Australian Stallions: Honorius has the Staying Power
While the Australian breeding industry is focused on speedy 2yo’s that is not the end of Australia’s racing industry. Staying races are some of the biggest races in the country and the prize-money on offer is phenomenal.
If you are looking to breed a quality stayer Honorius is worth considering. He ran third in the Group One Spring Champion (2000m) behind Dundeel, third in the Group One Queensland Derby (2400m) and second – again behind Dundeel – in the Group Three Gloaming Stakes (1800m). All up, he ran seven – yes, seven – stakes placings as a 3YO.
He then came out and won the Group Three Craven Plate (2000m) at four, along with a second in the Group Three Kingston Town (2000m) before running fourth – in successive years – in the Group Three David Jones (2000m).
Trained by Darren Weir, Honorius raced on until he was a 7YO. But the thing is, he also won twice in town at two! How’s that for staying power?
His sire Coolmore’s Holy Roman Emperor has produced some outstanding stayers.
He is Timeform’s highest rated 2yo ever by Danehill.
Out of a Secretariat mare, like Storm Cat, A.P. Indy, Gone West etc.
Classic Sire & Twice Champion Sire of 2yo’s in Europe
Sire of 3 NEW G1 Winners in 2018!
Top performers include Romanised (Irish 2,000 Guineas-Gr.1), Homecoming Queen (1,000 Guineas-Gr.1), Morandi (Criterium de Saint-Cloud-Gr.1), Well Timed (German Oaks-Gr.1, Diana-Trial-Gr.2), Designs On Rome (Hong Kong Classic Cup-Gr.1, Hong Kong Gold Cup-Gr.1 (x2)), Beauty Only (The Hong Kong Classic Mile-Gr.1, Chairman’s Trophy-Gr.2 (x2), Jockey Club Mile-Gr.2), Rich Tapestry (Santa Anita Sprint Championship-Gr.1, Al Shindagha Sprint-Gr.3), Sheidel (Oakleigh Plate-Gr.1, Sensis Stakes-Gr.3, Cape Grim Beef Stakes-Gr.3), Glorious Empire (Sword Dancer Stakes-Gr.1, Bowling Green Stakes-Gr.2), Mongolian Khan (NZ Derby-Gr.1, Australian Derby-Gr.1, Caulfield Cup-Gr.1), Banimpire (5 Group wins inc. Ribblesdale S.-Gr.2), Mango Diva (Kilboy Estate S.-Gr.2), Rich Legacy (May Hill S.-Gr.2), Parvaneh (Badener Stutenpreis-Gr.2) etc.
As for the other side of the pedigree, Honorius is a half brother to South African Horse of the Year and Champion Middle Distance Horse, Igugu and Ngaga, a stakes winner over 2000m in 2018. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Honorius’s first foals this spring and have our fingers crossed they look just like dad. But you know what … you probably will end up with a stayer. Then again, who was the last owner of a Caulfield Cup winner who complained about being patient?
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