MURTAJILL, one of the highest-rated sons ever by World Champion racehorse and successful sire ROCK OF GIBRALTAR is off to a very encouraging start at stud.
With his oldest runners 4YOs in 2014/’15, Murtajill finished the 2013/’14 season as #3 Leading Second Crop Sire in Australia (by number of winners) behind NORTHERN METEOR and SEBRING.
Murtajill has sired 55 3YO winners from 116 3YO runners (47.4%) and at the same stage in his career Rock of Gibraltar had sired 194 3YO winners from 416 3YO runners (46.6%).
These figures are extremely encouraging for supporters of Murtajill, particularly when one takes into account the number advantage his sire had over him as a result of progeny running in both hemispheres. In addition to this, Rock of Gibraltar’s first books were conceived off a much higher stud fee – he retired to stud in Australia at a fee of $132,000 versus the $22,000 that Murtajill commanded in his first year at stud.
The now 16YO Rock of Gibraltar has proven to be an extremely successful sire in both hemispheres and is a consistent source of winners and Stakes performers with over 6% Stakes winners to runners, including 11 individual Group 1 winners.
Rock of Gibraltar’s most successful offspring is the three-time Group 1 winning filly ALBORAN SEA who was conceived in his final Australian crop (of just 40 live foals) and was conceived off his lowest recorded Australian stud fee.
Murtajill has sired Stakes performers from each of his three crops to race including the multiple Group-placed 2YO Murtle Turtle from his first 2YO crop, the Stakes winner SUNSHINE MIGHTY from his first 3YO crop and the Group 3-placed 2YO Girlsarebackintown from his current 2YO crop.
While Murtajill has relocated from his former base at Patinack Farm in the Hunter Valley, to the emerging boutique stud Jindera Park on the NSW/VIC border, it looks like the future is bright for this exciting son of Rock of Gibraltar. With 80 2YOs and 69 3YOs to race for him in 2015/’16, Murtajill’s 2015 stud fee of $5,000 is looking extremely good value indeed for the astute breeder.