Vinery Australia Now on TrueNicks

Established on a property with a near 100-year history as a Thoroughbred nursery, Vinery Australia offers a line-up of stallions that encompasses the best of both international breeding and domestic bloodlines.

The roster is headed by More Than Ready (TrueNicks,SRO), a brilliant juvenile and grade I-winning 3-year-old sprinter who has the unique distinction of capturing titles as leading sire of 2-year-olds in the U.S. and Australia (twice). Currently the leading sire in Australia by stakes wins for the 2010-11 season, More Than Ready has established himself as the outstanding option for Danehill and Danzig line mares. And remarkably, his best-bred crops have yet to run. More Than Ready has 84 stakes winners to his name, and among his stars are juvenile champions Sebring and Phelan Ready, the brilliant More Joyous (seen below winning the grade I David Jones Toorak Handicap), classic winners Benicio and Dreamaway, Perfectly Ready, Carry On Cutie, and More Strawberries.

More Than Ready is joined at Vinery by his son Benicio and paternal half brother Dubleo. A winner from 1300m to 2500m, Benicio (AUS) (TrueNicks) captured the Victoria Derby (gr. I). He is a half brother to the multiple group stakes-winning Romneya, and their dam, Mannington, is a group-winning and multiple group I-placed daughter of Danehill and champion Bint Marscay.

Dubleo (TrueNicks), a son of More Than Ready’s sire Southern Halo, was one of the outstanding turf 2-year-olds of his crop, and was a stakes winner again at 3. He won five black type events from 1100m to 1700m, including the Summer Stakes (gr. II) and Generous Stakes (gr. II). Dubleo’s dam, Secret Red, is by “broodmare sire of sires” Secretariat, and is a half sister to champion sprinter Rubiano, and to the dam of the current sire sensation Tapit. Dubleo himself is beginning to earn a reputation as a sire of winners, his representatives including the 2011 stakes scorers Dubleanny and Oriental Taste.

More Than Ready was champion freshman sire in Australia, and Congrats (TrueNicks,SRO) earned that honor in the U.S. last year. A beautifully-bred son of A.P. Indy and the Mr. Prospector mare Praise, Congrats was a graded stakes-winning miler who was quick enough to set fractions of :22.0; :44.2, and 1:08. Congrats’s first crop – now only spring 3-year-olds in the U.S. – has already produced an astonishing total of 15 stakes horses, four of them grade I performers, including Turbulent Descent, a grade I winner at 2 and 3, and the grade I-winning 2-year-old Wickedly Perfect. As a bonus, the construction of Congrats’s pedigree suggests that he might cross extremely well with Danehill line mares.

Another Vinery stallion to campaign in the U.S. is champion 3-year-old colt Big Brown (TrueNicks,SRO). A remarkably versatile performer, Big Brown’s only juvenile start saw him score by 11½ lengths on turf at Saratoga. At 3 he took the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) by 4¾ lengths only his fourth lifetime start, and also added the classic Preakness Stakes (gr. I), which he took by 5¼ lengths; the Florida Derby (gr. I); the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I); and on turf the $500,000 Monmouth Stakes, in which he defeated a field of tough older horses. By Danzig’s good sprinting son Boundary – also sire of Pomeroy, one the the leading second season sires of 2011 in the U.S. – Big Brown is out of a Nureyev mare who is inbred to the family of Rough Shod II, and traces to a branch of the same tap-root family in direct tail-female line. Big Brown first stood in Australia in 2010, so his first crop foals will arrive this year.

In addition to the U.S.-bred Big Brown, Vinery also has established Australian branches of Danzig well covered. Testa Rossa (AUS) (TrueNicks) descends from that line through Perugino, a three-parts-brother to Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King. Top-class at 2, 3, and 4, Testa Rossa captured 11 black type events, six of them group I, as well as taking the Magic Millions. Not surprisingly, in view of this background, Testa Rossa has become an outstanding sire of sprinter/milers, siring 32 stakes winners including the exciting filly Rostova; Tesafiable, successful in the West Australia Derby (gr. I); Ortensia; Sistine Angel; Vormista; Jiang; Publishing; Red Flair; and Blue Chagall.

Myboycharlie (IRE) (TrueNicks) is by Danehill’s extremely successful son Danetime, from a fast and precocious female line that also produced group I-winning sprinter Snowland. Myboycharlie was also an impressive juvenile winning his first three starts by a total of 12 lengths, those victories including the Anglesey Stakes (gr. III) and Prix Morny (gr. I), the latter triumph seeing him take honors as champion 2-year-old in France. Myboycharlie retired to stud in 2009, and has an exceptional first crop of foals.

Also from the Danehill line is Excites (AUS) (TrueNicks), who is by Danehill’s champion son Danewin. Remarkably, Excites broke his maiden in the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes (gr. I), and underlined his class at 3 with a runner-up effort in the Caulfield Guineas (gr. I). He is out of the six-time group I winner Staging, also dam of group I winner Duporth and multiple group stakes-winning, and group I-placed half brother Tickets.

Vinery was the Australian home of the very influential sire Red Ransom, so it is appropriate that it now stands Red Ransom’s only juvenile group I-winning son Onemorenomore (AUS) (TrueNicks). That distinction was earned with a victory in the AJC Champagne Stakes (gr. I), in which he accounted for Manhattan Rain and Tickets. Onemorenomore is out of the Last Tycoon mare Palia, a sister to stakes winner Just Awesome and to stakes-placed Lady Capel, the dam of group I-winner and promising young stallion Casino Prince. Onemorenomore retired to stud in 2010, and his first crop foals arrive this year.

The Vinery roster is completed by proven outcross sire Mossman (AUS) (TrueNicks). Winner of the QTC Castlemain Stakes (gr. I) at 2 and the MVRC AAMI Vase (gr. II) at 3, Mossman was also second or third in four other group I events, including the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes (gr. I) and ACJ Champagne Stakes. By the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) victor Success Express, Mossman comes from a female line that also produced the great mare Eight Carat. Mossman made a fine start from limited initial opportunities, and his best crops are just arriving at the track. He is already sire of 15 stakes winners, including group scorers Our Sweet Moss, Buffering, Segments, Pure Energy, Neeson, Love Conquers All, Stirling Grove, and Triple Elegance, and we can note that four of his stakes winners are out of Danzig line mares.

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