New Zealand bred champion pacer Lazarus will stand his first season at stud in the Southern Hemisphere, this spring, under a landmark deal in New South Wales.
Industry rumours were confirmed on Tuesday, when it was announced the two-time New Zealand Cup winner would stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud, near Wagga Wagga.
Though New Zealand based studs missed out on the rights to the Bettor’s Delight stallion, he will be available to breeders here for a stud fee of $10,000+GST.
Lazarus will stand for a fee of $A10,000, including GST, in Australia, where he will stand beside fellow New Zealand-bred, Tin Tin In America.
The Interdominion winner has been backed by the New South Wales Harness Racing Club, which operate Menangle raceway.
Yirribee Pacing Stud studmaster, Rod Woodhouse, said he was delighted to be able to stand one of the best pacers in Australasian history on behalf of the club.
“He is certainly an exceptional animal.”
“When someone like Mark Purdon says he is an absolute champion, and I don’t use champion lightly, you realise how good he must be.”