Mapperley Stud has added Snitzel’s Group 1 winning son, Summer Passage, to their five-strong stallion roster ahead of the 2019 breeding season, where he will stand for a fee of $8000+GST.
An $A800,000 yearling, Summer Passage was a high-class juvenile, winning the Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper (1200m) before showing sustained speed when crossing from the outside barrier to win the Group1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie in emphatic fashion.
The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained colt then proved he was up with the best of his generation across the Tasman, when a brave second to Invader in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), defeating subsequent Group 1 winners Trapeze Artist and The Mission.
Raced by Hermitage Thoroughbreds, Summer Passage had a mixed campaign at three when plagued by a back injury, with the highlight being a second placing in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) behind Perast, with Kementari in third.
The entire failed to fire in five-starts in Hong Kong and was subsequently retired and becomes the first son of Australia’s champion sire Snitzel to stand at stud in New Zealand.
Mapperley Stud principal Simms Davison was delighted to secure the precocious Group 1 winner and believes Summer Passage will add balance to the Matamata nursery’s roster, complementing the stallions Contributer, Complacent, Puccini and He’s Remarkable.
“I had been looking for a horse ever since I lost Atlante, a precocious, physically strong horse who not only appealed to the Australian market but to traders, as far as not having to wait long to get a horse up and going,” Davison said.
“Summer Passage ticked all those boxes. We all know what he did as a two-year-old, especially in that Sistema Stakes when he had drawn wide. He stormed around the whole lot and charged to the front and he showed how tough he was.”