Two winners of the most respected sprint for two-year-olds in England, the Group1 Middle Stakes run over the equivalent of 1200m at Newmarket, now standing at prominent Queensland studs had their appeal boosted by good winners in June.
Both by sons of Danehill's awesome sire Danzig, they are Hayil, a resident at one of Australia's greatest ever sources of winners, the Kruger family's Lyndhurst Stud at Warwick, and Minardi, a newcomer to the budding top breeding operation at Beaudesert, the Palmaday Stud.
Europe's champion two-year-old of 2000, a year he won Group1 events in England and Ireland, and an Irish Two Thousand Guineas third and English Guineas fourth at three, Minardi was initially a shuttle sire from America to New Zealand, but he has purchased this year for Palmaday. This is a young stud being managed by very experienced horseman Jim Buchanan for the owners,Tony Rae and Jenny Alexander, and one at which Minardi is available on a fee of $8,800.
A half-brother by the good Danzig sire Boundary to Tale of the Cat (a Coolmore sire) and to the dam of Johannesburg (another Coolmore sire) and from a Mr. Prospector mare, Minardi has his oldest New Zealand bred progeny two-year-olds in the year now coming to close.
So far only 10 of these youngsters have raced but they have done enough to suggest he can get very good winners, seven of them, including four winners, earning prize money. Among them are Bear Macho, one of the leading two-year-olds in Hong Kong with two wins from three outings to his credit, and Heather Belle, a winner on debut at Awapuni in New Zealand at the end of May.
The most recent runner to suggest that Middle Park Stakes winner Hayil has the makings of another good sire for the Lyndhurst Stud is the two-year-old The Chanster, a smart winner over 1000m at last week's Wednesday meeting at Eagle Farm. It was his third win from five outings, one of the others fittingly being in the Hidden Dragon at Lyndhurst Stud 2YO Handicap at Doomben. Hidden Dragon is the good class Hong Kong performer by Danehill making his debut as a sire at Lyndhurst in the coming season.
Hayil, like Minardi from a mare tracking in sire line to Native Dancer, had his oldest three-year-olds in the 2005-06 racing year and to date has 37 money earners including 25 winners to his credit.
A sire built a lot like the spectacular Lyndhurst sire of the1960s, Smokey Eyes, Hayil showed a sparkling turn of foot at two in England in1997, a year he was in the first three five times in six outings including two wins, the second one in the Middle Park Stakes, at Newmarket.
He is by Danzig's most highly rated sprinting son, Dayjur, and from Futuh, a very fast filly who set a new track record for a juvenile at Redcar, England.
Tremendous value for breeders at his 2006 fee of $3,300, Hayil looks a good prospect join the line up of remarkable sires used by the Krugers at Lyndhurst. Five of these have been champion Queensland sires by earnings and national leaders numerically. Their contribution and that of other sires used at this stud adds up to an estimated 3,000 winners of 13,000 races.