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Singapore champion Super Easy retires to Hallmark Stud

Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy (pictured) willl stand at the Baker family's Hallmark Stud, Te Kauwhata this coming spring at a fee of $7500 + GST.

The high-class son of leading New Zealand sire Darci Brahma won 15 of his 23 career starts including the Singapore Guineas, Lion City Cup and Patrons' Bowl at Singapore Group 1 level. He also won a further six stakes races and gained a valuable international Group 1 placing in the Singapore Krisflyer International Sprint.

Super Easy was bred by overseas-based NZTBA member Mike Ryan from the grand producer Parfore (Gold Brose), also the dam of dual Group winner Tiger Tees (Dubawi), multiple stakeswinner Our Lukas (Generous) and four other winners - all her foals to race. Other top performers from this family include 2008 Champion New Zealand 2YO Il Quello Veloce and in the 1950s it was responsible for a pair of top-class colts, Hot Spell (VATC Caulfield Guineas) and Champion New Zealand 3YO Syntax.

In fact, Super Easy's seventh dam is the 1956 New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Night Girl, dam of Syntax.

Hallmark Studmaster Mark Baker said of Super Easy, "We're extremely excited to have snared him in the face of hot competition and it's great to have the first son of Darci Brahma to go to stud."

"He's a top-class sire who is doing a great job. He's also the leading sire in Singapore and has a very good reputation in Hong Kong.

"Super Easy will be syndicated. We've had a huge response and have got some very prominent New Zealand breeders already on board."

Super Easy recorded his third Group One victory last month in the Patron's Bowl at Kranji, but injury subsequently forced his retirement at the height of his powers.

He began his juvenile career in New Zealand with a track record-breaking win over 1000 metres on debut at Trentham where he beat subsequent Group 1 winner and NZ Filly of the Year Planet Rock in 56.20. He was then runner-up in the ARC Eclipse S. G3 and fourth in the ARC Karaka Million (R) LR.

Super Easy lived up to his name during his 3YO season in Singapore with 11 straight victories, including six at stakes level. He claimed the Singapore Triple Crown, which culminated in his win in the Singapore Guineas Sgp-1.

"His Guineas win emphasised just what a tough and genuine racehorse he was," Baker said. "He was down on the fence and three back. To bullock his way out and win was massive. "It's easy to understand why he was a cult figure there."

Super Easy completes an appealing and high-quality group of ten freshman sires for New Zealand's upcoming 2013 breeding season, standing at fees ranging from $4,000 to $30,000, with an average fee of just under $11,000.

All ten are Group winners, and six of them were successful at Group 1 level: Azamour, Ocean Park, Power, Reliable Man, Rock 'N' Pop & Super Easy.

Four were bred in New Zealand (Burgundy, He's Remarkable, Ocean Park & Super Easy), three were foaled in Australia (Highly Recommended, Niagara & Rock 'N' Pop) and three hail from Europe (Azamour, Power & Reliable Man).

All but Reliable Man (from the Never Bend line through Darshaan) represent the all-conquering sire-line of Northern Dancer through his sons Danzig (Burgundy, Highly Recommended, Power, Rock 'N' Pop & Super Easy), Be My Guest (He's Remarkable), Fairy King (Niagara), Night Shift (Azamour) and Nureyev (Ocean Park).

For more information on New Zealand's freshman sires of 2013 click here for NZTM's Stallion Announcements.

Most of these new stallions will be on show at the early-season Stallion Parades, presented by the NZTBA Waikato Branch (Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 August; contact Lisa Dunbar on 021 404 680) and NZTBA Auckland Branch (Sunday 8 September; contact Shanon Taylor on 021 285 5513).