Australia and New Zealand 2020/21 season summary

verry-elleegant chipping-norton-tdnSource: TDN Australia 1st August 2021

We wrap up the 2020/21 season to see who came out on top for Champion honours in their respective categories.

Champion Australian General Sire

Yulong Stud stallion Written Tycoon amassed $17,004,493 in prizemoney from 379 runners to claim his first Champion Australian General Sire award.

He was responsible for Group 1 winners Ole Kirk, Odeum and Pippie along with a further six individual Group winners.

Written Tycoon will stand the upcoming breeding season at Yulong Stud for a service fee of $165,000 (inc GST).

Messara elected as Chair of Racing Australia

vii2avjgk-johnmessaracover-2-2Respected thoroughbred leader and breeder John Messara has been unanimously appointed the first independent Chair of Racing Australia, re-assuming the position he held from 2014 until 2016.

The Arrowfield Stud Founder and Chairman, who was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame as an associate in May, assumes the role left vacant after Greg Nichols' term concluded in April 2021.

In order to be eligible to fill the role, Messara was also appointed as an independent director on the Racing Australia board, the first time that someone other than those directors nominated by each of the Principal Racing Authorities has been appointed to the board.

With a long list of leadership roles in Australian racing, including as Racing NSW Chairman from 2011 to 2016, which also included his term as Racing Australia Chair. Messara's appointment as an independent and powerful voice appears to be a major step towards resolving the state-based rivalries which have stymied Racing Australia's ability to act on several key industry issues.

Graff made to measure for Kitchwin Hills

qyuwkftlp-graff-1-1Kitchwin Hills has added a second stallion to its 2021 roster, with confirmation that the Group 2-winning son of Star Witness, Graff, will stand alongside Sooboog.

Graff, a winner of four races, including the G2 Caulfield Sprint and G3 San Domenico S., and placed behind The Autumn Sun and Zousain in the 2018 G1 Golden Rose S., will stand for $13,200 (inc GST).

Kitchwin Hills' Stud Manager Mick Malone was proudly presenting the farm's new acquisition to a group of prominent breeders in the stables adjacent to the Magic Millions Gold Coast sales complex when TDN AusNZ caught up with him.

"It’s only early days, we have just announced him, but he's been received well," he said.

"You will go a long way to see a horse like him. Alan Bell bought him, that should be recommendation enough, but if you have a look at him, he's got such bone and strength.

"He's a beautiful horse. I have kept an eye on him his whole race career. Everyone remembers him. He was probably a horse that at one point, people would have been spruiking him as a $10 to $20 million stallion, and things didn't go his way.

Zoustar's fee rises as Widden announces fees

lnojqohlu-zoustar-1-1Widden Stud's headline act Zoustar will return to a service fee of $154,000 (inc GST) in 2021 as the two-state operation confirmed prices for its entire 21-strong stallion roster across New South Wales and Victoria.

The uncertainty surrounding a looming COVID-19 crisis saw Zoustar's 2020 fee drop to $121,000, but with plenty of confidence back in the market and some outstanding results for his progeny both on the track and in the sales ring, he goes back to his pre-pandemic price in 2021.

Zoustar, who also shuttles to Tweenhills Stud in Great Britain, has had 13 stakes winners globally since August 1, highlighted by the G1 Newmarket H. winner Zoutori, who is the leading earner of his Australian progeny in 2020/21.

At 10 years of age, Zoustar is the youngest stallion in the Top 10 on the Australian Sires' Table, with his progeny earning over $10 million this season.

His current crop of yearlings have also hit the mark with buyers, with 110 sold at a career-high average of $266,695, including 24 at an average of $390,625 at this month's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

That list included a colt out of Lady Jivago (Beneteau) offered by Widden, which sold for a record price for the stallion of $1.25 million. He is one of seven $1 million-plus yearlings for Zoustar, three of which have come in 2021.

Newgate toasts another Group 1 victory with Champagne result

ic2ds49bl-capt-1Newgate’s massive investment in its stallion roster returned another bumper dividend at Randwick on Saturday when Capitalist’s high-priced youngster Captivant struck a winning blow in the G1 Champagne S.

Henry Field’s Newgate shares in the ownership of the G1 Moet & Chandon Champagne S. winner Captivant and is blessed with an abundance of young stallion talent with Capitalist now matching the feats of his youthful associates Extreme Choice and Flying Artie.

Through an outstanding autumn for the Hunter Valley farm, Extreme Choice’s son Stay Inside claimed the G1 Golden Slipper S. while Flying Artie sired the G1 Blue Diamond S. winner Artorius.

Newgate is also involved with a number of partners in the ownership of all three Group 1-winning colts so the future quality of the roster is assured when the time comes for the trio to move on to the second stages of their careers.

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