Patinack Farm Joins TrueNicks

One of the newest stallion farms on the Australian scene, Patinack has quickly gathered an impressive roster of stallions, which for the 2011 breeding season will feature newly-retired classic winers Lope de Vega and Monaco Consul.

Lope de Vega (IRE) (TrueNicks) is a son of Shamardal, a horse who was never beaten on the turf, earning honours as European champion at 2, and winning the French 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) and French Derby (gr. I) at 3. Lope de Vega emulated his sire by also capturing these two classics (French Derby video below), accounting for the very talented Dick Turpin in the first, and scoring from Planteur, a recent group I winner, in the second. Lope de Vega is from Shamardal’s first Northern Hemisphere crop, and that son of Giant’s Causeway is sire of undefeated Italian Derby winner Crackerjack King and group I-winning 2-year-old Casamento in his second. His first Australian crop included VRC Oaks (gr. I) victress Faint Perfume and group I winner Captain Sonador.

Monaco Consul (NZ) (TrueNicks) is by the sensational Sadler’s Wells stallion High Chaparral. His record shows victories in the Victoria Derby (gr. I) and AJC Spring Champion Stakes (gr. I), as well as a trio of group I places. His sire, High Chaparral, won 10 of his 13 starts, including the Epsom Derby (gr. I), Irish Derby (gr. I), and two renewals of the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I). High Chaparral has made a remarkable start at stud with his first Southern Hemisphere producing, in addition to Monaco Consul, other group I winners So You Think, Shoot Out, and Descarado, and he currently heads the Australian general sire list. Monaco Consul’s dam is a half sister to the top-class racehorse and successful sire Military Plume, and from the immediate family of Niconero and Nicconi.

The Patinack stallions on TrueNicks also feature three Danzig line horses in Casino Prince, Murtajill, and Wonderful World. Casino Prince (AUS) (TrueNicks) is a group I winner by Flying Spur, a champion sire son of Danehill. A winner of three races at 2, including the Skyline Stakes (gr. III), he went on to add the Alister Clark Stakes (gr. II) and Chipping Norton Stakes (gr. I), and take second in the Australian Guineas (gr. I)—beaten a head by Miss Finland—and Doncaster Handicap (gr. I), and thirds in three other group I's. A half brother to two other stakes winners, Casino Prince is out of Lady Capel, a stakes-placed daughter of Last Tycoon who is a sister to Palia, the group stakes-winning dam of group I winner Onemorenomore , and to stakes winner and sire Just Awesome. Casino Prince’s first crop are now yearlings, and he made headlines when his son and half brother to Black Caviar topped the Sydney Easter Yearling Sales at A$1,025,000.

Murtajill (AUS) (TrueNicks) is also a Danehill grandson. A record-priced weanling, he proved his worth with wins in the AJC Skyline Stakes (gr. III) and AJC Breeders’ Plate. He also earned places in five other group stakes, including seconds in the All Aged Stakes (gr. I) and Doomben 10,000 (gr. I). Murtajill is by world Horse of the Year Rock of Gibraltar, now firmly established as one of Danehill’s most consistent stallion sons. Murtajill’s dam is champion Australasian 3-year-old sprinter Skating, also dam of the Magic Millions 2-year-old classic victor Bradbury’s Luck (a three-parts-brother to Murtajill), and to the dam of group I winner Juste Momente (out of a three-parts-sister to Murtajill).

Completing Patinack’s trio of Danzig grandsons is Wonderful World (AUS) (TrueNicks). This versatile performer took the Caulfield Guineas (gr. I) and Caulfield Guineas Prelude (gr. III), and was four time group I-placed from 1200m to 2040m, including a second in the W. S. Cox Plate (gr. I). Wonderful World is by Danzig’s sprint star Agnes World, winner of the Prix de l’Abbaye (gr. I) and July Cup (gr. I), and from the family of the outstanding sprinter Spartacus.

An outcross for Danehill, Danzig, and Northern Dancer in general is Husson (ARG) (TrueNicks). Undefeated Husson was champion at 2 in his native Argentina, and a group I scorer at 2 and 3, winning five times from 1200m to 1600m. His victories included the Raul y Raul E. Chevalier (gr. I), which he took by nine lengths while running 1400m in a track-record time of 1:18.98, the Gran Criterium (gr. I), running 1600m in 1:32.88, and the Gran Premio International de La Americas (gr. I). Hussonet is by Mr. Prospector’s son Hussonet, a sensational multiple champion sire in South America, and in Australia, sire of such as champion Weekend Hussler and group I winners Reaan and Gold Trial (the latter duo out of Danehill line mares, a strain that Husson is also an outcross to). Husson retired to stud in Australia in 2008, and his first crop are now yearlings.

Completing the line-up of Patinack stallions on TrueNicks is Raheeb (AUS) (TrueNicks), a horse whose stallion credentials are obvious. By Royal Academy—whose son Bel Esprit is currently riding high as sire of Black Caviar—he is a brother to group stakes winner Piccadilly Circus, dam of champion 3-year-old and sprinter and red-hot sire Fastnet Rock. Not surprisingly, in view of this pedigree, Raheeb was a talented sprinter, winning the NJC Cameron Handicap (gr. III) and listed VRC Paris Lane Stakes, and took runner-up spot in three other group stakes. Raheeb served his first season in 2010.

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