Smart son of Snitzel to Tasmania

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Written by Paul Vettise

A handsome son of champion stallion Snitzel has been secured by Grenville Stud in a further boost for the Tasmanian breeding industry.

Stratosphere, whose promising career was cut pre-maturely short by injury, will stand his first season alongside Mawingo (Ger) and Zululand.

“We’re always on the look-out for a stallion and I was talking to Bruce Slade at Newgate and he mentioned this horse,” Graeme McCulloch said. “I had a look at him and, to be honest, you won’t see a better-looking son of Snitzel.

“Peter Snowden spoke very highly of him and he had an enormous amount of ability.

Stratosphere

“I am delighted to have secured Stratosphere to stand at Grenville. He had blistering 2-year-old speed and comes from a brilliant family. He ticks all the boxes.”

Stratosphere made his debut in last season’s G3 Canonbury S. and finished a close second, but suffered a career-ending tendon injury during the race.

Stratosphere (left) 2nd to Performer (right) in the G3 Canonbury S.

“He had precocious speed and untapped ability and showed that at his first start when running second even though he was very inexperienced,” Snowden said.

“He was a genuine Group 1 horse and we felt he was the best 2-year-old we had that season,” Peter Snowden.

“He was a genuine Group 1 horse and we felt he was the best 2-year-old we had that season.” - Peter Snowden.

Stratosphere was purchased out of Luskin Park’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale draft in 2015 for $925,000 and signed for by the China Horse Club, Newgate and WinStar Farm.

A brother to the stakes winners Sprightly Lass and Le Cordon Bleu, he is out of the Listed Gosford Slipper winner Ultimate Fever (Gold Fever {USA}) and the family of the G3 Tea Rose S. winner Sabre Dancer (Twig Moss {Fr}).

In 2016, Snowden Racing bought Stratosphere’s half-brother by Smart Missile, the unraced Smart Consort, for $260,000 and the following year the half-sister by Hinchinbrook went to Stonestreet Stables and Newgate for $525,000.

Stratosphere pictured as a yearling

“I’ve always said it’s the best place to breed horses, its convincing people on the mainland of that.” – Graeme McCulloch.

McCulloch believes Stratosphere will be ideally-placed in Tasmania.

“I’ve always said it’s the best place to breed horses, its convincing people on the mainland of that,” he said.

“The climate is very similar to New Zealand and they’ve proved for years what a great place that is for breeding horses.

“The climate is very similar to New Zealand and they’ve proved for years what a great place that is for breeding horses.” – Graeme McCulloch.

“In the last three or four years Tasmania’s bred Group 1 winners Palentino, I bred Mongolian Khan and now Mystic Journey and that’s from one per cent of the broodmare population.”

Stratosphere will stand his first season at $4400 (inc GST) with Mawingo at the same fee while Zululand will stand for $5500 (inc GST).

“Zululand will be standing his second season at stud this breeding season and we eagerly anticipate the arrival of his first foals this spring,” McCulloch said.

Grenville Stud Service Fees 2019

Mawingo (Ger)Tertullian (USA)$4,400 $4,400
StratosphereSnitzel$4,400 -
ZululandFastnet Rock$5,500 $5,500