(Northern Meteor-Irish Darling, by Ivory's Irish)
Stands 2016 at Sun Stud, VIC, for $13,750
There’s a very good reason why Fighting Sun attracted 298 mares in his first two seasons at stud. Three good reasons actually.
Firstly, Fighting Sun was lightning fast. Although he only raced twice, Fighting Sun never looked like he was going to get beaten, prompting leading jockey Tommy Berry to exclaim: “You don’t ride one this good every day!”.
Indeed, such was the dominance of his victory in the Canonbury Stakes - a race, coincidentally, that has been won in recent times by Vancouver, Hinchinbrook, Sebring and Not a Single Doubt - Fighting Sun was immediately installed as favourite for the Golden Slipper.
Sadly, injury forced him off the track but the phone soon started ringing hot with booking enquiries. And why not … Fighting Sun is a son of the much missed Encosta de Lago stallion, Northern Meteor (Zoustar, Deep Field, Shooting To Win, Speak Fondly, et al) while he is out of the Group One winning mare, Irish Darling.
Third reason? His types … with his oldest progeny about to become yearlings, he captured the attention at weanling sales in 2016 with his foals selling up to $65,000 on the Gold Coast (averaging $49,000), while the Great Southern also saw a colt go home with David Jolly for $57,500.
Fighting Sun will cover another large book of mares this spring and his first yearlings are poised to make their presence felt at major sales in 2017.
“Fighting Sun is a precocious undefeated juvenile stakes winner. He is by Champion Freshman Sire Northern Meteor – the premier son of Encosta de Lago – out of a classic winning mare, and inbred to the family of Sadler’s Wells, Fairy King and Nureyev. Fighting Sun is completely free of Danzig and Danehill, and Northern Meteor has the brilliant Zoustar out of a mare by Danehill son, Redoute’s Choice.” - Alan Porter
*All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees
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In the opening race at Moonee Valley on Friday night, Sun Stud's undefeated young stallion Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor-Irish Darling, by Ivory's Irish) sired his first stakes-winner when well fancied 2YO colt Chess Star (Fighting Sun-Social Glow, by Aghaadir) scored by 1.3-lengths for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $120,000 Listed Valley Pearl (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating the colt Wild Planet & the filly Thrillster. Kicking for home around the tight Valley circuit after leading soon after the jump, Chess Star won well from the chasing pack which included luckless outsider Thunderdome. Placed in his only two previous starts Chess Star took his record to a win and 2 placings from 3 starts for $91,650 earnings. A $120,000 yearling consigned by Sun Stud at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Chess Star's sire Fighting Sun was trained by Gai Waterhouse for two wins from two starts including the Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) where he made a mess of his rivals. His ill-fated sire Northern Meteor has a number of exciting young sons at stud.
Sun Stud's exciting young stallion Fighting Sun sired his first winner in Australia when the Brad Widdup-trained colt Sunfighter made a winning debut in the Pierro@Coolmore 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Wyong on Sunday. Fighting Sun sired his first winner when 2YO filly Platinum Mam’selle saluted at Trentham in New Zealand earlier this month. Trained by Gai Waterhouse, Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor-Irish Darling, by Ivory's Irish) was undefeated as a juvenile and was one of the early favourites for the Golden Slipper before succumbing to a suspensory injury when easily winning the Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill. By the ill-fated Northern Meteor out of Gr1 SAJC Australasian Oaks winner Irish Darling, Fighting Sun stands at Sun Stud's Victorian property for a fee of $13,750 (inc. GST).
Footage from last week's Canterbury and Cranbourne breeze ups ahead of the 2017 Inglis Ready2Race Sale are available for viewing online. The remaining 2YOs that are yet to breeze will do so at the alternate breeze up session at Cranbourne on Monday, 2 October. Colts by More Than Ready, the sire of 176 stakes winners worldwide, proved the fastest of the quality drafts prepared by proven Ready2Race Sale vendors Muskoka Farm and Chevaux Bloodstock last week. In all, there are 82 different sires represented in the 2017 catalogue, including first season sires Albrecht, Camelot, Dawn Approach, Declaration Of War, Epaulette, Eurozone, Fighting Sun, Kuroshio, Shamus Award, Sizzling, The Factor, Unencumbered, War and Zoustar. Last year's sale is already proving to be successful for buyers from Australia and Asia. Augustano recorded back-to-back wins in Singapore on Sunday evening for trainer Cliff Brown, while Debellatio has already won at Gr3 level for Perth trainer Fred Kersley. The 2017 Inglis Ready2Race sale will take place at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne on Wednesday, 4 October with inspections from Monday, 2 October. Click here to view breeze up footage.
The Sun Stud Victorian stallion parade, industry expo and open day will be held on Friday, 18th August from 12pm to 4pm at 56 Mt Eliza Rd, Kerrie. The stallion parade is scheduled to commence at 1pm. Sun Stud's premier line-up of Victorian stallions will feature exciting dual Group One winning freshman sire Palentino, proven Group One producing sire Magnus, unbeaten 2YO Fighting Sun, Melbourne Cup hero Fiorente, Black Caviar's full brother Moshe, speed sensation Squamosa, and the stakes winning sprinter Ready For Victory. Bryan Martin will be the master of ceremonies for the must attend event, which will include fantastic food, local wines, live acoustic entertainment and thoroughbred industry exhibition stalls. RSVP via email at email@example.com.
With 10 days remaining before entries close on Friday, 4 August, vendors are again lining up to be involved in the 2017 Inglis Ready2Race Sale, which this year will take place at Oaklands Junction, Melbourne on Wednesday, 4 October. Last year's Inglis Ready2Race Sale averaged $62,371, or 27% higher than its nearest competitor. The on-track results from last year's graduates have been impressive to date, with the likes of Smart Missile colt Debellatio, winner of the Gr3 WA Sires Produce Stakes at Ascot, and Go Daddy Go, who looks a highly progressive type after his win in the $125,000 Clarendon Stakes at the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting earlier this year. In four short years, the Inglis Ready2Race Sale has now produced 18 individual stakes performers. Of the early entries, leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Fastnet Rock, High Chaparral, Sebring, Written Tycoon, More Than Ready, Medaglia d'Oro, Artie Schiller, All Too Hard, Foxwedge, Animal Kingdom, Pierro, Reward For Effort, Smart Missile, So You Think, Your Song, Star Witness and Choisir are represented. First Season Sires that are represented include Zoustar, Epaulette, Sizzling, Shamus Award, Fighting Sun, Kuroshio, Camelot, Declaration Of War, Eurozone, The Factor, Unencumbered and War.
There are only two days to go until the Turangga Farm Unreserved Dispersal of In-Foal Mares sale at White Park, Scone. Commencing at midday this Sunday, 23 July, the sale will see 92 Lots offered comprising 52 mares, 28 weanlings, 3 yearlings, 7 race fillies, and 2 teaser ponies. The weanling draft includes lots by proven sires Sebring, Hinchinbrook, Testa Rossa, Manhattan Rain and Lonhro, as well as young sires such as All Too Hard, Your Song, Hallowed Crown, Rubick, and Toronado. Among the weanlings are siblings to top class performers such as Fighting Sun, My Emotion, Midnight Minx, and I Have No Fear. The mare dispersal contains ten stakes performers including Tenant's Tiara, Torah, Niagara Falls and Brilliant Bisc, whose first yearling fetched $1m at the Easter Yearling Sale earlier this year; siblings to Written Tycoon, Rocha, Rena's Lady and Crowned Glory; and the dams of Headway, Kanga's Eye, Believe Yourself, and Violate. The broodmares have been served by some of Australia's leading sires including Sebring, Pierro, Foxwedge, Reset, Artie Schiller, Testa Rossa and More Than Ready, as well as up-and-coming young stallions including All Too Hard, Zoustar, Pierro, Nicconi, Dundeel, Real Impact, Exosphere, Hallowed Crown, and Vancouver. All Lots will be available for inspection at White Park from 1pm today (Friday) and 8.30am Friday and Saturday mornings. Click here to view the catalogue.
A Stakes-placed 3YO, a full sister to a recent Group 1 winner and a mare from the same family as Winx headline a strong catalogue for Inglis Digital's June online auction. More than 100 horses have been catalogued for the sale, which is now open for bidding. Highlights of the catalogue include:
Bidding for the June sale opened at 3pm today and continues until the 'final countdown' at 5pm next Wednesday, June 28. Click here to view the catalogue.
Sun Stud has announced the 2017 service fees for its Victorian and Queensland rosters, including the introductory fee for multiple Gr1 winner Palentino. Featuring 12 stallions - seven in Victoria and five in Queensland - Palentino joins the line-up at a fee of $17,600, while in other exciting news, proven speed source, Statue of Liberty, sire of Saturday's Listed Thoroughbred Club 50th Stakes winner Star Exhibit, will relocate to Queensland where he will stand at $7,700. "Sun Stud is gearing up for another busy season," Sun Stud's Sales & Nominations Manager, Phil Marshall points out. "Naturally, there's plenty of interest already in Palentino which is hardly surprising - he won two Group Ones and a Group Two over the mile at Flemington and defeated some of Australia's best performers including horses like Black Heart Bart." He added: "The re-location of Statue of Liberty is also an interesting development and sure to be welcomed by Queensland breeders. His brilliant sprinter, Hay List, was a Group winner in Brisbane and finished second to Black Caviar in the BTC Cup. Statue of Liberty will stand at $7,700, alongside Black Caviar's sire, Bel Esprit, who is leading sire in Queensland by earnings and winners and is exceptional value at $12,100 in 2017." Sun Stud's Managing Director, Danielle Cheng commented: "We're very happy with our line-up for 2017. I believe our stallions are very competitively priced in what is an extremely buoyant market and the roster really does offer something for all breeders." Sun Stud's roster is:
Fresh from a successful fortnight of action around the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, focus now switches to Melbourne for Sunday's fifth annual Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale. The 2017 VOBIS Gold Sale has 243 horses catalogued and will commence at 10am at Inglis's Oaklands complex in Melbourne this Sunday, April 23. Horses are available for inspection from Thursday, April 20. There have been many success stories to come out of the VOBIS Gold Sale since its inception, most notably Group 1 stars Malaguerra and Polanski.Polanski is one of 12 First Season Sires with progeny on offer on Sunday joining Dawn Approach, Declaration of War, Eurozone, Fighting Sun, Fiorente, Kuroshio, Mawingo, Sizzling, Unencumbered, War and Zoustar. Every yearling offered in the sale is Super VOBIS qualified, making them eligible for millions of dollars of bonuses through the VOBIS incentive scheme during their 2YO and 3YO racing seasons. Furthermore, all the yearlings at the sale are also eligible to be nominated for the VOBIS Gold bonuses. "Quality horses continue to come out of the VOBIS Gold Sale and with all the added bonuses available to every yearling entered, it's become a sale that buyers have included into the 'must attend' category,'' said Inglis' Victorian Bloodstock Manager, Simon Vivian. Click here to view the catalogue.
At the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which gets underway on Sunday, relations to the likes of The Quarterback, Not Listenin’tome, Tiamo Grace, Palentino and Defcon headline a memorable catalogue. A total of 771 yearlings have been catalogued for sale between February 26 and March 1, 2017, and among them are 54 relations to Group winners – including nine Group 1 victors – and 52 progeny of Group winners, 13 of which are from Group 1-winning mares. In total, 109 stallions are represented in the Premier catalogue headed by Written Tycoon (30), Fiorente and Pierro (29), Shamus Award and Helmet (23), Reward For Effort (22), High Chaparral (21) and Sebring and I Am Invincible (20). There are 19 First Season Sires – behind Fiorente and Shamus Award are Fighting Sun (19), Zoustar (17), Epaulette (15) and Unencumbered (13). Supreme Thoroughbreds is the leading vendor with a draft of 43, ahead of Swettenham (38), Woodside Park (33), Rosemont (32) and Blue Gum (31). Of the 771 horses catalogued, 507 are Super VOBIS nominated 439 are BOBS eligible. Click on the below image for a feature preview of the sale.
The highlights of the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale catalogue, now available online, reads as a global who's who of the turf. There are 129 siblings to Stakes winners including 39 Gr1 winners such as Flying Artie, Extreme Choice, Divine Prophet, Yankee Rose, Shooting To Win, Able Friend, Werther, Preferment, Abbey Marie, English, Shamus Award, Dundeel and Star Witness. There are three colts by Frankel (ex Gr3 winner Precious Lorraine, Listed winner Lovetorn, and half-brother to Gr1 winner Fenway), two colts and one filly by leading USA sire Tapit, a filly by Sea The Stars (from Gr3 winner Ready To Lift) and one colt by Shamardal. Snitzel is the leading stallion overall with 44 progeny, ahead of Redoute's Choice (36), Sebring (35), Pierro (33), Fastnet Rock (27) and Medaglia d'Oro (26). Ten First Season Sires are also represented - Zoustar, Fiorente, Dundeel, Shamus Award, Camelot, Dawn Approach, Declaration of War, The Factor, Fighting Sun and Epaulette. Of the 480 Lots to be offered, 146 Lots are from Stakes-winning mares – including 22 Gr1 winners and first foals from Samaready, Secret Admirer, Gondokoro and Steps In Time – and 304 Lots contain black type in the first dam. Arrowfield is the leading vendor with 51 Lots, followed by Widden (36) and Coolmore (32). Chairman John Messara is thrilled with the Arrowfield draft. "We have a very strong draft of 51 yearlings for Easter, which has something for everyone,'' Mr Messara said. Inglis National Bloodstock Manager Jonathan D'Arcy described the catalogue as: "truly world class and representative of the enormous investment that Australasian breeders have put into the bloodstock industry over the past 10 years.'' Click here to view the online catalogue.
Meanwhile, Karaka 2017 will also showcase the first yearling crops of 18 exciting new sires from throughout Australasia, including:
Another freshman sire to watch out for is Windsor Park Stud’s Shamexpress (O’Reilly), winner of the 2013 Gr1 Newmarket Handicap and placed in another three Gr1 sprints. Shamexpress has 19 yearlings catalogued for the Premier session - the most of any first season sire this year - and includes Lot 356, a half-sister to Singapore's latest star Debt Collector.
Others include Ferlax, Sizzling, Spirit Of Boom, Sweet Orange, The Factor, Unencumbered and Zoustar.
The NZB National Yearling Sales Series will take place from 30 January – 5 February at Karaka.
Relations to the likes of The Quarterback, Not Listenin'tome, Tiamo Grace, Palentino and Defcon headline a memorable catalogue for the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. A total of 771 yearlings have been catalogued for sale between February 26 and March 1 next year. Of those to go under the hammer, 507 are Super VOBIS nominated 439 are BOBS eligible. Among them are 54 relations to Group winners – including nine Gr1 victors – and 52 progeny of Group winners, 13 of which are from Gr1-winning mares. In total, 109 stallions are represented headed by Written Tycoon (30), Fiorente and Pierro (29), Shamus Award and Helmet (23), Reward For Effort (22), High Chaparral (21) and Sebring and I Am Invincible (20). There are 19 First Season Sires – behind Fiorente and Shamus Award are Fighting Sun (19), Zoustar (17), Epaulette (15) and Unencumbered (13). Supreme Thoroughbreds is the leading vendor with a draft of 43, ahead of Swettenham (38), Woodside Park (33), Rosemont (32) and Blue Gum (31). Day 1 will again feature the popular Blue Riband session, for select yearlings our bloodstock team has earmarked as potential Classic contenders. The Inglis Premier Yearling Sale will be held at the Oaklands complex in Melbourne from February 26-March 1, 2017. Click here to view the catalogue.
Meanwhile, the progeny of 25 Gr1-winning mares – including first foals for Samaready, Streama, Secret Admirer, Gondokoro and Steps In Time - as well as siblings to almost 50 Gr1 winners are introduced in the Easter Preview. Of the superb yearlings entered, Snitzel is the leading sire with 52 entrants, ahead of Redoute's Choice (37), Sebring (35), Pierro (31) and Fastnet Rock (29). Ten First Season Sires are also catalogued – Zoustar, Fiorente, Dundeel, Shamus Award, Camelot, Dawn Approach, Declaration of War, The Factor, Fighting Sun and Epaulette. There are also four Frankels entered, as well as yearlings by a range of world-class stallions including dual champion US sire Tapit, and European heavyweights Dansili, Shamardal and Sea The Stars. The final Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale catalogue will be available in mid-late January. Click here to view the Easter Yearling Sale Preview.
The largest selection of weanlings at any Southern Hemisphere sale in 2016 leads the Inglis Great Southern Sale catalogue, to be held on 19, 20, 21 and 22 June at Oaklands in Melbourne. After a flood of entries the sale was extended to a four-day format, including two full days of weanlings on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 June, 290 of which are entered in the Platinum Session with X-Rays available for viewing. "The popularity of the Platinum Session has skyrocketed this year, with vendors recognising the benefit in increasing buyer confidence by X-Raying their premium stock," said Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian. Weanlings on offer are by a first-class collection of 109 stallions. Buyers will have the opportunity to secure progeny from 18 individual first season sires Declaration Of War, Shamus Award, Zoustar, The Factor, Sizzling, Epaulette, Dundeel, Eurozone, Camelot, Albrecht, Unencumbered, War, Fiorente, Polanski, Kuroshio, Fighting Sun, Akeed Mofeed and Niconoise. Proven sires represented in the weanling section include Snitzel, High Chaparral, More Than Ready, Not A Single Doubt, Medaglia d'Oro, Choisir, Manhattan Rain, joining young sires All Too Hard, Pierro, Foxwedge and Sepoy. Following the weanling sections, over 250 broodmares from Victoria's leading farms will be offered, 200 of which are due to foal this season. Sires represented in-utero include Written Tycoon, I Am Invincible, Nicconi, Hinchinbrook, Foxwedge, Sizzling, Helmet, Reward For Effort, Epaulette, Zoffany, Deep Field, Dalakhani, War, Starspangledbanner, Artie Schiller, Wandjina, Moshe, Unencumbered, Turffontein, All American, Toronado, Toorak Toff, Skilled and Master Of Design. Over 120 lots of racing stock will join Group 1 producing sire Purrealist (Lot 662), and Group 2 producer Astronomer Royal (Lot 661), closely followed by stallion shares in Stratum and Duporth. Supplementary entries will close on Friday 10 June. Click here to view the catalogue online.
Buoyed by the addition of exciting new stallions in Ready For Victory and Jabali, Sun Stud has announced 2016 stallion fees for both its Victorian and Queensland farms. Standing eight stallions at the Kerrie operation in Victoria and five at the Innisplain complex in Queensland, Sun Stud’s Managing Director, Danielle Cheng, is excited about the coming season, commenting, “It’s a tremendous roster … an ideal blend of proven, ‘poised’ and promising. “ All Sun Stallions stand on a live foal basis. The respective State fees (GST inclusive) for Sun Stud’s 2016 roster are:
213 Lots have been finalised for the 2015 Inglis December Thoroughbred Sale after 72 supplementary entries were added to the bumper auction to be held this Friday, 11 December. The auction at Inglis' Oaklands complex in Melbourne will start at 11:00am with the Broodmares then Supplementary Broodmares, which include mares in foal to Fighting Sun, Unencumbered, Street Boss, Reward For Effort, Epaulette and many other sires. There is a wide range of yearlings and unbroken stock to be offered following the broodmares, then a great selection of racing stock from well-known racing stables. Darley have 19 lots in the December Sale, while Contract Racing, Ken King Thoroughbreds, Lindsay Park Racing and Woodside Park are among the many vendors with promising stock for sale on Friday. Stakes winners Pressing and Storm Approach are among the supplementary entries received for the sale, in addition to stakes placegetters Easy Drama, Caro Kann, Ducal Castle, Crime Fighter, Resistant and Cross of Gold. Click here to view the online catalogue.
On the back of a highly successful 12 months, Eliza Park International has announced the service fees for its stallion roster in Victoria and Queensland. With eight stallions at its Victorian base - headed up by the hugely popular, Fiorente and Group One sire, Magnus - the Queensland operation has also been boosted by the re-location of perennial champion, Bel Esprit, for the 2015 season, who will stand alongside three others including rising star, Love Conquers All. "Eliza Park International will again be offering its Live Foal Payment - in other words, you don't pay the service fee until you get a live foal, which has been a real plus for broodmare owners," said EPI's Sales and Nominations Manager, Mark Lindsay. "This is a great time to be breeding racehorses: sales are up, so is prize money and both Victoria and Queensland are moving ahead in leaps and bounds. That said, we believe that we offer something for all breeders … winning isn't exclusive to state boundaries." Eliza's stallion roster is:
2014 season stallion nominations will go up for tender this week to raise funds for Damian Murphy's family following his sad passing in February of this year. The nominations will be put up for tender on Monday 29 Sep, with a closing time of 5pm Sunday 5 Oct. The following nominations have been kindly donated:
Bids can be placed by emailing Geoff Guest on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning Geoff on 0417 591 453. Nominations are payable on or before 30 May 2015 and all nominations carry a Free Return. Damian is survived by his four sons Josh, Cian, Leo and Patrick. The trust fund has been set up to assist with their education and upbringing.
Eliza Park International's Open Day is scheduled to take place from 12pm to 4pm on Friday 29 August. Visitors are welcome to attend and enjoy a gourmet BBQ and fine wines at 56 Mt Eliza Road at Kerrie, Victoria. The stallion parade will begin at 1pm and will feature new recruits Fiorente (Monsun-Desert Bloom, by Pilsudski) and undefeated Northern Meteor colt Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor-Irish Darling, by Ivory's Irish). Last year's Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente hails from a successful European family. His grand-dam, Hellenic (Darshaan), won the 1990 Gr1 Yorkshire Oaks and has produced Gr1 winners Islington, Mountain High and Greek Dance, while Fighting Sun, winner of the Listed Canonbury Stakes, is the highest rated 2YO colt by the ill-fated Northern Meteor and is out of Gr1 SAJC Australasian Oaks winner Irish Darling.