Che Sara - Thoroughbred Mare

Che Sara (AUS) (Filante xx x Sillery xx x Sir Tristram xx). AUS00877453 (ASB).

Chestnut mare, born 24 Oct 04, 16.1 hh - 165 cms.

Breeder: Jananth Pty Ltd, Kulnura, New South Wales.


Che Sara xx

Che Sara is an Australian Thoroughbred mare bred by Jananth Pty Ltd in Kulnura, New South Wales. Che Sara (lovingly known as Rubes) first came in to my life as the recipient mare for one of my designer foals, HPW Quaser RW. She proved to be an extraordinary mare in character, quality and motherhood. Although on lease, I could not bear to part with her and therefore she is now a member of the Harris Park family. To date, Che Sara has had three foals; two ASB Thoroughbred foals which were her own and my designer foal where she was the recipient mare.


Pictured left: Che Sara being classified during the 2013 Trakehners Australia and AWHA Ltd Assessment Tour at Harris Park Warmbloods, 2013. Photo: Catherine Reid Photography and Designs ©.


On 07 Mar 13, Che Sara was assessed by AWHA Ltd classifier Silvia Ahamer (NSW) and Trakehner Verband representative Matthias Werner whilst visiting Harris Park Warmbloods during the 2013 Trakehners Australia Inc. and Australian Warmblood Horse Association Ltd Assessment Tour. She received favourable comments by the classifiers scoring 74.40% and is now designated as an AWHA Ltd Foundation Mare (FM) in the Class 'A' Register. I am very excited to have a Thoroughbred broodmare of such quality available for breeding.


Che Sara has respectable Thoroughbred lineage through both sides of her pedigree. Her sire Filante xx (Star Way xx x Sir Tristram xx x Prince Bright xx) is out of a Sir Tristram xx (Sir Ivor xx x Round Table xx x My Babu xx) mare. Her dam lines also carries racing greats such Sillery xx (Blushing Groom xx x Bellypha xx x Riverman xx) (having a double cross to Sir Tristram (3 x 3 removes) as well as racing Hall of Fame stallions Todman (by Star Kingdom).


This season I will be breeding Che Sara to the premium licensed and performance tested Holsteiner stallion Contendro I (IFS) (Contender x Reichsgraf x Rasputin). Contendro I was the Premium Stallion at the Holsteiner Stallion Licensing in Neumünster, Germany, in 1999. The following year he confirmed the high expectations that were placed on him when he won the 100 Day Stallion Performance Test held in Adelheidsdorf, Germany, with top scores in all parts of the index. In the partial index for jumping he became the outright winner on 147.29 points (1/39). Filly foal to be retained by the stud, colt foal will be for sale. Please contact me for further information.


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Che Sara (AUS)


PEDIGREE: Che Sara (AUS) (Filante xx x Sillery xx x Sir Tristram xx). (DNA parentage verification - D123201).

Registered: Australian Stud Book (ASB) and the Australian Warmblood Horse Association Limited (AWHA Ltd) Foundation Mare (FM) Register Class 'A'.

Che Sara (AUS)


61 07 702 262 04 FM



Filante (NZ) 1992

Star Way (GB) Star Appeal (IRE)
New Way (GB)

Eau D'Etoile (NZ)

Sir Tristram (IRE)
Fille D'Etoile (NZ)

Sharmeela (AUS) 1998

Sillery (USA) Blushing Groom (FR)
Silvermine (FR)
Kabuki Dancer (AUS) Sir Tristram (IRE)

Blazing Silks (AUS)


:: Family: 2B :: Taproot: Hammock (GB) 1871 ::


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Che Sara's Progeny

Reg. No.
Unnamed Produce 16SEP09 Colt N/A Consolidator (USA) Foal died after birth
Nikki's Secret (AUS) 23SEP10 Mare AUS01005414 Shaft (AUS) Deceased
HPW Quaser RW (ET) 21OCT12 Gelding Che Sara - RECIP Quando-Quando (Imp) Harris Park Warmbloods
Harris Park Copyright 09NOV14 Gelding 61 07 702 385 14 Contendro I (IFS) Sarah English
Harris Park TBA XXOCT16 TBA TBA Kannan (IFS) Harris Park Warmbloods



Filante (NZ)


Topic: Filante dead at 16 Posted: 22 Aug 2008 at 4:43amThe Warwick Stakes on Saturday will revive memories of grand performer Filante who has died aged 16 at Ilala Stud in the NSW Hunter Valley. In winning the 1997 Warwick Stakes, Filante ran a record 1:21.06 for the 1400 metres at Warwick Farm, a time that still stands today. If he had been born a year earlier or later, Filante may well have been the outstanding performer of his generation but he had the misfortune in his Classic season of 1994-95 to come up against Octagonal, Saintly and Nothin' Leica Dane. That crop is still regarded as the modern-day benchmark for three-year-olds more than a decade later. Filante claimed Group One victories in the 1996 Epsom Handicap and 1997 Caulfield Stakes to go with a host of placings in major races. Among them were seconds in the 1996 Cox Plate to Saintly and again the following year when he was thwarted by another Bart Cummings-trained runner, Dane Ripper. He had a moderately successful stud career with his best performer Macedon Lady, winner of the 2002 Thousand Guineas. Raced by Geoff and Beryl White, Filante's racetrack record was seven wins and 12 placings from 25 starts for earnings in excess of $1.8 million. Two seconds in the Cox Plate, prove he was top class, his Epson win was outstanding. That Epsom win is still the benchmark for mile performances at Randwick. I do wonder if he would of even ran in that race in our current climate of picking and chosing races for our so called champions.


Death of Filante recalls his record Epsom victory 20 Aug 2008 | By Brian Russell Unforgettable is an apt description of the four lengths victory in new track record time in the 1996 renewal of the Epsom Handicap over 1600m at Randwick of Geoff and Beryl White's bought-in Filante, a Star Way stallion who died on Sunday at the age of 16 at George Fraser's Ilala Stud at Scone. Filante's time of 1:33.3 for the race is the fastest ever registered in either the Epsom or Doncaster Handicaps, two of the great 'mile' races run in Australia. His Epsom jockey, Brian York, said afterwards that he did not think that he had ever been on a horse who could quicken like Filante, one whose name is French for shooting star. Filante showed often through his 25 start career that there was nothing freakish about his Epsom display, his other six wins including the Caulfield Stakes-Gr.1 (2000m) by 2.3 lengths, SydneyTattersall's Chelmsford Stakes-Gr.2 (1600m, race record time) and AJC Warwick Stakes-Gr.2 (1400m) twice, the second time in still standing track record time of 1:21.06s. In addition he was runner up twice in the Moonee Valley Cox Plate, on the first occasion beaten a head by Saintly, and also second in the AJC George Main Stakes – twice, VRC L.K.S. Mackinnon Stakes, STC Canterbury Guineas and at a second go at the Chelmsford and third in the AJC Australian Derby, Chipping Norton Stake and in a second attempt at the Mackinnon. Bred by the late distinguished NSW breeder Jim Fleming and purchased by the Whites at a Sydney Easter yearling sale for $220,000, Filante was a half-brother to two other Group1 winners, Bint Marscay and Kenny's Best Pal, and from Eau d'Etoile, a Sir Tristram Queensland Oaks and New Zealand Oaks third. Retired to Widden Stud in 1998, Filante has been the sire of 149 winners.The best of the six stakes winners among them has been the Timor Creek Stud, Murrurundi bred Macedon Lady, annexer in 2002 of the Caulfield Thousand Guineas. Filante has had a new achievement as sire in recent weeks, supplying a very promising steeple jumper in Wheel The Lead. He followed up a big finishing four lengths win in a steeple at Hamilton in Victoria on August 3 with success in the Cleanevent Steeple over 3500m at Adelaide's Morphettville last Saturday, August 16. Although Filante is a big loss for 2008 season for the Ilala Stud, they are still offering mare owners the use of nine sires, including high class performers Amalfi (won the Victoria Derby), Oh Oklahoma (second in the Rosehill Guineas), Classic Endeavor (16 wins in America including15 on New York tracks), We Can Seek (Chilean Triple Group1 winner), Honor in War (American Group 1 winner) and Grand Reve (Canny Lad winner of six sprints and runner up in three stakes to the spectacular filly Gold Edition). Also on the Ilala roster are Vice Admiral (a brother to champion racehorse and sire Dehere), Techrico (by Zabeel and from Golden Slipper second Vaindarra) and Sippin' Bourbon (a half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones)



The Warwick Stakes is an Australian Turf Club Group 2 thoroughbred horse race at Weight for Age, for three-year-olds and older over a distance of 1400 metres at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia in August.[1] Prize money is A$250,000. Time for the 1400 metres was set Al Mansour (2000) in 1:14.77.[2]?


The Chelmsford Stakes is a Tattersalls Club Group 2 Thoroughbred horse race run over 1600 metres at Weight for Age at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia in September.[1] Prize money is A$250,000. Filante Winner 1996 at Randwick 1600m






Sir Tristram (IRE)


SIR TRISTRAM's STORY: THE PROMISE The remarkable story of the world's most famous stud stallion SIR TRISTRAM and his partnership with the New Zealand studmaster Patrick Hogan. The story of how an unpromising horse with a nasty personality became the greatest thoroughbred stud stallion in New Zealand racing history. SIR TRISTRAM (1971-1997) was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who stood at stud in New Zealand, where he sired an extraordinary 45 Group 1 winners, including three Melbourne Cup winners. On pedigree SIR TRISTRAM was royalty; he was by the outstanding racehorse Champion English Three-Year-Old SIR IVOR (by SIR GAYLORD), from the ROYAL CHARGER sire-line, out of the ROUND TABLE mare ISOLT. His dam carried the impeccable bloodlines of PRINCEQUILLO, MY BABU, FEOLA, LAVENDULA, plus ISOLT's third dam, SELENE, was the dam of the great HYPERION. The colt's race record was less spectacular (winning two times in France from 19 races), although his owner, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Raymond Guest, regarded his French-trained colt highly enough to set him for the still-unachieved Kentucky-Epsom Derby double. Trained by Clive Brittain and raced in Ireland, England and France, owner Raymond Guest sent SIR TRISTRAM to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the 1974 Kentucky Derby. Under jockey Bill Hartack, the colt finished eleventh. Following his racing career, he was purchased by Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud in New Zealand, and entered stud in 1976 at the modest stud fee of $1,200. By the time of his death in August 1997, his fee had risen to $200,000. "PADDY", as he was affectionately known, had a reputation as a difficult horse to handle, although this is not a trait which seems to have been inherited by his progeny. In fact, he was so difficult that his handler was forced to wear protective gear, which remains on display at Cambridge Stud. SIR TRISTRAM is the sire of over 140 stakes winners, including the Melbourne Cup winners GURNER'S LANE (1982), EMPIRE ROSE (1988), and BREW (2000). He is also the broodmare sire of over 200 stakes winners, including the Melbourne Cup winners SAINTLY and ETHEREAL, and has earned himself a reputation as a sire of sires. His sire sons include ZABEEL (who continues to stand at Cambridge Stud at a fee of $95,000), MARAUDING, DR. GRADE and GROSVENOR. Although he was known as a sire of stayers, SIR TRISTRAM's progeny and further descendants have excelled over a wide range of distances. As well as siring winners of the Melbourne Cup (the world's richest handicap - over 3,200 metres), SIR TRISTRAM sired MARAUDING, who won a Golden Slipper (the world's richest two-year-old race - over 1,200 metres), and several other outstanding two-year-olds. On the 21st of May in 1997, a few months into his 26th year, SIR TRISTRAM broke his shoulder in his paddock and could not be saved. The sadness of that day has been tempered by the continued blossoming of SIR TRISTRAM's dynasty and the personal memories of a time with a stallion recognized around the world as one of the best. SIR TRISTRAM was buried in the manner of great horses in ancient times – standing up, a fitting tribute for a horse who has contributed so much to the breed, to the sport of thoroughbred racing and the business of breeding thoroughbred horses in this special part of the world. A priest conducted a 40-minute service for the horse they called, "PADDY". Interviews and archive footage are used to tell the story of SIR TRISTRAM and Patrick Hogan. The personalities, stories and history of an extraordinary horse and his dedicated owner are told through filming at Cambridge Stud, with Patrick Hogan, stable master and handlers, syndicate shareholders and owners and trainers of SIR TRISTRAM's offspring, and archival film from Ireland, France and England. In 2008, SIR TRISTRAM was inducted in the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.


In 2008 Sir Tristram was inducted in the NZ Racing Hall of Fame. THE BACKGROUND The search that eventually produced Sir Tristram began in 1975 when New Zealand studmaster Patrick Hogan visited some of the most famous training establishments in England, Ireland and France. The bluest blood of the time was paraded, blood too blue for Hogan's budget of around $200,000. Sir Tristram On his return to Cambridge Stud, Hogan received a pedigree in the mail and knew he had found his new stallion. On pedigree Hogan was sold. Sir Tristram was by the Champion English Three-Year-Old Sir Ivor, from the Royal Charger sire-line, out of the Round Table mare Isolt. His dam carried the impeccable bloodlines of Princequillo, My Babu, Feola, Lavendula, plus Isolt's third dam, Selene, was the dam of the great Hyperion. The colt's race record was less spectacular, although his owner, US Ambassador to Ireland Raymond Guest, regarded his French-trained colt highly enough to set him for the still-unachieved Kentucky-Epsom Derby double. Unable to return immediately to Europe, Hogan asked the British Bloodstock Agency to inspect the horse, their report being even less flattering than the horse's race record. The experts didn't like his rear end at all. Hogan though recalled the words of his father, an Irishman and a good judge, who told him: 'no horse is perfect: put up with faults behind the saddle - don't give away too many up front.' When he received a description of his front end, and finally viewed him, Hogan knew he was right to confound the experts by buying Sir Tristram. But buying 'Paddy'-Sir Tristram - was only the first hurdle. A fire at the farm in England where Sir Tristram was quarantined saw him narrowly escape from the flames; then a well-aimed kick by a mare during the subsequent confusion nearly finished his stud career before it began. On arrival Sir Tristram's ill temper and some shareholder rejection caused Hogan more than a few headaches. THE CHAMPION SIRE Sir Tristram's figures are staggering but they tell only part of the story. His place in the history of international thoroughbred racing and breeding is secured by the outstanding memories of the past and his legacy for the future. The success of his early runners saw a number of Sir Tristram's sons, such as Sovereign Red, Dalmacia and Grosvenor take up stud duties in Australia and New Zealand from the early eighties. The victory of Grosvenor's first crop son Omnicorp in the 1987 Victoria Derby spurred even more the demand for sons of Sir Tristram. However it was as a broodmare sire that Sir Tristram's potential as a long-term breeding influence was first realised. Midnight Fever, foaled in 1984 from one of his first daughters to go to stud, won the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield in 1987 and helped Sir Tristram to his first million-dollar season in Australia as a broodmare sire. He was Australia's Champion Broodmare Sire for the fourth time in the 1997-98 season with 132 winners, and today Sir Tristram is the brood mare sire of the winners of more than $50 million. He has twice set new records for damsire earnings in Australia, his daughters' progeny winnings of $A9.4 million in the 1996-97 season still a record. His daughters have left Golden Slipper winners, classic winners, Cups winners, super weight-for-age performers and even a Group winner at Royal Ascot in Kingfisher Mill. Sir Tristram A stallion's place in thoroughbred history, rightly or wrongly, is established more firmly by sire sons than by brood mare daughters. Many of the more than 40 sons of Sir Tristram at stud in Australia and New Zealand have been successful; some, like El Qahira and Sir Sian, achieving success despite meagre opportunities. Grosvenor, Kaapstad and Marauding are simply outstanding sires and in recent years it appears Sir Tristram has made way for a horse who could potentially be the one sire to emulate or even exceed the records he himself set so freely, Zabeel. With the assistance of his sons and daughters, Sir Tristram appeared in the pedigrees of one in four of the 67 Group One winners in Australia in the 1996-97 season. This bold statistic from the world's second largest racing arena more than most demonstrates the might and power of Sir Tristram's dynasty. On the 21st of May in 1997, a few months into his 26th year, Sir Tristram broke his shoulder in his paddock and could not be saved. The sadness of that day has been tempered by the continued blossoming of Sir Tristram's dynasty and the personal memories of a time with a stallion recognised around the world as one of the best. Sir Tristram was buried in the manner of great horses in ancient times, a fitting tribute for a horse who has contributed so much to the breed, to the sport of thoroughbred racing and the business of breeding thoroughbred horses in this special part of the world. THE SALE RING From 1983, as the flow of top quality Sir Tristram stakes winners turned into a torrent, so were the floodgates opened for his stock in the yearling sale ring. Through the 1980's and 1990's Sir Tristram's sons and daughters have posted record after record in the New Zealand National Yearling Sales, providing the Premier Session's highest price in all but 2 of the 14 sale renewals from 1983 to 1996. In the dizzy sale of 1989 Sir Tristram again broke new ground, becoming the sire of New Zealand's first million dollar yearling, the $1.2 million son of Surround being bought by Japanese interests. From 1983 Sir Tristram has underpinned the New Zealand yearling sales, at times accounting for in excess of 25% of the Premier Session aggregate.



Sillery (USA)


Silic, winner of the 1999 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile, died due to chronic renal failure. He was 18. The son of Sillery had stood for the past two seasons at Pacific Coast Thoroughbreds near Hemet, California, according to the Blood-Horse. Bred in France by M. Armenio Simoes de Almeida, Silic was a Group 3 winner in France at age three, and became and a two-time G1 winner in North America. Silic was trained in the U.S. by Julio Canani for Terry Lanni, Ken Poslosky, and Bernie Schiappa. During his career in North America, Silic captured the 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile, and consecutive editions of the Shoemaker Mile (once as a G2, then as a G1). Silic retired with eight wins from 15 starts, and had earnings of $1,422,299. Silic began his stud career at Crestwood Farm in Kentucky in 2001, and stood there for six seasons before moving to California. From 2007-11 he stood at Getaway Farm, and then moved to Pacific Coast Thoroughbreds.


Pacific Coast Thoroughbreds and Dr. Ben and Kayleeta Davis have announced the death of their stallion Silic. Chronic renal failure was the cause of death for the 18-year-old son of Sillery (by Blushing Groom). Bred in France by M. Armenio Simoes de Almeida and out of the Sadler's Wells mare Balletomane, Silic was a group III winner in France at 3 and a two-time grade I winner in the U.S. Trained stateside by Julio Canani for Terry Lanni, Ken Poslosky, and Bernie Schiappa, the rich bay Silic won the 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Gulfstream Park. With Corey Nakatani up, Silic covered the mile in 1:34.26, defeating a field that included Tuzla, Docksider, Lend A Hand, Hawksley Hill, Brave Act, Delay of Game, Kirkwall, Jim and Tonic, Middlesex Drive, Khumba Mela, Susu, Garbu, and Quiet Resolve. Silic closed out his racing career the following season with his lone start at 5 in the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park. He also won the Shoemaker in 1999 when it was a grade II and landed that year's Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIIT). He placed in a pair of listed stakes in France. Plagued by quarter cracks, Silic made just 15 starts in four years on the track, earning $1,422,299 from a slate of 8-2-0. Silic began his stud career in 2001 at Crestwood Farm in Central Kentucky and stood there for six seasons before moving to California. From 2007-11 he stood at Getaway Farm and then stood at Pacific Coast Thoroughbreds near Hemet, Calif., the last two years. The sire of 159 foals, Silic sired a pair of stakes winners in Gladiatorus and P D Q Kiddo. Gladiatorus was named champion older male in Italy and the UAE and won three group races: the 2009 Dubai Duty Free Sponsored by Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I), the Premio Vittorio di Capua (It-I), and the Commercial Bank of Dubai Al Fahidi Fort (UAE-II). P D Q Kiddo won the Milwaukee Avenue Handicap and placed in four additional stakes races. According to the farm, Silic had been under treatment of his kidney disease for several years. Silic maintained his stud duties until the middle of this year's breeding season, at which time his health began to fail, settling only six mares. Read more on



Star Kingdom (IRE)


Great Grandfather of Blazing Silks and sire of Todman. Star Kingdom (1946-1967) Chestnut horse Stardust – Impromptu Trainers – John Waugh, Fred Templemen Owners – Wilfred Harvey, Claude Leigh, Stanley Wootten (at stud) Race record – 16-9-2-1 Stake Money - £12,352 Star Kingdom was bred in Ireland and raced in England under the name of Star King. His nine wins as a two and three-year-old included the York Gimcrack Stakes and the Sandown Park Produce Stakes. In 1951 Star King was purchased by Stanley Wootten for £4,000, and sent to Australia. Re-maned Star Kingdom he was installed at A.A. Ellison's Barramul Stud in New South Wales where he stood for 16 seasons. His impact on Australian thoroughbred breeding has never been surpassed. In 1958-59 Star Kingdom became Australia's leading sire for the first time when his fifth crop began racing. He was again leading sire in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63 and again in 1964/65. He was the leading sire of two-year-olds seven times, leading broodmares' sire three times, and the first sire whose progeny earned $2 million. At various times his progeny held the Australian records for 4 furlongs, 5 furlongs, 5 ½ furlongs, 8 furlongs and 10 furlongs. One of his most striking achievements was to sire the winners of the first five Golden Slipper Stakes. Among his progeny were the outstanding horses Kingster, Skyline, Todman, Noholme, Fine and Dandy, Time and Tide, Planet Kingdom, Sky High, Sunset Hue, Star of Heaven, Star Affair, Citius, Rajah, Biscay and Kaoru Star. Star Kingdom was also an influential sire of sires; in 1981 two of his grandsons, Bletchingly (by Biscay) and Nodouble (by Noholme) were respectively the leading sires in Australia and the United States.


Star Kingdom proved to be the equine version of the plucky little steam engine immortalized in Watty Piper's classic children's tale The Little Engine That Could. Star Kingdom was a tiny horse. His breeder literally shut the door on him at birth. But he went on to become one of the most brilliant sprinters of his generation. British breeders had no faith in him and allowed him to go to Australian breeders, and even many of the breeders in his adopted country doubted his ability to become a successful sire. Each hurdle which came his way, Star Kingdom mastered. Star Kingdom was foaled on April 30, 1946. He was bred by Richard Ball, master of Cloghran Stud, in County Dublin, Ireland. Ball was renowned as the breeder of champion steeplechaser Reynoldstown, twice a winner of the Aintree Grand National. As a foal, Star Kingdom could not have been more of a disappointment to his breeder. He was such a tiny and delicate colt, Ball could not hide his feelings. He later recalled, "I saw him for the first time when he was less than a day old. He was a small, weak foal with quite the worst legs I have ever seen. But the old groom at Cloghran Stud, McKenna, said, 'Shut the door and don't look at him for a week,' I took his advice, and then I found a strong little colt, very lively, and with legs that were quite passable." The little colt had a decent, though not highly fashionable pedigree. He was sired by Stardust, a good racing son of Lord Derby's mighty Derby hero and leading sire Hyperion. Stardust was produced from the Friar Marcus mare Sister Stella, and his second dam was by Derby winner Sunstar, a son of the outstanding sprinter Sundridge. With a pedigree more geared to speed, Stardust not surprisingly was most effective as a juvenile, taking the National Breeders Produce Stakes. Even though he could not stay, he still had enough class and courage as a three-year-old to finish first in the Champion Stakes before suffering disqualification, and run second to Djebel in the Two Thousand Guineas and second to Turkhan in the St. Leger. At stud, he was quite useful, getting a number of good stakes winners during his stud career, including Moondust, Maharaj Kumar, Smokey Eyes (a good sire in Australia), and Irish Two Thousand Guineas winner Stalino, in addition to Star Kingdom. The dam of Star Kingdom was Impromptu, a daughter of the smart sprinter Concerto. The latter was a son of dual Champion Stakes winner Orpheus, a son of Orby, a dual winner of the Champion Stakes. Concerto was out of a daughter of Sunstar, thereby giving Star Kingdom a 4x4 inbreeding to that classic winner. Impromptu never raced, her dam, Thoughtless (by Papyrus) never won, and the next dam, Virgin's Folly (by Swynford) won only once and produced nothing of merit as a broodmare. All Impromptu had to recommend her was the fact she hailed from the family of Canterbury Pilgrim, Lord Derby's foundation mare being her sixth dam. Mating Impromptu to Stardust also gave Star Kingdom a 4x4 inbreeding to Canterbury Pilgrim's two outstanding sons, Chaucer and Swynford. Star King on the Turf When he was a yearling, Star Kingdom went through the Doncaster sales, and fetched 3,100 guineas. His purchaser was publisher Wilfred Harvey. The colt was originally named Star King, and by that name he performed on Britain's tracks. From the time he first went into training with John Waugh, the little chestnut colt showed he had ability well above the ordinary. He made his first start on April 7, 1948 in the Manton Stakes, run over five furlongs at Salisbury. Three weeks shy of his actual second birthday, Star King blazed home a ten length winner. Wins by daylight in the Sandown Stud Produce Stakes and the Hurst Park Sorrel Stakes set Star King up for a meeting with the brilliant Abernant, like Star King, a grandson, by Owen Tudor, of Hyperion., in the National Breeders Produce Stakes. Star King lost a gallantly run race by only a head. He closed out his juvenile campaign with victories in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and the Gimcrack Stakes at York. Star King was ranked second to Abernant on the Free Handicap of two-year-olds at year's end, the latter having added victories in the Champagne Stakes and Middle Park Stakes to his list of laurels after his conquest of Star King at Sandown Park. Star King was never quite as brilliant the remainder of his career. At three, Star King won three races: the Greenham Stakes at Newbury, the Jersey Stakes at Ascot, and the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury. He ran dismally in the Two Thousand Guineas, trailing in tenth behind Nimbus, with rival Abernant running second. The latter captured the July Cup, with Star King running third. At the end of the season, owner Harvey sold his colt to Claude Leigh, and Star King was transferred to the yard of Fred Templeman. Star King won the six furlong Coronation Stakes at Chester, but failed to win again in four subsequent starts, running second once and unplaced three times. Star King in the Stud A group of British breeders initially desired to stand Star King in England, and owner Leigh was amenable to selling the horse. The deal never materialized, and instead, Leigh sold Star King to an Australian group headed by Stanley Wooten, Reg Moses and his Fairway Stud, and Alf Ellison's Baramul Stud, where Star King would stand. Since there already was a horse named Star King in training in Australia at the time, the stallion's new owners were obliged to change his name slightly, the chestnut grandson of Hyperion thereby becoming Star Kingdom. His new owners must have experienced second thoughts when their new purchase disembarked from the ship after his long voyage from England early in 1951. The colt had lost a good deal of weight. That, coupled with his small size, made him look pitiful. In addition, breeders who came to inspect the new stallion as a potential mate for their mares were less than enthusiastic about him due to his pony-sized physique. They must have had short memories, for his grandsire, Hyperion, a leading stallion, never topped 15.2 hands, and his sire Stardust, also a successful stallion, measured 15.3 as a mature stallion. Star Kingdom was the smallest of this male line, growing to only 15.1 hands. In addition to being vertically challenged, Star Kingdom was built along the lines of a typical sprinting type, being a blocky, compact individual, with heavily muscled hindquarters. As a sire in Australia, he proved his lack of inches did not equate to lack of prowess in siring top class individuals. He sired 65 stakes winners and was named champion Australian sire five times, champion juvenile sire six times, and champion broodmare sire three times. Star Kingdom became a strong influence for speed in Australian pedigrees. Of his 260 individual winners, no less than 136 won as juveniles. Of the premier races for two-year-olds, Star Kingdom sired five victors in the STC Golden Slipper Stakes, eight winners of the Sires' Produce Stakes, seven winners of the AJC Champagne Stakes, three winners of the AJC Breeders' Plate, four winners of the VATC Debutante Stakes, five winners of the AJC Gimcrack Stakes, and five winners of the VATC Merson Cooper Stakes. With his very first crop, Star Kingdom proved an outstanding success. His first crop included KINGSTER, winner during his career of the AJC Breeders' Plate, VRC Newmarket Handicap, AJC All-Aged Stakes, and W.S. Cox Plate. He was named champion Australian two-year-old of 1954. ULTRABLUE was an outstanding filly from Star Kingdom's first crop, accounting for the AJC Gimcrack Stakes only two days after Kingster captured the AJC Breeders' Stakes. There were fourteen other individual winners in Star Kingdom's first crop. After this quick start, Star Kingdom never looked back.


TODMAN, foaled from the Colombo mare Oceana, was foaled in 1954. On the racetrack, this striking chestnut colt won ten of his twelve starts and was named co-champion two-year-old. He was victorious in ten races, including the STC Golden Slipper Stakes, AJC Champagne Stakes, VATC Futurity Stakes, and the Canterbury Guineas. As a stallion standing alongside his sire at Baramul Stud, Todman was champion sire of two-year-olds twice and sired a total of 38 stakes winners. His progeny included Blazing Saddles, winner of the Group 1 VATC Blue Diamond Stakes and sire of English champion sprinter Mr. Brooks; Crewman, another winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes; Eskimo Prince, winner of the STC Rosehill Guineas, STC Silver Slipper Stakes, and AJC Breeders' Plate; and Imposing, winner of thirteen races, including the AJC Epsom Handicap. Todman was twice champion sire of broodmares. His daughters produced 45 stakes winners. Australian Horses of the Year Dulcify and Maybe Mahal were produced from Todman's daughters Sweet Candy and Faithfully Yours, respectively. Todman was a horse with a strong personality. Standing at Baramul, he was placed in a paddock near that of his sire. Star Kingdom was not enthused about having the younger horse within such close proximity, and would become extremely jealous whenever anyone stopped to visit Todman first. Todman, for his part, seemed to relish this fact, and would take almost a sadistic delight in trying to stare down his sire, who would then become highly agitated. It was safe to say father and son had no love lost for each other. NOHOLME, a full brother to Todman, was born in 1956. Noholme was named Australian Horse of the Year as a three-year-old, and during his career on the turf accounted for the AJC Champagne Stakes, W.S. Cox Plate, and the Epsom Handicap. He was purchased by an American syndicate to race in America. Upon arriving in the states, he was styled Noholme II, and on American tracks, he was four times stakes-placed. Noholme II was highly successful as a sire in the United States. He was once a leading sire of juveniles, and his stakes winners included two-time handicap champion Nodouble and champion sprinter Shecky Greene. As a broodmare sire, Noholme II's daughters accounted for sixty stakes winners. Noholme's son Nodouble was a tough, durable campaigner. he won handicap races from coast to coast, and was affectionately known as "The Arkansas Traveler." Never considered the height of fashion as a stallion, he nevertheless produced a steady stream of high class, durable performers. His son Overskate was a champion racehorse and good sire in Canada. Nodouble's daughter No Class produced six stakes winners, was named Broodmare of the Year in Canada, and became the matriarch of a family which boasts Sky Classic, Regal Classic, Grey Classic, Classy 'n Smart, Dance Smartly, Smart Strike, Dance Brightly, Dance With Ravens, Scatter the Gold, and Dancethruthedawn. Both Noholme and Todman were trained by Maurice McCarten. When someone asked him how he would compare the two horses, he replied, "If you invited both horses to afternoon tea, you would find Noholme the perfect gentleman--punctual, gracious, and always willing to please. Todman, on the other hand, would arrive late and without apology. He would greedily eat everything within his reach and knock over a table stretching for more. When he had finally had enough, he would then sit back and look to start an argument." Todman and Noholme had two other full brothers, SHIFNAL, foaled in 1960, and FARINGDON, foaled in 1961. Shifnal was not as talented as his elder brothers on the racecourse. He did win four out of eight starts, but nothing of the importance or prestige won by his brothers. At stud, he sired only seventeen stakes winners, but he was a champion sire of two-year-olds once. His daughter Jandell was named champion three-year-old filly in New Zealand and his son Sun Monarch was named a champion two-year-old in South Africa. Shifnal did well as a broodmare sire, his daughters producing Moss Kingdom, winner of the Adelaide and Perth Cups, Cure, winner of the New Zealand One Thousand Guineas; Regimental March, winner of the New Zealand St. Leger; and further Group I winners Navy Seal, Love to Dance, and Red Express. FARINGDON won only three races, none of them stakes. At stud, he sired a like number of stakes winners, Navajo Brave, winner of the Tattersalls Stakes and Sabron, winner of the AJC June Stakes being his best. SKY HIGH was foaled in 1957. On the racecourse, Sky High was a tough, consistent performer. He was a champion at two and three, and a champion older horse. He won 29 races, the STC Golden Slipper Stakes and the VRC Derby being among the many races he won. After standing a few seasons at Woodlands Stud, he was purchased by an American syndicate headed by Arthur Boyd ("Bull") Hancock of Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky. In Australia and New Zealand, Sky High left Sky Call, winner of the VATC Eclipse Stakes and other stakes winners Obelia, Captain Kirk, and Skyperion. Upon reaching the states, he was styled Sky High II. He was a solid, useful stallion whose handicap performers represented him best. His most accomplished offspring was 1972 American champion handicap horse Autobiography, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Discovery Handicap, and three other major stakes. Tragically, Autobiography never had the opportunity to stand at stud, as he broke down in a race in California early the next season and was humanely destroyed. Good handicap performers by Sky High II sired in the United States included Take Off, Sky High's Son, and Sky-Cast's Double, none of which perpetuated Star Kingdom's legacy in the stud. FINE AND DANDY, out of Shading, by Italian-bred Brueghel, was a chestnut gelding foaled in 1956. He was named champion two-year-old, and during his years on the track, accounted for the STC Golden Slipper Stakes, AJC Sires' Produce Stakes, and two editions of the Doncaster Handicap. Four years younger than Fine and Dandy was his full brother, also a gelding, named TIME AND TIDE. This durable runner captured twenty races, and like his elder brother, took laurels in the AJC Sires' Produce Stakes and Doncaster Handicap, as well as victories in the AJC Champagne Stakes and VATC Caulfield Guineas. STAR OF HEAVEN, out of Magic Symbol, by the Big Game stallion Makarpura, was a foal of 1961. He captured nine races, chiefly the Linlithgow Stakes and VRC Racing Club Stakes. He also placed in the STC Golden Slipper Stakes and VRC Sires' Produce Stakes. He became the sire of just eight stakes winners, but he came up with a top class representative in his son Star Shower, undefeated in five starts and a champion Australasian two-year-old. He in turn sired Australasian champion Drawn, winner of both the VATC Caulfield Guineas and STC Rosehill Guineas. Star of Heaven had a younger brother, BISCAY (1965). He was victorious in nine races, including the VRC Maribymong Plate and VATC Merson Cooper Stakes. Biscay was champion juvenile sire on two occasions. His son Zephyr Bay was an outstanding sprinter and at stud a champion sire of two-year-olds. Biscay's son Marscay was another member of the Star Kingdom tribe to land a victory in the STC Golden Slipper Stakes and was a successful sire. Biscay's best son was Bletchingly. Lightly raced due to unsoundness, Bletchingly ran only five times. He won four races and was second once. His stakes wins came in the AJC Galaxy Handicap, VRC Moomba Handicap, and the MVRC Windarra Handicap. At stud, Bletchingly was a resounding success. He sired 63 stakes winners, was champion sire from 1979 through 1982, and champion broodmare sire from 1999 through 2000. All told, daughters of Bletchingly produced 60 stakes winners. KAORU STAR, born in 1965 from the Emperor mare Kaoru, won thirteen times in 27 starts, his most important victory coming in a division of the QTC Hopeful Stakes. Listed among the leading Australian sires six times, Kaoru Star was a leading first crop sire and twice a champion juvenile sire. His son Luskin Star was named a champion two-year-old colt in Australia, becoming another descendant of Star Kingdom to land the STC Golden Slipper Stakes. Kaoru Star was once a leading broodmare sire, with over 70 stakes winners being attributed to his daughters. In 1967, Star Kingdom's son PLANET KINGDOM was born as a result of a union with the Messmate mare Lilting. Unlike many of the Star Kingdom's, Planet Kingdom had a bit more staying power, his two biggest victories coming in the 1-1/4 mile AJC Craven Plate and the Tattersall's Cup of 1-3/8 miles. He was also placed in the AJC Derby. At stud, he sired horses with his staying ability, including VATC Caulfield Cup winners Ming Dynasty and Mighty Kingdom; AJC Doncaster Handicap winner Just Ideal; QTC Derby winner Our Planet; and further Group I winners Ideal Planet, Leica Planet, and Cosmic Planet. Daughters of Planet Kingdom produced thirty stakes winners, among them AJC Australian Derby winner and champion Innocent King. SUNSET HUE, RED GOD, OSMUNDA, TATTENHAM, ROYAL ARTIST, STAR AFFAIR, RAJAH, COALCLIFF, KING STAR, and SECRET KINGDOM were just a few more of the good siring sons of Star Kingdom, each of them coming up with major stakes winners. Sunset Hue sired Gunsynd, winner of 29 races including the Cox Plate; Red God was sire of VRC Produce Stakes winner Pacifica; and Osmunda sired Australian champion two-year-old filly Black Shoes. Lest it be thought Star Kingdom sired only top colts, he had his share of top class fillies, several of which became significant producers. REVEILLE, out of Emulation, by Dogger Bank, and foaled in 1961, was named Australia's champion three-year-old filly with victories in the VATC One Thousand Guineas and AJC Flight Stakes. She spent several years of her stud career at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky after she was purchased for breeding purposes by American interests. She produced three stakes winners. Her son Realty, by Sir Ivor, was a multiple Group III winner in France. Sons Ethnarch, by Buckpasser, and Savings, by Buckfinder, were each multiple stakes winners in the United States. CITIUS, foaled in 1962, was a daughter of the Delville Wood mare Rich and Rare. Like Reveille, she was named champion Australian three-year-old filly. Her stakes wins included the VRC Sires' Produce Stakes at two and the AJC Doncaster Handicap, VATC Oakleigh Plate, and VRC Lightning Stakes at three. Her best offspring was the Century colt Consenting, winner of the VRC Leonard Handicap and multiple Group I-placed. RITMAR, out of Magic Ring, by Ringmaster, was a foal of 1956. She was victorious in the VRC Lightning Stakes. Like Reveille, she wound up as a broodmare in the United States. She produced American stakes winner Agronomist, by Herbager, and stakes-placed Taipan, by Bold Ruler. The latter was sent to New Zealand for stud duty and met with considerable success, being named champion first crop sire in 1973/1974 and champion sire of two-year-olds in 1973/1974 and 1974/1975. CONCERT STAR, foaled in 1954 from the Hua mare Huarette, was another two-year-old champion for her sire, capturing the AJC Gimcrack Stakes, the VRC Maribymong Stakes and placing in the STC Golden Slipper Stakes. Her progeny included Australian stakes winner Tantrum and co-champion Australian two-year-old Academy Star. New Zealand champion three-year-old Mansingh, a winner of the New Zealand Derby, was produced from Star Kingdom's daughter STARQUITA. This black mare, foaled in 1959 from Chicquita, by Blank, was also dam of Australian classics-placed filly With Respect. The most prolific daughter of Star Kingdom was undoubtedly DARK JEWEL. A foal of 1953, she was produced from the mare Red Lace, a daughter of Hurry On's son Excitement. On the track, Dark Jewel was nothing out of the ordinary, winning only three times from 25 starts. Once she was put in the stud, however, she became a classic blue hen, producing five stakes winners. Four of her stakes winners were sired by Rego, an imported son of Nasrullah. They were Baguette, Cabochon, Heirloom, and Birthright. Of these, Baguette and Heirloom were champions. The former was named a champion at two and champion sprinter at three. His victories included the STC Golden Slipper Stakes, AJC Champagne Stakes, Sires' Produce Stakes, George Main Stakes, and VRC Newmarket Handicap, all Group I races. Heirloom was named co-champion two-year-old filly, taking the VRC Maribymong Plate at two and the VATC One Thousand Guineas at three. Birthright and Cabochon were not champions, but close. Cabochon was a dual Group I winner, and Birthright was a winner,, like her sister, of the VRC Maribymong Stakes. Dark Jewel's fifth stakes winner, Betelgeuse, was sired by the Court Martial son Wilkes. On April 21, 1967, Star Kingdom died from an attack of colitis. He died with his head resting in the arms of his long-time groom, Noel Hennessy. --Liz Martiniak



Todman (AUS)


Chestnut horse (1954 - 1976) Star Kingdom - Oceana Trainer – Maurice McCarten Owner – Stanley Wootton Race record – 12 starts: 10 wins, 1 second Stake money – £20,805 Major Wins Golden Slipper Stakes Champagne Stakes Canterbury Guineas Lightning Stakes Futurity Stakes Interesting Fact Todman was small, just 15.1 hands, but he had an enormous stride - measured at 26 feet 2 inches when he was at full gallop. About Although his career was short, Todman proved himself one of the great sprinter-milers to grace the Australian turf. On his debut as a two-year-old in 1956, Todman ran an Australian record for five furlongs in winning the Juvenile Stakes. He won his next two starts with great brilliance, and was then set for the inaugural running of the Golden Slipper Stakes. Starting at 6-1 on, he bolted in by eight lengths. Beaten by Tulloch a week later in the Sires' Produce Stakes, he reversed the position the next week in the Champagne Stakes when defeating that horse by six lengths. In 1957 Todman resumed with wins in the Hobartville Stakes and Canterbury Guineas. He then broke down and was off the track for two years. His return to racing in 1959-60 was a triumph with wins in the Lightning Stakes and the Futurity Stakes where he carried 10st 2 lbs (64.5kg). Injury forced Todman's retirement to stud in 1960, where he had much success as a sire. He was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2005.




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