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AGELESS CLASSIC KEEPS PACE WITH THE TIMES (CONT)
"We've seen increasing demand from
Australia over the past number of years at the
horses-in-training sales, predominantly for
horses who have proven their stamina. Many
of the richest races around the globe are run at
distances of a mile and a quarter or a mile and a
half, so quality stamina is always at a premium."
While Christy Grassick oversees a very healthy
contingent of recent Epsom Derby winners
on behalf of Coolmore, the Irish-based
international conglomerate hasn't completely
cornered the market when it comes to Blue
Riband winners with arguably their best stud
exploits waiting ahead. Besides Sea The Stars
also standing in Ireland on the stallion roster of
The Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud, there're a good
number of active winners of the race available
just about here, there and everywhere.
New Approach is amongst the shining
lights of Darley's Dalham Hall Stud line-up
in England; Motivator was recently relocated
to the Head family's esteemed Haras du
Quesnay nursery in France; and Juddmonte's
most recent Epsom Derby winner Workforce
stands in Japan under the management of the
Shadai Stallion Station. There's even unraced
offspring of an Epsom Derby winner in Libya
where the 2003 winner Kris Kin stood for one
season before meeting with his premature
demise in August 2012.
Further illustrating the new-age appeal of
Epsom Derby winners on a worldwide basis is
the development that took place late last year
when Authorized stood the 2013 southern
hemisphere breeding season in Chile after four
visits to the Hunter Valley between 2009-2012.
Despite 230-plus years of opportunity, the
venture witnessed Authorized becoming the
first-ever Epsom Derby winner to stand at
stud in Chile. In doing so, the top-quality son
of Montjeu wrote a new chapter in that proud
thoroughbred nation's history.
According to Nelson Sepulveda, a
prominent bloodstock agent based in the
South American country, the exercise proved
to be a resounding success. He reports that the
reception afforded Authorized was befitting
the winner of the world's greatest Classic and
suggests that the outcome augurs well for his
native thoroughbred industry on many fronts.
"He got one of the bigger books of mares
in Chile," confirmed Sepulveda. "Important
farms/studs/owners (including me) sent a
very attractive group to be served. Many
stakes winners are now in foal: Noble Vine,
Treccia Bianca, Licarayen, Ponte Leccia (by
Hussonet), Binaria, No es Por Na (Champion
2YO Filly on turf), Athenea (Gr1 winner by
Hussonet), Taihedian, Showcase, Por Que
Ries etc. Also, one of the people who sent
mares to Authorized is fantastic Chilean
football player Arturo Vidal."
Sepulveda suggests that the resulting
progeny from Authorized's inaugural stud visit
to Chile will have at least one clear advantage
when the time comes for them to race.
"In longer distances, they have a big future.
The Sadler's Wells sireline has been very
good in Chile, especially with Dushyantor,
Stagecraft and Sadler's Congress over longer
distances. The most important stakes [events]
are run on grass and are the longer ones, such
as the Chilean Derby and El Ensayo, both over
2400m for 3-year-olds. So I think he will have
good stakes-winners in coming years."
Sepulveda also predicts that Authorized
won't be the last Epsom Derby winner to make
his way to stud in Chile and very much looks
forward to the possibility of using more.
"I hope so!" admits the committed
thoroughbred enthusiast. "I think Camelot
could come at some stage in the future. Also
Pour Moi, New Approach, Ruler of the World,
Sir Percy etc; especially so if they are horses
owned by Darley or Coolmore. Chilean breeders
are now shuttling many stallions they own."
HUNTER VALLEY BREAKTHROUGH
Such are the widespread affairs concerning
Epsom Derby winners these days, the South
American venture involving Authorized has as
much to do with ANZAC broodmare owners
as they do with their counterparts on the
other side of the South Pacific Ocean. Very
prominently in contention for the upcoming
$2 million Australian Derby was Complacent,
the first Australian-crop son of Authorized
that landed this season's ATC Spring
Champion Stakes before finishing runner-up
in the VRC Victoria Derby.
Judging on Complacent's progress in the
spring, there was a very real possibility (until
his unfortunate injury) of the Australian
Derby - arguably the most coveted 3-year-old
Classic on the Australasian racing calendar
- being won by a son of an Epsom Derby
winner for the second time in succession, not
to mention for the third time in five years.
However, just as pertinent is the fact that last
year's winner It's a Dundeel was very recently
the subject of a major coup which will see him
join the Arrowfield Stud roster later this year.
It's not unusual for Australian Derby
winners to be retired to the Hunter Valley
for stud duties. Woodlands did so with
at least two in the form of Dr Grace and
Octagonal. However, Arrowfield's capture of
It's a Dundeel effectively sees him as the first
Australian Derby winner by an Epsom Derby
winner to commence his stud career in the
heartland of Golden Slipper territory. Who'd
have ever thought they'd see the day!
While trends fade and fashions and favour
seamlessly change in one sector of modern-
day life to the next, it seems that it is still the
Epsom Derby that sets the benchmark for our
A race first run not years or decades, but
centuries, ago is still influencing every corner
of the thoroughbred world and determining
tomorrow's intercontinental champions
through its infinite appeal and resilience
Even two World Wars couldn't stop it!
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