Australian Sires: Swettenham Stud Stallion Parade
By Kristen Manning
It was Swettenham Stud‘s turn to host a stallion parade last weekend, on Sunday the Nagambie property opening its doors to a large crowd happy to soak up the winter sunshine.
A family run stud with Adam Sangster at the helm, Swettenham boasts a long tradition of producing high class winners with Adam’s famous father Robert Sangster an outsnding contributer to the racing scene in both hemispheres.
Crowned the UK’s leading owner on eight occasions, Robert Sangster bred many a topliner including the breed shaping stallion Sadler’s Wells whose great grandson Mshawish is new to Swettenham this spring.
“It is great to stand a Sadler’s Wells line stallion here,” Adam Sangster said, noting that he did at one stage try to shuttle Mshawish’s grandsire El Prado to Victoria.
The highest prize money winning son of Medaglia d’Oro who stood in the Hunter Valley for $100,000 last spring, Mshawish is a dual Group One winner who campaigned with distinction in America, Dubai, England and France.
A horse happy to show off to the crowd, the strutting Mshawish is a muscular bay who impressed Swettenham’s General Manager from the second he stepped off the float – “he is a such a high quality animal and we are delighted to be standing him.”
Also new to Swettenham this spring is the local two times Group One winning sprinter Rebel Dane, a consistent and tough campaigner – “the sort of horse,” Gorman said, “we’d all love to own.”
“He is a lovely walker who floats over the ground,” Gorman said of the son of California Dane and the More Than Ready mare Texarcana.
Ready to serve his second book of mares, the handsome chestnut Trust In A Gust has really come on over the past twelve months with Gorman noting that “it is always a pleasure to see how horses improve and this horse is letting down into a magnificent stallion.”
Another dual Group One winner, this grandson of Sunday Silence hails from a strong black-type family with recent upgrade to his pedigree page being the two times Group One winner Thunder Snow whose third dam Mornington Devotion is Trust In A Gust’s grandam.
A former stablemate of Trust In A Gust is the popular grey Puissance de Lune who is in fine shape leading into his third season at stud.
“He is a real character,” Gorman said, “and a favourite on the farm. We are very happy with his progeny, he his throwing his quality onto his foals.”
A triple Group winning son of Shamardal, Puissance de Lune is being supported by his owner Gerry Ryan who also raced the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain – another Swettenham resident.
Catching the eye at stud as he always did at the track, Americain has made an encouraging start to his stud career in both hemispheres with breeders happy to take the punt on a stayer with a great turn of foot.
“He provides that dream of breeding your own Melbourne Cup winner,” Gorman said, adding that Americain returned from the US looking better than ever this year – “our jaws dropped when we saw him, he has really matured.”
Another horse to have come on well since he was last here is High Chaparral’s outstanding son Toronado who has proven so popular with Victorian breeders – serving 317 mares in his first two years here.
“You won’t find too many more handsome than this horse,” said Inglis’ Simon Vivian, “he is the talk of the country with his good looks.”
Swettenham Stud hosts two more stallion parades; August 27 (by appointment only) and September 3 (gates open at 10.30 for an 11.30 start). Contact: [email protected]
Kristen Manning is a freelance racing writer and pedigree analyst based in Melbourne. A keen owner/breeder who loves every aspect of thoroughbred horse racing, she has written two books focusing on the deeds of Fields Of Omagh and Prince Of Penzance.
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