Lou and Century Farroh and the world champion three-year-old Cattlewash as newcomers to the ‘down under’ breeding scene. Dancing Lou and Cattlewash are part of the Trump Bloodstock roster in Queensland, while Century Farroh joins the select sire list at Llowalong Farms in northern Victoria.

The American-bred trotter On A Streak, also a Breeders Crown winner, has been purchased by Haras Des Trotteurs in Victoria and will stand alongside King Of Swing, McWicked, Capt Midnight, Bling It On and co at Cobbitty Equine.

Another newcomer to the Trump Bloodstock team is the fast Muscle Hill import Muscle M Up (1:51.4).

Huntsville, the leading first crop two-year-old sire in both hemispheres, returns to Australia after a three-year hiatus and will join Luke and Belinda McCarthy’s establishment on the southern outskirts of Sydney.

Raging Bull, the sire of this year’s WA Pacing Cup winner Wildwest, will be standing in Victoria for the first time at Llowalong Farms after beginning his stud career on NZ’s South Island.

I have detailed below a summary of the ‘new’ stallions available in Australia via fresh or frozen semen.

KING OF SWING NZ

Foaled: 2014

Sire: Rocknroll Hanover USA

Sireline: Western Hanover

Dam: Twist And Twirl NZ, by Artsplace

Family: Jessie Pepper

Stakemoney: $3,390,546

Best Mile Rate: 1:47.9

Bred by Breckon Farms, King Of Swing began his career as a two-year-old in NZ, winning six of his eight starts including the Breeders Crown at Melton. Sold to WA interests as an early three-year-old, he numbered the WA Derby among his five successes.

King Of Swing really came into his own as a five-year-old in the 2019/20 season. He won seven races including the A. G. Hunter Cup, Miracle Mile and Allied Express Sprint and $959,226.

The following season he won 11 of his 16 starts for $958,190 headed up by wins in the Miracle Mile, Blacks A Fake and Schweppes Sprint, while in his final season he banked $1,009,700 from eight wins and a placing in 10 starts. His wins included the Miracle Mile for a record third time, the A. G. Hunter Cup (for the second time) and three heats of the Inter Dominion.

In all, King Of Swing won 44 races with 18 placings from 82 starts for $3,390,546. He was twice Australian Horse of the Year, Grand Circuit Champion, Australian Pacer of the Year and NSW Horse of the Year.

The richest son of the great Rocknroll Hanover, King Of Swing was out of a top racemare in Twist And Twirl, the winner of seven races and $297,753 including the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship and Great Northern Oaks.

At the stud Twist And Twirl has left four winners from five foals to date including the dual Oaks and seven-time Group 1 winner Bettor Twist and was acclaimed as the NZ Pacing Broodmare of the Year in 2021.

COLT THIRTY ONE

Foaled: 2014

Sire: Mach Three Ca

Sireline: Direct Scooter

Dam: Charm Personified, by Perfect Art USA

Family: Lady Antrim

Stakemoney: $1,060,194

Best Mile Rate: 1:51.2

Colt Thirty One, who is still racing, has been Queensland’s premier pacer for a number of years. As a two-year-old he won seven of his 11 starts including the QBred Triad, while at three he totted up 12 successes including the Victoria Derby (beating Poster Boy), Redcliffe Derby, the QBred Triad and a heat of the NSW Derby.

As a four-year-old Colt Thirty One amassed $320,338 from 13 wins and three placings headed up by Group successes in the Blacks A Fake, Queensland Cup and the QBred Triad.

The 2019/20 season saw Colt Thirty One chalk a further 14 victories including the Queensland Cup, Popular Alm Free-for-all and the Swan Hill Cup.

Overall, Colt Thirty One recorded 49 wins – including 41 at Albion Park – and 34 placings from 112 starts for $1,060,194 in stakemoney. He was the winner of the Queensland Horse of the Year Award on a record three occasions.

Colt Thirty One is a Direct Scooter line horse – that which produced Somebeachsomewhere – from one of NZ’s premier families, and boasts three strong crosses of the blood of Albatross and two strains of Abercrombie.

Charm Personified, the dam of Colt Thirty One, is a member of the Lady Antrim tribe whose recent winners include Honolua Bay, rated one of the greatest pacers in Australia today, Spankem, Ohoka Punter, and so on.

Charm Personified, the dam of seven individual winners, was by Perfect Art (a brother to Art Major) from Charming Reminder, dam of six winners, by Vanston Hanover from Call Girl, dam of the Queensland Oaks winner Goldrush Girl.

Colt Thirty One is to stand stud at the property that he was foaled, Egmont Park, on Queensland’s Darling Downs, owned by Kevin and Kay Seymour.

DANCING LOU USA

Foaled: 2016

Sire: Sweet Lou USA

Sireline: Abercrombie

Dam: Dancewiththebest, by Cambest

Family: Miss Duvall

Stakemoney: $1,119,848

Best Mile Rate: 1:47.4

A $140,000 yearling, Dancing Lou was one of the best three-year-olds of his year, winning 11 races including the $770,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park beating Captain Crunch and Bettor’s Wish, the $270,000 Tattersall’s Pace in 1:48.6 and a leg of the Kentucky Sires Championship.

Returning at four, he captured the $390,000 William Haughton Memorial in 1:47.4, a leg of the Graduate Series (third in final) and finished runner-up in the $540,000 Canadian Pacing Derby.

The fastest and richest son of Sweet Lou, Dancin Lou ranks as three-quarter brother to the world champion Dancin Yankee 1:47.4 ($2 million), being out of the Cambest mare Dancewiththebest (1:54.8), the dam of nine foals and eight winners including seven in 1:55 and five $100,000 earners.

The grand-dam Noble Marty (1:57.2) left 13 foals for 11 winners with nine in 1:55 and five $100,000 winners.

Dancin Lou has just completed his second season at the prestige Tara Hills Stud in Ontario.

 

CATTLEWASH USA

Foaled: 2017

Sire: Somebeachsomewhere USA

Sireline: Direct Scooter

Dam: Roadbet, by Bettor’s Delight USA

Family: Copeland Mare

Stakemoney: $1,314,787

Best Mile Rate: 1:46.8

A foal of 2017, Cattlewash competed in elite company throughout his three-year career, amassing $1,314,787 in only 43 starts.

As a two-year-old he won a $90,000 division of the Bluegrass Stake and several legs of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, finished second in the Matron and third in the Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup.

Cattlewash equalled the world record for a three-year-old of 1:46.8 held by his own sire Somebeachsomewhere winning a division of the Bluegrass Stake at The Red Mile. His other notable performances at three included winning the $180,000 Matron in 1:48.6 and the $160,000 Monument Circle in 1:48.6 and finishing second in the Little Brown Jug and third in the Breeders Crown.

Returning at four, Cattlewash won the $250,000 Graduate Series in 1:47.2 and the $265,000 William Haughton Memorial in 1:47.6 and ran second (beaten a neck) in the Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands.

On the score of blood, Cattlewash lacks nothing. Apart from being by Somebeachsomewhere, and one of his last crop, he ranks as a half-brother to the 2021 USA 2YO Filly of the Year and Breeders Crown Niki Hill 1:50.4 ($904,557), being out of Road Bet (1:52), a sister to the winners of more than $3.6 million including Mypanmar (1:48.6).

 

CENTURY FARROH USA

Foaled: 2016

Sire: Mach Three Ca

Sireline: Direct Scooter

Dam: Beachy Girl, by Real Desire USA

Family: Copeland Mare

Stakemoney: $1,557,016

Best Mile Rate: 1:49

A lightly raced winner at two, Century Farroh was the dominant three-year-old of his year in Canada, winning 12 of his 16 starts and $719,451 in stakes. Numbered among his successes were five Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Finals, Simcoe Stakes, Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and the North America Cup Consolation.

As a four-year-old, Century Farroh competed with real distinction against the top pacers on the Grand Circuit, earning $637,741. His major victories were the Dan Patch Invitational and the Breeders Crown, defeating $2 million earners Bettor’s Wish and This Is The Plan.

Century Farroh was named the Canadian 3YO Colt of the Year in 2019 and Canadian Horse of the Year in 2020.

Bred on a similar cross to the mighty Somebeachsomewhere, Century Farroh is a son of Mach Three and a member of one of North America’s leading maternal families. His dam, Beachy Girl (1:51), produced seven winners – all in 1:55 – and they amassed more than $2.4 million, while his grand-dam, Color Me Beachy (1:53.6) left nine winners including eight in 1:55.

Century Farroh arrived at Llowalong Farms in mid-August.

 

ON A STREAK USA

Foaled: 2018

Sire: Cantab Hall

Sireline: Speedy Crown

Dam: Habit’s Best, by Muscles Yankee

Family: Lizzie Withespoon

Stakemoney: $919,240

Best Mile Rate: 1:52.8

A son of influential sire Cantab Hall, On A Streak burst onto the scene as a two-year-old in 2020, winning two of the most important classics on the North American trotting calendar, the $600,000 Breeders Crown in a stakes record 1:52.8 beating Hambletonian champion Captain Corey and the $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial.

On A Streak also recorded notable placings in the Valley Victory Trot, Mohawk Million and Champlain Stake.

He was subsequently named as the Canadian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year.

With a record of 1:52.8 and a bankroll of $852,284 in his initial campaign, On A Streak is the richest and fastest two-year-old trotter ever to became available to ‘down under’ breeders.

On A Streak’s first three dams have produced 34 foals for 25 winners including 10 in 1:55. His dam, Habit’s Best, left four in the 1:55 list including Habitat 1:53 ($1.2 million), a prolific Stakes winner and the winner of the Canadian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year award in 2014.

 

MUSCLE M UP USA

Foaled: 2015

Sire: Muscle Hill USA

Sireline: Speedy Crown

Dam: Fashion Athena, by Broadway Hall

Family: Kit

Stakemoney: $195,233

Best Mile Rate: 1:51.4

With a mile mark of 1:51.4, the Muscle Hill horse Muscle M Up, who will stand his first season at Trump Bloodstock in Queensland, is the fastest trotter ever to stand in this country.

The winner of a Pennsylvania Sires Stake division at two, Muscle M Up took a record of 1:54.8 at three.

As a four-year-old he raced against the top free-for-allers in America, taking his lifetime mark of 1:51.4 in a $50,000 leg of the Graduate Series at The Meadowlands.

An upstanding individual of 16 hands, Muscle M Up carries the blood of great sires such as Muscle Hill, Broadway Hall, Pine Chip, Balanced Image, Super Bowl and Speedy Crown.