Let's get physical part 2

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TDN AusNZ continues physically reviewing the 1st season sire class of the Hunter Valley, with Merchant Navy to Supido. We chat to breeders and agents about what mares might best complement these stallions on type.

In last Thursday's edition we kicked off 'Let's Get Physical' across the Hunter Valley by reviewing stallions Caravaggio through to Menari. Click here to view Part 1 if you missed it:

Today we continue alphabetically with Merchant Navy to Supido.

Merchant Navy

Standing at Coolmore for $55,000

Fastnet Rock - Legally Bay, by Snippets

Unbeaten in three starts as a two-year-old, Merchant Navy returned as a spring three-year-old to win the G3 McNeill S. and G1 Coolmore Stud S. down the Flemington straight. After his sale to Coolmore, he placed in the G1 Newmarket H. before heading across the world to join Ballydoyle. He won the G2 Greenlands S. at the Curragh then took out a close finish of the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot.

Brian Nutt, breeder:

"Merchant Navy looks to be a stallion of the future, and for a stallion coming off a successful racing programme in the Northern Hemisphere, he looks to have travelled and settled in well to his new environment."

"He is a good size, strong forearm and shoulder with good rein. Merchant Navy is well balanced and should suit a wide variety of broodmares as far as type is concerned. He should put some substance and speed into his stock, especially being out of a Snippets mare."

Andrew Ferguson, breeder:

"This is Fastnet Rock’s heir apparent - and like Hinchinbrook, is out of a Snippets mare. In 12 months we'll look at him in a year and see a slightly smaller replica of Fastnet Rock - strong, with a great girth and hindquarter. He seems to have a super laid back temperament - traveling around the world to win a Group 1, you would have to be fairly relaxed!"

"Find smaller, neater mares to mate to him - exactly what you would send to Fastnet himself. The Snippets mare he’s out of might refine them somewhat. I’m just disappointed I can’t get a mare to him!"


Standing at Arrowfield for $22,000

Redoute's Choice - Secluded, by Hussonet

A brilliant winner of the G3 Canonbury Stakes on debut, Pariah then headed to Melbourne for two gallant 2nds in the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude (c&g) & G1 Blue Diamond S. At three, Pariah resumed with a strong win in the G3 San Domenico S., before finishing 2nd to Menari in the G3 Run to the Rose.

Andrew Ferguson, breeder:

"Probably one of the nicest first season sires I saw, a stunning individual with a beautiful pedigree. Love the way he walks - the hind leg gets right up and under him. We had had a lot of success with sons of Redoute’s Choice at Bell River. Pariah didn’t get his Group 1, but neither did NASD or Beneteau. He’s an affordable price which gives the breeders access to a Group 1 pedigree for a lower fee."

"This horse is not too big or small so he will suit most mares. Not heavy - although he hasn’t really let down yet, but he’s very athletic so he should be able to improve mares. On pedigree there are a range of outcross lines that will suit, I wouldn’t want to limit the options by stating any as most suitable."

Peter O'Brien, breeder:

"Pariah is exactly what you would expect from a James Harron purchased yearling. He is full of quality and has an extraordinary action. While he wasn't a Group 1 winner, he was brilliantly fast. Any son of Redoute's Choice that John Messara decides to stand, you'd want to stand up and take proper notice."

"He has quite a lot of scope for a fast, precocious horse. I'd be looking for a mare with a good middle to her. Obviously Encosta de Lago-line mares are the ideal ones to target - it worked for Melito, and it works for Redoute's Choice."


Standing at Darley for $24,750

Iffraaj - Mujarah, by Marju

A Group 2 winning two-year-old, Ribchester developed into a Champion miler at three & four. He won the G3 Jersey S. at Royal Ascot on his way to beating Vadamos in the G1 Prix Jacques Le Marois, then finished a game 2nd to Minding in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. He returned at four to win another three elite G1 mile races: the Lockinge S., Queen Anne S. at Royal Ascot, and the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.

Peter O'Brien, breeder:

"Ribchester is a big scopey horse with a beautiful action and plenty of quality. He was a Champion miler, an exceptional talent, but people often forget that he also did win the Mill Reef and was 2nd in the Gimcrack at two over 1200m."

"This is a lovely outcross horse, a rangey horse so send strong short-coupled speedy colonial families to him. He has a Nureyev double cross - I love throwing as much as the Special family into the mix in matings, so mares by Stravinsky & Thorn Park I’d be targeting."

Andrew Ferguson, breeder:

"More typical of the European shuttle stallions. He was a very very good racehorse, won multiple Group 1 races over a mile and that’s the type physically reflects."

"Ribchester would suit the speed horses; mares with precocity tend to suit these type of shuttle stallions. He’s a longer horse so I’d go for a shorter coupled mare by Exceed and Excel, NASD or Snitzel perhaps."

Russian Revolution

Standing at Newgate for $55,000

Snitzel - Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky

Winner of his only two starts as a two-year-old, Russian Revolution returned at three to take out his next two in the G3 Vain S. & G2 Roman Consul. After finishing 4th in Flying Artie's Coolmore Stud S., he returned as an autumn three-year-old to win the G1 Galaxy S. beating older horses including Redzel. At four he took out the G2 Ian McEwen S. and closed his career with a win in the G1 Oakleigh P.

Andrew Ferguson, breeder:

"A very quick horse. Different to Menari (also a first season sire son of Snitzel at Newgate) - Russian is more like his sire Snitzel, who can leave them looking like a range of types. He won the same race as his sire, taking out the Oakleigh Plate, and another G1. If you go back to Newgate in 12 months I am sure this horse will be the image of his sire on type."

"Treat him as a mini-Snitzel when making your considerations. Similar to Snitzel, I’d send him a bigger mare with scope. On pedigree anything works with Snitzel, and that could well be case here too. Russian was a very fast horse, so if you had a mare that needed speed, he’d be worth considering - although I think he’s booked chocker-block anyway!"

Andrew Williams, agent:

"This horse is a very well balanced individual. He has plenty of strength to him, he is really letting down well. He’s got a gorgeous head, not dissimilar to broodmare sire Stravinsky and the Nureyev sireline."

"As he’s built in the profile of his sire Snitzel, I’ll be leaning towards mares with scope. He’s got all the quality in the world, so will have the ability to add class and improve the mares that are sent to him. He was so fast, so will add that pure speed to his matings."


Standing at Aquis for $16,500

Thorn Park - Stella Livia, by Titus Livius

A seasoned sprinter, Spieth lined up in no less than eight individual Group 1 sprints. Unraced at two, he won four of seven starts at three, then returned at four for two unlucky, close seconds in the G1 Darley Classic & G1 Lightning S.

Andrew Ferguson, breeder:

"Lovely presence, great walk and hocks. Really tracked up well under himself. Most people would appreciate that Spieth was a top racehorse, so it is a great opportunity to access the genetics of a Group 1 horse for a lower fee had he won one. We’ve had a lot of success going to a horse like this - not having to pay for the Group 1 privilege. I think he will leave great racehorses."

"Spieth is quite a long horse, so I would go for a shorter coupled mare. Neat, smaller daughters of the top Danehill-line sires will suit. This should also give you the best opportunity to breed something that might go early."

Louis Le Metayer, agent:

"Imposing, powerful and scopey horse with a huge girth, correct front legs and a big action."

"Being free of Danehill & Danzig makes him very easy to mate. He is a horse with a lot of speed and from a sensational pedigree. Physically he will be suited to most mares.


Standing at Widden for $11,000

Sebring - Lady Succeed, by Brian's Time

Supido was unraced at two, but showed his ability at three with top city wins. He put together a five-race winning streak - four of which were at 1100m/1000m down the Flemington straight. Supido's first G1 appearance was a third placing in the G1 Goodwood H. to Black Heart Bart, he returned in the autumn to run 2nd to English & Redzel in the G2 Challenge S. before taking out the G3 John Monash S. at Caulfield.

Andrew Ferguson, breeder:

"I didn’t see this horse at the parades, but saw him when he raced against I Am Excited. Being a son of Sebring, I’m sure he’ll get winners. Sebring doesn’t stamp his stock, they can look like a range of types, but they’re winners and he’s really capable of leaving a very top racehorse. Supido is not an overly big horse but he was a fast horse."

Michael Kent, trainer:

"A lovely refined thoroughbred, especially when compared to the coarser-type sprinters we can get in Australia. He's has an attractive head and is built like a Halo-line horse on type. Supido has a lot of quality - muscle tone, length, girth and a good hindquarter. He also has a beautiful temperament."

"One very interesting thing to note about Supido is he is a CC on genetic testing - so very fast genetics to be accessed here. This is rare for a Sebring, as typically they are CT. I'll be breeding to his strengths, sending him an attractive, fast mare and hoping they reproduce the same."