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  1. Giant’s Steps, the champion three-year-old colt of Chile in 2012/13 and closely related to the champion sires Hussonet and Ekraar, will be an exciting new addition to the New Zealand stallion ranks this spring when he stands at Linwood Park Stud in Cambridge. “With Ekraar having been such a success story for Linwood Park and Hussonet a champion sire in Australia it is perfect timing for us to acquire Giant’s Steps who has the same female family,” said Linwood Park stud manager Tony Mudgway. “It is undoubtedly one of the best stallion families in the stud book today. Not only did he possess a wonderful pedigree but he showed an amazing turn of foot on the racetrack which saw him achieve success at the highest level,” Mudgway said. A dual Group 1 winner and the winner of six races, Giant’s Steps (pictured) is a son of champion sire Giant’s Causeway (six times Gr.1 winner) who is the best son of Storm Cat and one of the best sires in the world. Giant’s Causeway was the champion freshman sire in Europe in 2004, Champion 2yo sire in U.S.A. in 2005 and he has already sired champion 2-y-o’s, Classic winning 3-yr-o’s, record breaking older horses, and exceptional colts and fillies on both dirt and turf. He is the sire of 28 Gr.1 winners worldwide. Certainly as a sire of international repute, Giant’s Causeway is the most recognizable and most successful of the many sons of Storm Cat at stud, but the lead sire for Coolmore’s Ashford Stud is atypical from many other sons of Storm Cat by siring a large percentage of horses who prefer a distance and show their best form with maturity. Those are admirable traits, even if they diverge somewhat from the “typical” Storm Cat tendencies of speed and early maturity. The salient quality about Giant’s Causeway stock is class, and from nine crops now age 3 or older, he has 129 stakes winners. What puts him at the top of the list of leading American sires in 2012 is stakes performance and especially graded stakes winners. To date, he has 62 graded or group stakes winners around the world. And just like his sire, Giant’s Causeway was a success from his first crop. That group included classic winners Shamardal and Footstepsinthesand, and both have sired high-class performers in their own right. Giant's Steps (Giant's Causeway-Hamsaat Hi Haat, by Hennessy) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer Patricio Baeza in the Gr1 Premio El Ensayo Mega (2400m) for 3YO colts and fillies on turf, over fellow colts El Faraon (Dushyantor-Mirza, by Fappavalley) & Flaco Simpatico (Fusaichi Pegasus-Whinny, by Stuka). He also scored a brilliant success in the Gr. 1 Clasico Polla de Potrillos and his other major victory came in the Gr. 2 Gran Clasico Coronacion. Born in Argentina at Haras Pozo de Luna and bred in Chile by Haras Puerta de Hierro, Giant’s Steps is out of the placed Hennessy (USA) mare Hamsaat Hi Haat (USA) and comes from a superb dam family. Third dam, the champion USA 3YO Filly of 1987, Sachuista, left two champion sire sons in Hussonet and Ekraar. Hussonet was *Champion Sire in Chile 2000-2005*; *Champion 2YO Sire of Chile 5 times, 1998, 2002-2005*; *Champion First Season Sire 1998*; and has sired a total of 75 stakeswinners. Hussonet made an immediate impact with his first Australian-bred progeny as the sire of 7-time Group 1 winner Weekend Hustler. Ekraar (by Red Ransom) has been a boom at stud as the sire of the Gr. 1 winners Shez Sinsational, Habibi, Rising Romance and Ekstreme who were all top-class gallopers. Shez Sinsational won four Gr. 1 races comprising the Spring Champion Stakes at Hastings, Auckland Cup, Darci Brahma International Stakes and the Zabeel Classic. Habibi won the Gr. 1 New Zealand Derby while Rising Romance won the Gr. 1 AJC Oaks in Sydney. Ekstreme recorded her Group 1 victory in the Captain Cook Stakes. Giant’s Steps will stand alongside Ekraar and Echoes Of Heaven. His service fee will be $5000 plus gst. A brochure, Trackside advertisement and other promotional material on Giant’s Steps will follow soon. This post has been promoted to an article
  2. Cambridge stables will be trading blows on Boxing Day in the three-year-old fillies’ feature. Stephen Marsh has three contenders in the Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie, numbers matched by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman while Roger James will saddle likely favourite Tavy, pictured. Marsh’s team is spearheaded by the unbeaten Sardaaj, who has been untested in two starts to date with wins at Ruakaka and Te Rapa. Since then she enjoyed a day out at the recent Te Aroha trials. “She ran second under a very good hold,” Marsh said. “She was getting a bit full of herself and jumping around and showing off. “The Eight Carat’s a good field and she will still have further improvement in her. The Levin Classic on January 17 is when she’ll be right at the top of her game.” Stablemate Liten Prinsessa lost her unbeaten record at Ellerslie behind the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby favourite Volkstok’n’barrell, but Marsh was far from disappointed. “There wasn’t much pace and she over-raced,” he said. “It was a bit tight for room in the straight and she was a bit shy, but she’s another smart filly.” The third member of the trio is Thee Auld Floozie, who won twice before she failed at Trentham and Marsh is tipping the Mastercraftsman filly to quickly redeem herself. “She did a few things wrong, but I expect to see her bounce back,” he said. Baker and Forsman will line up Charmont, Red Robyn and Saavoya with the former already down to $10 in the market for the Gr.1 Wellfield NZ Oaks following an impressive last-start maiden success. Significantly, Opie Bosson stays with Charmont after also riding Red Robyn to a recent win. The James-trained Tavy has won her last two starts, including the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial for regular rider Vinnie Colgan. “We’ve been impressed with her from day one and she’s always had something special,” Colgan said. Cambridge stables will be trading blows on Boxing Day in the three-year-old fillies’ feature. Stephen Marsh has three contenders in the Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie, numbers matched by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman while Roger James will saddle likely favourite Tavy. Marsh’s team is spearheaded by the unbeaten Sardaaj, who has been untested in two starts to date with wins at Ruakaka and Te Rapa. Since then she enjoyed a day out at the recent Te Aroha trials. “She ran second under a very good hold,” Marsh said. “She was getting a bit full of herself and jumping around and showing off. “The Eight Carat’s a good field and she will still have further improvement in her. The Levin Classic on January 17 is when she’ll be right at the top of her game.” Stablemate Liten Prinsessa lost her unbeaten record at Ellerslie behind the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby favourite Volkstok’n’barrell, but Marsh was far from disappointed. “There wasn’t much pace and she over-raced,” he said. “It was a bit tight for room in the straight and she was a bit shy, but she’s another smart filly.” The third member of the trio is Thee Auld Floozie, who won twice before she failed at Trentham and Marsh is tipping the Mastercraftsman filly to quickly redeem herself. “She did a few things wrong, but I expect to see her bounce back,” he said. Baker and Forsman will line up Charmont, Red Robyn and Saavoya with the former already down to $10 in the market for the Gr.1 Wellfield NZ Oaks following an impressive last-start maiden success. Significantly, Opie Bosson stays with Charmont after also riding Red Robyn to a recent win. The James-trained Tavy has won her last two starts, including the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial for regular rider Vinnie Colgan. “We’ve been impressed with her from day one and she’s always had something special,” Colgan said. This post has been promoted to an article