When American farm Spendthrift announced the stallion roster for the inaugural year of its Australian operation, critics were fast to raise an eyebrow and wonder how successful the new venture would be.
Alongside Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Hampton Court stood two unknown American raced and bred stallions – Jimmy Creed and Warrior’s Reward.
General Manager Garry Cuddy certainly had his work cut out.
“Look we didn’t get big books in their first seasons, but with a little luck and with some lovely foals on the ground, that is changing,” Cuddy said.
(And we add quite a bit of hard work by the team out at the Romsey farm.)
The little bit of luck started with Jimmy Creed and the success of his progeny in America. The son of Distorted Humour produced 20 first crop winners in the states.
“His book went from 20-odd to well over one-hundred mares, he’s going really well,” said Cuddy.
The added bonus was the precocious nature of the progeny of Hampton Court, a stallion perceived by many to be likely to produce staying stock.
“He’s not leaving that sort of horse – the Hampton Courts can be quite precocious and the fact that there are two in the Magic Millions sale is proof of that,” said Cuddy.
While the 2019 yearling sales will see a much stronger presence from Spendthrift stallions are Australian yearling sales, Cuddy and his team are thrilled to get the ball running at one of the biggest sales in Australia – and with VOBIS Sires status to boot.
No luck in that status though. Spendthrift, a completely new player on the Victorian scene in 2015, was almost the first stallion farm to sign up to the inaugural year of VOBIS Sires stallion nominations.
You can find detailed information about the $1 million Showdown and all VOBIS Sires yearlings at the sales by visiting the VOBIS Sires webpage.