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  1. fitzy

    Volksraad as a broodmare sire

    Interesting comments Berri which clearly must be taken at face value. Obviously one of the vagaries of horse breeding that a horse with such limited ability plus soundness and temperament issues could prove to be such a successful stallion. Thankfully he didn’t seem to pass his unsatisfactory traits to most of his stock. Stallion selection is clearly a lottery.
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    Volksraad as a broodmare sire

    Berri with your knowledge of English racing I am staggered by your comments. Volksraad was purchased by Pat Connell who had close connections to the Henry Cecil stables. They knew full well how much ability he had but due to injury he wasn’t able to show this on the track. No doubt lightly raced horses like this are always a risk but Pat was prepared to take the gamble. He is one of only 2 or 3 stallions in the past 40 years who genuinely started at the bottom and became Champion sires. i have heard suggestions that his partners in the horse weren’t that impressed but clearly changed their minds later
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    Volksraad as a broodmare sire

    See Peter Jenkins pedigree comments below from a few years back. MF a superior racer with strong pedigree. Service fee very reasonable. Rock of Gibraltar: Overall SW/named foals - 6% SW/named foal with mares by Green Desert or his sons - 20% (none involve Cape Cross) Danehill Dancer has 37.5% stakes horses to named foals with mares by Green Desert or his sons while his overall average is 11.4%. Gold Mine program shows a VGS score of 1.83 for the Danehill-Green Desert cross (in that order). For the uninitiated this score predicts the number of SW a certain cross is likely to produce given the overall stakeswinner production of the individuals involved. The cross is expected to yield 7.63 SW but has yielded 14.
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    Wrote

    Stud book says 23 foals from 82 mares in 1st NZ crop with 41 no returns which seems unusual. Small foal crops in US also. What is his fertility like.?
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    Volksraad as a broodmare sire

    Mongolian Falcon
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    Showcasing

    Jeepers am not so sure that Cape Cross ever struggled for mares. In his first 4 years at Cambridge Stud he served 455 mares with over 100 in first 2 seasons. He sired 28 2YO winners (10 black type) in his first NH crop. As a result he was priced out of our market and then didnt come back to NZ for a number of seasons, as an older stallion. Showcasing has averaged 115 mares in his 7 NZ seasons so no lack of support their either.
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    Showcasing

    Interesting that his NZ crops seemingly had little if any of the qualities of his NH sired runners.
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    Zed

    I see Verry Flash ran his usual honest race for 2nd at Tauranga after being parked 4 or 5 wide at the tail of the field! Horse obviously has ability so why would you waste your time racing here for $30k when he could go around in Sydney every Saturday for $120k with a decent jockey on board?
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    ​Crown Prosecutor

    Not surprising really even Epsom Derby winners struggle to be commercial stallion prospects unless they have been top 2yo’s or have won G1 miles. The fact that Crown Prosecuter paid over $100 in winning the derby should tell you enough about his 3yo form. Expect his temperament as a colt was the main issue.
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    Royal Ascot

    I think Sir T and Zabeel both sired Gt Northern winners. Do you judge their stud careers on that fact alone ..............
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    Winx enjoying life on the farm....

    Surely they can afford a paddock with actual grass?
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    waimate

    Reading these comments I cant help wondering if some of you are missing the point. Punting pays for racing - no betting = no income = low stakes. Unfortunately for clubs like Waimate as a result of only having 1 or 2 days a year its hard to punt with confidence when you dont have a good understanding of track conditions. Yesterday was rated as a Good 3 but they were running close to 1.13 + for 1200 m - really ? Even allowing for the class of horse going around that seems off. If we want to grow turnover then we need to provide punters with racing surfaces they can bet on with confidence. Clubs like Waimate will always struggle in that regard. Inconsistent racing surfaces when you cant follow the form must end up being a turnoff for punters. Eventually they give up and spend their money on something else. This is a major issue with the problems of NZ racing, and in my view is the major factor which suggests racecourse rationalisation is essential. That said the big clubs are not exactly showing the way forward on this issue, and need to improve dramatically.
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    Ocean Park or Sacred Falls

    Great to see Ocean Park with a very good G2 winner yesterday. Looks a potential top horse.
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    Ocean Park or Sacred Falls

    I think we can accept that the Cox Plate is technically a 2000m race Huey. He never ran past that distance is the point.
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    Ocean Park or Sacred Falls

    OP didn’t race at 5 and fairly sure he never raced past 2000m. His numbers of winners is enormous and I’ll be surprised if a few top liners don’t come along.