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Australian First-Crop Sires Recap

Monday, September 23, 2013 10:30 AM

One can't look at the leading Australian and New Zealand freshman sire lists for 2012-13 without an intense sense of loss over Northern Meteor, who died as a result of a colic attack on the very eve of the day that would see him crowned champion freshman sire. Nicknamed "racing's Usain Bolt" for his brilliant sprinting performances, the son of Encosta de Lago... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Sep 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Star Witness Tops Australasian First Crop Weanling Sires

Sunday, July 07, 2013 1:45 PM

A focus on the top five freshman weanling sires in Australia by average shows a diverse group with a pair of European classic horses, two home-grown stars, and a shuttler from the U.S. Photo: Widden Stud Star Witness (Starcraft—Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) The list was topped by Star Witness (AUS) ( TrueNicks ), who was co-highweighted 2-year-old colt in Australia... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jul 07, 2013 | 0 Comments

Triassic Foals Medaglia d'Oro Colt

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 4:00 PM

Back in August, we posted an interview with Cecile Smith , co-breeder of champion So You Think (NZ) ( TrueNicks ). Cecile emailed me to report that So You Think's now 22-year-old dam, Triassic, foaled a healthy Medaglia d'Oro ( TrueNicks , SRO ) colt in October. Triassic with her 2012 Medaglia d'Oro colt. Cecile said: "He is a big, strong colt and Triassic had... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Nov 13, 2012 | 5 Comments

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An Interview with So You Think's Breeder

Thursday, August 09, 2012 10:00 AM

Triassic, the dam So You Think, in April 2012 I recently had the opportunity to interview Cecile Smith, owner of Piper Farm and co-breeder of Australian champion and 10-time group I winner So You Think (NZ) ( TrueNicks ). Cecile owns So You Think's dam, the 22-year-old Tights mare Triassic, who is currently in foal to Medaglia d'Oro ( TrueNicks , SRO ) and is... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Aug 09, 2012 | 17 Comments

TrueNicks Adds Over 140 Stallions in Australia and New Zealand

Sunday, August 07, 2011 10:00 PM

Over 140 stallions standing in Australia and New Zealand have joined TrueNicks in advance of the 2011 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Thoroughbred breeders who are currently busy working on their 2011 mating plans can now run complimentary TrueNicks Enhanced Reports with these stallions. ( Click here for the full list ) TrueNicks Enhanced Reports include... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Aug 07, 2011 | 4 Comments

Big Week for Best In Show Family Stallions

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 9:45 AM

Royal Ascot occupied most of our attention last week, but we wanted to note a few interesting pedigrees from last week before they get too distant in time. In Australia, the Stradbroke Handicap (gr. I, video below) saw Sincero (TrueNicks A++ ) become one of the few 3-year-olds in that country this season to defeat his elders in a major race this year. Sincero... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 22, 2011 | 1 Comment