After a couple of years of no interest whatsoever the Heffernan’s decided to stand Honorius privately to serve exclusively their own broodmares. He remains at one of Australia’s premier studs, Larneuk in Victoria.
With a Horse of the Year, two Champion Sires’ titles and over $HK175 million in progeny earnings, Holy Roman Emperor has been the most successful sire in Hong Kong for the past decade.
Boasting close to 70% winners to runners and 155 stakes horses world-wide, Hong Kong racing fans are well familiar with the deeds of Designs on Rome (4-time Group One winner and Horse of the Year), Champion Miler, Beauty Only and Hong Kong Sprint winner, Rich Tapestry, along with brilliant sprinters Charles The Great and Lucky Year. But that’s not all … the son of Danehill has also sired a New Zealand Horse of the Year in Mongolian Khan, plus Group One winners in Australia (Sheidel), England (Homecoming Queen), North America (Quaternion Eagle), France (Morandi), Ireland (Romanised), Germany (Well Timed) and South America (Maraton and Salto Olimpco).
However, having stood at stud in Australia for the past eight years, the decision was made not to ‘shuttle’ Holy Roman Emperor for this covering season and he will remain in Ireland.
The only commercial sire son of Holy Roman Emperor in Australia, Honorius has the pedigree … the physique … AND the performance to become the heir apparent.
Firstly, there is little question that Honorius was one of the most versatile of Holy Roman Emperor’s runners.
More renowned for his ‘maturing’ types, Honorius was something unique for a Holy Roman Emperor in that he won two metropolitan races in succession as a two year old, was seven times stakes placed as a three year old – including a third to leading sire, Dundeel, in the Group One Spring Champion Stakes and a third in the Group One Queensland Derby – while, at four, he captured the time honoured, Group Three Craven Plate over 2000m. The Craven Plate was previously won three times in a row by racing immortal Phar Lap!
Furthermore, Honorius has the pedigree to match his racetrack deeds: he is a half brother to four other winners including South African Horse of the Year, Igugu, and South African stakes winner, Ngaga, while his half sister Sweet Fire was Group placed in Sydney and yet another half-sister is the dam of last year’s Group Two winner, Tarka – only one of two horses to defeat superstar colt, The Autumn Sun.
Other close relations include multiple Hong Kong Group One winner, Helene Paragon, and Group Two winner and sire, Zerpour.
Perhaps the greatest attribute for Honorius though is his athleticism. He is a magnificent looking bay stallion who has produced some outstanding foals, the first of which will be appearing at Australian yearling sales in 2020.