Want to Breed a Melbourne Cup Winner, Consider Honorius
Not many real stayers make it to stud in Australia despite the fact that some of the biggest races in Australia are over a reasonable distance.
Honorius 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? Meanwhile, Honorius is by the Danehill stallion, Holy Roman Emperor, a Champion 2YO Colt, but a stallion who can count among his 75 stakes winners the likes of Hong Kong Horse of the Year and Champion Middle Distance Horse, Designs on Rome and New Zealand Horse of the Year and Champion Stayer, Mongolian Khan. What’s more, he’s also sired 2017 Group One winning sprinter, Sheidel and another Group One winning flyer in Rich Tapestry.
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?
Honorius stands this season at a fee of $5,500 inc. GST.
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