Proisir’s stellar season is now a record breaking one with the Rich Hill Stud stallion claiming a piece of New Zealand stallion history.
He sits atop the domestic General Sires’ Premiership with an unassailable lead of more than $1.4 million over Savabeel and champion honours await the 13-year-old.
Proisir’s current progeny earnings for the 2022/23 season are a new record mark of $3,966,885, which betters the previous best of $3,951,419 set by champion sire Savabeel during the 2018/19 season.
Proisir now has two months left this season to become the first stallion in history to have progeny earnings in excess of $4 million during a New Zealand racing season.
His chief contributor has been the outstanding filly Prowess with more than $940,000 banked through successes in the Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes (2050m), the Gr.2 David & Karyn Ellis Fillies’ Classic (2000m), the Gr.2 Auckland Guineas (1600m) and the Listed Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m).
She also made her mark in Australia with a commanding display to claim the Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) to end her three-year-old campaign.
Proisir’s remarkable season has been complimented by Levante’s wins in the Gr.1 Telegraph (1200m) and the Gr.1 Otaki Maori WFA Classic (1600m) while Legarto was victorious in the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and then became the first New Zealand-trained winner of the Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m).
Earlier in the term, his son Dark Destroyer triumphed in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) while Pier was successful in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).
Proisir’s commercial status soared to new levels at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2023 National Yearling Sale when all 19 of his Book 1 yearlings sold at an average of $189,000.
His service fee for next season was set at $70,000 + GST and he is already fully booked.
“Proisir is a champion sire in waiting who now holds the record for progeny earnings in a domestic racing season,” Rich Hill Managing Director John Thompson said.
“This record is a great indication of how he has upgraded his mares from modest early books and we look forward to what he can achieve in the future as more of his progeny find their way into the lucrative Australian market.”