The Next Big Thing

 

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VA PENSIERO

When you look at Jindera Park’s 2016 stallion roster it is hard to believe the stud has been in operation a little over two years. Their five strong roster for this season covers everything from colonial sprinters and Classic stamina, right through to the best staying bloodlines on offer in the Southern hemisphere.

Proven Group One producer FAST ‘N’ FAMOUS is the stud’s foundation stallion, and if you were to go out three years ago with a modest budget looking to purchase yourself a proven sire that would appeal to the local market, you probably wouldn’t have been able to find much better than this stalwart.

At stud the now 13yo Fast ‘N’ Famous has proven to be one of the best sons of REDOUTE’S CHOICE; to-date he is the sire of three individual Group One winners, 64% winners to runners, and over 9% Stakes performers to runners from just 148 starters.

Joining Fast ‘N’ Famous at Jindera Park in its first year of operating was DANSILI’s world class stayer ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE. A brilliant winner of the famed Group 2 Goodwood Cup, he continues to attract a niche group of breeders seeking out staying bloodlines and once his first 3YO crop start hitting the track this spring their patience should be justly rewarded.

Earlier this year Jindera Park announced the addition of Group One BTC Cup and Golden Rose winner DUPORTH to their roster. A horse with great early speed that trained on with even better success, his race record is comparable to Fast ‘N’ Famous in many ways. However in Duporth Jindera Park was able to provide breeders with a proven sire that is free of Danehill blood, and better yet – a sire that has proven to nick extremely well with Danehill-line mares. With his first crop 4YOs Duporth has a record of over 65% winners to runners and 5.8% Stakes performers to runners.

Classic stamina coupled with Group One class looked like one of the few elements the Jindera roster lacked in so with this in mind MONTJEU’s brilliant AJC Derby winner and proven Stakes sire NOM DU JEU made the move from New Zealand. With his oldest crop just 4YOs Nom Du Jeu is shaping up to be a Classic sire in the making but he has also proved quite proficient at siring high class sprinters – his Wanganui Guineas (Listed, 1350m) winner Alcaldesa this season an example of this.

With the addition of Nom Du Jeu Jindera Park could now boast a stallion roster that offered a blend of some of the world’s greatest international and colonial bloodlines, from proven speed sires, to Classic sires in the making, and covering everything in between.

In such a competitive stallion market however stud masters are always hoping to find the next big thing, a headline act. A first season sire with enough speed and precocity to set a new class record over 1000m at Warwick Farm as a 2YO on just his second start might just do that. VA PENSIERO really burst onto the scene as a 3YO however. It’s hard to think of a good horse that he didn’t beat that season when taking out the “sire-making” San Domenico Stakes and The Run to the Rose in brilliant fashion, just two weeks apart.

DISSIDENT, CRITERION, ZOUSTAR, EUROZONE, CLUSTER, SIDESTEP, KUROSHIO….the list goes on…he beat them all in those two starts. As a 4YO he was second to MIRACLES OF LIFE in the Group Two Challenge Stakes, beating RUBICK, MOSSFUN, RAIN AFFAIR, VILLA VERDE…etc. If that list of beaten horses was not impressive enough, Va Pensiero is also the highest rated son of Golden Slipper winner and Champion 2YO sire STRATUM to stand at stud. To top it all off, he is inbred to DANZIG and BLETCHINGLY – two of the greatest speed influences ever seen in this country.

Yes, I think in Va Pensiero Jindera Park has found its next big thing and he is an exciting addition to this quality roster.

 

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