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Kentucky Derby winners on show in Segenhoe Valley
20 Aug 2013 | By Brian Russell 
Lional Israel (Segenhoe) and Percy Miller (Kia Ora), two of the celebrated Australian stud owners of last century on adjoining properties in the Hunter and Pages rivers nurtured fertile Segenhoe Valley near Scone, would have been awed at the opportunity to have been able breed using a horse good enough to win either an English or Kentucky Derby.

When they were ruling breeders, it was rare that they were able import even a winner of a lesser Group1 as there was no such thing as dual hemisphere use.To get here, the stallions had to come by boat, weeks of traveling, as against flying out in a couple of days as they do now.

Since the emergence of the dual hemisphere system, Australian studmasters have been able shuttle out for southern season use world class performers of Europe and America.The public will be able to view the 2013 collection of these visitors in the Hunter Valley when the studs conduct open days – reservations required – in the August 22-26. Four of these great studs showing off northern hemisphere stars are Coolmore, Darley,Vinery and Arrowfield.

The latter three are only a few minutes apart, Vinery located on the former Segenhoe, Arrowfield around the corner at the northern end of the valley and the Hunter River bordered Darley on a ridge in the south. Between them they host this year three of the most brilliant Kentucky Derby winners of recent years, Animal Kingdom (Arrowfield), Big Brown (Vinery) and Street Sense (Darley).

Purchased by the John Messara headed Arrowfield, the group that introduced Danehill to Australia and also imported Chilean superstar sire Hussonet, Animal Kingdom challenges as the glamour newcomer from overseas in Australia this year. He earned over US$8.3million from 11 outings, including his victory in the 2011 Kentucky Derby and this year an eased down two lengths win in the world’s richest race, the Dubai World Cup over 2000m.
Available on a fee of $38,500, Animal Kingdom is by Leroidesanimaux, a Brazilian bred Champion Turf Colt in the USA, and from Dalicia, a German bred mare who ran well at a high level at home and in France and America.

Big Brown (fee $22,000), the Vinery Kentucky Derby winner was also a champion in America at three, the only year he raced. A son of the Danzig sire Boundary and, like Zabeel, from a daughter of Nureyev, he won eight of nine starts including the $3million Derby (by 4.8 lengths), and three one million dollar races, the Preakness Stakes (5.3 lengths), Florida Derby (5.0 lengths) and Haskell Invitational. On debut he scorched to a 12.8 lengths win.
Big Brown’s oldest Australian progeny, about a hundred of them, have just turned two, but he has already shown he can get good performers from use in Kentucky. His fist crop American 3-year-olds racing this year include stakes winners Darwin (big wraps in Ireland), Brown Almighty, Bella Castani and Shades of Sugar and stakes placed Apollo Sonic (Group1 third in Japan) and Sassy Brunette.

Darley shuttler Street Sense has the distinction of being the only horse ever to complete the American Breeders’ Cup – Kentucky Derby double. Their Champion at two and near the top at three, he ran 13 thirteen times for six wins and $4.3million, including a ten lengths romp in the big juvenile event and 2.3 lengths Derby success. He was a head second to Curlin in the Preakness.

Street Sense (fee $16,500) visits Darley with his sire Street Cry (fee $110,000, by Mr. Prospector sire Machiavellian), a grand galloper who like Animal Kingdom, won the Dubai World Cup. In the American Blood-Horse Stallion Register leading up to the 2013 breeding season he is described as being as potent a source of racing excellence you will find. Two of his Australian progeny have been champions Whobegotyou and Shocking.

Street Sense also has Australian progeny, the oldest of which are four and include Urqidez (Sydney 2yo winner, Group 2 second), Sense of Hite (Listed second Adelaide), Sky Princess (won Perth), Clever Boy (won Sydney), Mottled (Melbourne), Stay Schtum (won Sydney), The Originator (Melbourne), Vision Splendid (Sydney) and Champagne Cath (Sydney). In addition he has had ten stakes winners in America including Aubby K (Group1 and 2) and Unlimited Budget (dual Group 2 winner, third Kentucky Oaks).

Street Sense and Street Cry are among 14 sires Darley is to show off this year. Vinery has 13, including Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard and Big Brown; Arrowfield has a line up of ten, including Animal Kingdom, Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel; and Coolmore 13, including English Derby winner High Chaparral and his world class son So You Think and Australian Champion sires Encosta de Lago and Fastnet Rock.

Other Hunter Valley studs holding showings are Widden, Patinack, Yarraman Park,Turangga Farm and Newgate Farm. Most need reservations. It should be a mouthwatering experience for thoroughbred lovers.

STUD STALLION PARADES

ARROWFIELD, Scone, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday August 22, 23, 24, 25. BOOKINGS email arrowfield@arrowfield.com.au, phone (02) 9909 5555. COOLMORE, Jerrys Plains, Sunday August 25 two Stallion Parades, Sunday August 25, 10.00am and 2.00pm. BOOKINGS Monday August 5 – indicate preferred parade times, email mcleschallas@coolmore.com.au, phone (02) 6576 4200. SWETTENHAM, Nagambie, Sunday August 25 10.45am. Email office@swettenham.com,au, phone (03) 5794 2044. WIDDEN, Widden Valley, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday August 22, 23, 24, 25, 26. Email info@widden.com, phone (02) 6549 9999. VINERY, Scone, Saturday and Sunday August 24, 25. Email gayle@vinery.com.au, phone (02) 6543 8333. PATINACK FARM, Sandy Hollow, Farm Open Week Friday August 23 to Saturday August 31 parades 2 pm daily. Email rsvp@patinackfarn.com, phone (02) 6547 4000. ROSEMONT STUD, Gnarwarre VIC inaugural Open Day and Stallion Parade Sunday September 1. office@rosemontstud.com.au, phone (03) 5220 6500. CHATSWOOD STUD, Seymour VIC, Sunday August 18, 2 pm, stallions@chatswoodstud.com.au, phone 0419 990 560, (03) 5799 0560, YARRAMAN PARK, Scone NSW, Saturday August 24, 9.30 am, studoffice@yarramanpark.com.au, phone (02) 6545 1961, TURANGGA STUD, Scone, NSW, Friday August 23 – Sunday August 25, turanggafarmscone@bigpond.com, phone (02) 6545 3862; NEWGATE FARM, Scone, NSW, Friday, Saturday, Sunday August 23, 24, 25 3.0 pm – no appointment needed, henry@newgate.com.au, phone (02) 6545 3958.
 
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