While Blue Sky Bloodstock has been experiencing a great run of success on the track with its yearling purchases, it is also great to see that some of the yearlings purchased a few years back have now embarked on the next phase of their life as stallions who are now also kicking goals.
In the news for achieving his first Group 1 winner as a sire with his daughter Lasqueti Spirit claiming the time-honoured Group 1 Victoria Oaks (2500m), the ill-fated BENETEAU (below) was purchased as a yearling by Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2009 Inglis Easter yearling sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.
With only six start to his credit on the track before injury saw him retire to the lush paddocks of Arrowfield Stud to commence his stallion career, the son of Redoute’s Choice was successful on debut before taking out the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude at his second start before a third in the Group 1 Blue Diamond to Star Witness at his next.
With 136 live foals left from two crops before his untimely death in January 2013, Beneteau has recorded 20 stakes performers from 85 runners highlighted by not only his Group 1-winning filly, but the Group 3-winning brother-sister duo PROMPT RETURN and PROMPT RESPONSE who race in the Blue Sky Bloodstock silks.
Another stallion to create headlines in recent weeks is the Hallmark Stud-based SUPER EASY, a grandson of Danehill. As a half-brother to Group 1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees as well as the Group 2-winning, Group 1 placed Ball Of Muscle, Super Easy has the bloodlines for a successful stud career.
Blue Sky Bloodstock purchased Super Easy as a yearling at the 2010 New Zealand Bloodstock Premiersale for $140,000 from the draft of Esker Lodge.
After initially starting his race career in New Zealand, he travelled to Singapore where the son of Darci Brahma was a revelation, winning his first 12 straight for trainer Michael Freedman, where he crowned the Champion 3YO, Champion Sprinter and awarded back to back Horse of the Year titles.
Back to New Zealand to commence his stud career, Super Easy’s first runner Promo Queen was impressive on her debut, winning by two lengths.
At her second run, she showed her rivals a clean pair of heels in the Listed Welcome Stakes, to maintain her unbeaten record and give her sire a great start to his career, currently the Leading first season sire.
While not every yearling is purchased with the aim of a stallion career, this is one of the many factors taken into account when Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland purchase a colt at the sales. To find out further information on the process involved , please contact Julian Blaxland on +61 (0) 431 746 803.