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Stallion parades roll on

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It is a busy weekend across the Hunter Valley, with stallion parades at all the major studs. TDN AusNZ's Bren O'Brien spoke to Newgate, Vinery & Kingstar Farm on how their weekend panned out.

Newgate

Newgate had plenty of interest in their newest addition Menari, who arrived on the farm only days ago after his recent retirement from racing.

But it was another first-season sire in Russian Revolution who led the parade out.

"He walked out like an absolute gun today, with the music pumping and the big crowd. He walked out with a swagger and we had lovely compliments about him," Bruce Slade, Newgate

Menari concluded the parade and Slade said the 4-year-old has settled in perfectly.

"He'd only arrived here on Wednesday night and for him to walk around like he did shows what an amazing attitude he has. He looks tremendous, he walks freely with lots of quality and he really impressed people," Bruce Slade.

Vinery Stud

At Vinery, the main attraction among their seven stallions was the legendary More Than Ready (USA), who comes back for his 18th season in Australia.

"More Than Ready as always was the star," Vinery General Manager Peter Orton said. "He looks wonderful again this year. It was great to have him back here. He is a wonderful stallion to have."

Orton said the younger stallions such as Press Statement and Star Turn were also well received by the big crowds.

Kingstar Farm

Over at Kingstar Farm in Denman, new stallion Lord of the Sky (Danerich {Aus}) was the main attraction and manager Adam Cook said he was very well received ahead of his first season.

"Lord of the Sky was great. We had 600-700 people through on Sunday particularly to look at him. He presented himself well and we probably got a half a dozen noms just through that," Cook said.

"On speed racehorses that lead and win are the ones that work," Adam Cook

Cook said Kingstar Farm, who also showcased their other stallions Bull Point and Salade, felt that Lord of the Sky compared favourably to several leading sires, in particular I am Invincible.

"On speed racehorses that lead and win are the ones that work," he said. "He's a Danzig-Bletchingly cross just like I am Invincible. They both won the same Group 3 race, and they both ran second in a Goodwood."

"They are very similar racehorses and that's what we based our purchase on."