Sunline ScholarshipScholarshipNew Zealand BloodstockBreeders' BulletinCambridge StudCovid-19Haunui FarmBelardoRich HillWaikato StudCheveley Park StudIrish National StudBreeders BulletinCoolmoreGavelhouse PlusPearl SeriesBrighthill FarmBruce SladeRITATaylor MadeBruce's BlogBulletinMatt's BlogMatthew ScownTrelawney StudWeanling SaleAlmanzorJamie RichardsLittle Avondale StudMapperley StudMatt ScownNational Breeding AwardsOcean ParkRobert DennisThe Oaks StudWindsor Park StudBevan SmithDavid Morris BlogFirst Crop Sire FocusHighden ParkIffraajNovara ParkNZTRSavabeelWentwood Grange2020 New SiresBevan's BlogEminentHolly RossHolly's BlogJamie's BlogKiwi BredLance Forbes BlogRaise The FlagRobert's BlogTavistockWellfield LodgeWestbury StudWhite Robe LodgeBenji KingBenji's BlogCameron Ring BlogDanielle Southey BlogGavelhouseHannah AireyHannah MeeMelody BelleNZB Pearl SeriesPer IncantoSatono AladdinSweynesseValachi DownsCharm SpiritDylan TreweekDylan's BlogEmbellishGrangewilliam StudHannah's BlogHello YoumzainInglewood StudKeith and Faith Taylor Equine ScholarshipKoldingLaura McNabNZB South Island SaleReliable ManSam BergersonSouth Island SaleTime TestVadamosVespaWyndspelleAce HighAide MemoireBagalolliesCameron RingChris LuoniCoronavirusCurraghmoreDalgharDarci BrahmaDavid ArcherEtah JamesJon SnowMarie LeicesterMilan ParkNewmarketOcean EmperorPrefermentRichard WrightRoad to RockShamexpressShockingShowcasingSir Patrick HoganStaphanosSuper SethWaikato Stallion WeekendWelfareWroteYearling SalesAlamosaAtlanteAuckland Breeder AwardsBeauty GenerationBLOODSTOCK TAXATIONBreeding AwardsCatalystCEO BlogChief Executive's BlogContributerCoolmore IrelandDean McKenzieDennis BrothersFalkirkFrankelGerry HarveyGingernutsGordon CunninghamHall of FameHealthy RiversHighviewIgraineJennifer EcclesJoan EganJomara BloodstockKaraka MillionLance ForbesLisa LattaLloyd MonehanMare ReturnsMark ChittyMark LuptonMembershipNearco StudNick KingNZB InsuranceNZTBA Waikato BranchPattern CommitteePear Tree FarmPinsPolly GreyRacing Industry BillRangitikei Gold CupReady To Run SaleRibchesterRoaring LionRock 'n' PopRyan StaceySacred FallsSneaking To WinStallion paradeStallion parade 2019TarzinoTe AkauTe Aroha Breeders DayTen SovereignsTheileria equiTivaciToffee TongueTony PikeTurn Me LooseVanbrughVerry ElleegantWar DecreeWarren PeggWinston PetersYearn2015/16 Handicaps2017 Waikato Stallion Parade2020 Service fees30 Day Foal NotificationAblazeACC ForumACC LEVIESAdvantageAerovelocityAl Basti EquiworldAlan GrovesAlan WindleAllan SharrockAllureAlphastarAndrew SeabrookAndrew StewartAnne-Marie KingAnother DollarArthur AvisAternatinAuckland Stallion ParadeAuckland Stallion Parade 2017AzamourBaggy GreenBansha House StablesBarbara PerryBelle familyBernard SaundryBessBeyond the BarriersBohemian BluesBonnevalBonniegirlBostonianBoticaBradbury ParkBRANCH CAPITATIONBred To WinBreeder of The YearBreeder Of The Year 2016Breeder ProfileBreeders Bulletin Winter 2016Breeders' Bulletin Summer 2016/17Breeders' StakesBrent and Cherry TaylorBrian CollinsBroodmare Of The Year 2016Broodmare of the year 2020Bruce HarveyBruce PerryBryerley ParkBuckinghamBurgundyCallsign MavCancer SocietyCareers DayCarol MarshallCathay PacificCatWalkCelia CrawshawCharles RobertsCharmontCherry TaylorCheveley ParkChiantiChocanteChris GraceChristopher GraceClearview ParkClyde BuckinghamColdplayComplacentCoolmore AmericaCouleeCountofmontecristoCovCylinder BeachDan MyersDanny RolstonDavid EllisDavid GreeneDavid MillerDavid MorrisDavid WalshDawn PatrolDe GruchyDeloitte ReportDerrynDezDijon BleuDivine ProphetDolcettoDon GoodwinDormello StudDr Frances PeatDunstan FeedsDunstan Feeds Stayers ChampionshipDunstan Feeds Under The RadarDunstan Horse FeedsDylan JohnsonEducationElusive BoxersEmblemEmma EvansEnglandEnvironmentEpisode OneEquibreed Seminar 28th AugustEquifibreEquine Property OwnersEvent StarsExplosive BreedingExportsFabulousFanaticFarriersFasig-TiptonFastrack Breeder ProfileFasttrackFasttrack Breeders ProfileFerlaxFerrandoFiona BassettFirst Season Sire ReviewFive to MidnightFlemmington FarmFlying MontyFlyingflynnFoal NZFoalsFormidableFoster FoalFoxbridgeFrank ConwayFree Handicaps 2016-17Full of BeautyG1 DinnerGalloping GerteGary WallaceGermanicusGift Of PowerGilltown StudGina ShickGoffsGore GuineasGraham de GruchyGreg TomlinsonGus WigleyGuy LowryGypsy FairHappy StarHard MerchandizeHe's Our RokkiiHe's RemarkableHEALTH & SAFETY ACTHeniHigh ChaparralHighview StudHiyaamHoney RiderHorse ambulanceHoward Be Thy NameHumidorI Am A StarIain RentonImmigrationImposing LassImposinglyInfantryInside AgentIrelandIts Time For MagicJakkalberryJanine DunlopJeanette BroomeJen CampinJericho CupJezabeelJimmy ChouxJohn BergerJohn FokerdJohn Messara Report Release Date 30 August 2018John ThompsonJohn WoodJulian CorbanJustamaizKaraka 2021KawiKay HoodKaye SandersKeanoKeenelandKevin GrayKevin HickmanKevin PrattKhalesKick BackKinaneKoru ThoroughbredsKyla RobbKyla Robb BlogKylie FawcettKylin 500 ClubLa DiosaLa RomaneeLasarlaLegless VeuveLet Her RipLib PetagnaLibby BleakleyLifesaverLightning StakesLincoln BlueLincoln FarmsLion's RoarLiz AllenLloch-Haven ThoroughbredsLondon ExpressLong Acres StudLorna MooreLuigi MuolloMajor TomMakfiMakfi StakesMangaroa Flo JoMansfield FarmMarch 2016Mark CorcoranMark TreweekMaster PaintonMay SaleMcQuadeMeeska MooskaMeleka BelleMembersMiami boundMichael MoranMichael O'KeefeMichael SheridanMichelle SabaMick PrestonMiss Three StarsMiss VistaMiss WilsonMongolian khanMonovaleMontoyas SecretMonty RobertsMPINahkleNew zealand racing hall of fameNight's WatchNitrogenNot An OptionNurse KitchenNZ Bred G1 WinnersNZ Breeder of the YearNZ First season sires 2018NZ HOTYNZ Racing AwardsNZ Racing Hall of FameNZ Racing StructureNZB AirfreightNZB Yearling SalesNZERFNZRBNZTBA Breeders Bulletin Autumn 2018NZTBA OfficeNZTBA RestructureNZTBA Te Aroha Breeders DayNZTROF March 2017OceanexOctapussyOctasongOn The RocksOne One TwoOnly WordsOur AbbadeanOWNERS FEDERATIONPaisley ParkPark Hill StablesPaul GollanPaul MoroneyPaul YesbergPencarrowPencarrow StudPentirePerfect FitPerfectly ReadyPeter and Heather CrofskeyPeter and Sue WestendPeter NewsomPeter WalkerPhilamorPhilip SmythPhill CataldoPiaggioPlatinum InvadorPlusvitalPour MoiPRIMARY ITOPrince Of BrooklynPrincess JenniProisirProisir FoalsProm QueenPucciniPure ChampionPurple SectorQuiz NightRace Fields LegislationRaceFormRacing hall of fameRacing MinisterRacing Reform BillRageeseRaise You TenRavelston StudRaven DarkholmeRed GiantRedwoodRemindRichard CollettRick WilliamsRide To TimeRip Van WinkleRiva CapriRoad ShowsRobin ArcherRobt DaweRock OnRodger VarianRodmor Trust Lecture SeriesRomancerRon LaddSacred DaySacred ElixirSaracinoSaratogaSavigneSavile RowScorpzScott BaseSeabrookSeagramSean HawkinsSeason 5SeawayShadwellShane KennedyShannon TaylorShoshoneShout the BarSleeping BeautySophie's ChoiceSouth Island Foster FoalSpanish WhisperSpecial MemoriesSpiethSpyglass Hill SyndicateStakesStallion Parades 2016Stallion Register 2018Start WonderingSteel StilettosStephen AutridgeStranglesSue and Peter WestendSummer PassageSunlineSunset PassSuper EasySupergiantSupreme HeightsSurprise BabySusan ArcherSusan WalkerSweet LeaderSweet TreatTaranaki Breeders' StakesTattersallsTattyboglerTe ArohaThe Bold OneThe BostonianThe Chosen OneThe InformantThe KingThe Sunlight TrustTivaci ShuttleTofaneTom LaneTomsTony RiderTrain The Trainer WorkshipTravelling LightTravimyfriendTrevor LukeTrue EnoughTurrettTutta La ClasseUnderthemoonlightUnusual SuspectUpper CutUS Navy FlagVamos BebeVerdiVern TrilloVernanmeVicki PikeVisasVolatile MixWaikato BranchWaikato Regional Council ReportWait A SecWarwick JeffriesWayne PikeWeanling educationWeanling WalkWeigh InWell DoneWellington BranchWertherWhat's The StoryWhite Robe Lodge HandicapWho Shot ThebarmanWilliam FellWillie and Karen CalderWinstarWinxWTBAXpressionXpressmymindXtravagantYogiZabeelZacintoZebrowskiZedZennistaZigwig
TAGS

Champion mare Horlicks produces another Group One winner for Graham de Grucy

Sacred Elixir wins the JJ Aitkens Stakes 11-6-16 at Eagle Farm. Photo: stevehart.com.au

Sacred Elixir wins the JJ Aitkens Stakes 11-6-16 at Eagle Farm.  Photo: stevehart.com.au
Hawkes Bay breeder Graham de Gruchy is thrilled with the win of Sacred Elixir (Pour Moi[IRE]-Baltika) in the Group One JJ Aitkens Stakes, the latest Group One winner descended from his champion mare Horlicks.

"It's fantastic to get a Group One two-year-old in the family, as they are pretty rare".

"It was a fantastic result, the industry could not have got any greater exposure than the two fabulous Group One winners in Queensland," he enthused referring to the win by Sacred Elixir and the Group One Queensland Oaks winner Provocative, both trained by Cambridge trainer Tony Pike.

"And with the announcement that Pour Moi is coming back to Windsor Park it's very timely, isn't it amazing to think that we have got access to an English Derby winner?"

"You know when Tesio was asked about the greatest influence on his breeding, he said that it was the piece of wood at the finish line at Epsom - and he knew a thing or two Derby winners."

Sacred Elixir owned by Raffles Thoroughbred Racing was making his sixth race day appearance when he won the JJ Aitkens Stakes, recording his third win. He debuted with a second in late December, and followed that race up two weeks later with a win over 1200 metres. In late January he finished sixth in the Karaka Million coming home late to finish within a length and a quarter from the winner, and then went for a spell.

He won a trial in late April before boarding a plane to Queensland and winning fresh up at Caloundra over 1400. His next start was in the Group Two Sires' Produce Stakes at Doomben where he was doing his best work at the end over 1400 metres, and two weeks later he trounced a quality field of two-year-olds in the JJ Atikins at Eagle Farm, winning going away by three and a half lengths.

Sacred Elixir was purchased at the 2015 NZB Premier National Sale for $170,000 from the draft of Wentworth Grange, by bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster on behalf of Raffles Thoroughbred Racing.

He is the first foal of the Stravinsky(USA) mare Baltika a race winning daughter of Zambuca an unraced daughter of Horlicks, by Zabeel. Horlicks by Three Legs(GB) out of Malt is in the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame for her fantastic achievements which include winning the 1989 Japan Cup. As well she won 16 other races including the Group One ARC DB Draught Classic twice, the L K Mackinnon Stakes and the ARC Auckland Stakes.

She in turn is the dam of the Champion Australian Stayer Brew who won the 2000 Melbourne Cup, his sister Bubble won four races including the Group Two Avondale Guineas. She is also the grandam of Fiumincino (ex Latte) the winner of the Group One Australian Derby and the BMW Stakes, Tremec (ex Tipple) winner of the Group Two ATC Chairman's Handicap, and My Tusker (ex Stella Artois) whose six wins include three at Group Two level.

Fiumincino and Tremec are by Zabeel and thus three-quarter sisters to Zambuca, as are Brew and Bubble who are by Sir Tristram(IRE).

"Horlicks was based at Cambridge Stud and they have had a huge input in her on-going success. I supported their stallions, and not just because she was there either, but because of the huge influence of Selene(GB) in the blood of Sir Tristram, Zabeel and Stravinsky and a very strong influence of Selene in Horlicks' family," said de Gruchy.

Horlicks has Selene in both her top and bottom lines and through the same mare. Her grandam Frill is by Agricola (GB) who is out of a Hyperion(GB) (Gainsborough[GB] – Selene) mare in Aurora(GB). Aurora is also the dam of Alycidon(GB) (Donatello II[FR]) the sire of the dam of Petingo(GB) (Petition[GB]—Alcazar[FR]), the sire of Three Legs.

"Sir Tristram has Selene as his fourth dam, while Zabeel gets a line from him. He also has a double up of Hyperion in Nureyev his dam sire, and that same double up appears in Stravinsky as he is by Nureyev. Now Stravinsky is doing a great job as a broodmare sire," he added.

"Baltika has a lovely Darci Brahma weanling filly foal, at Wentworth Grange where I now have four mares. She has already been named Ninkasi after the goddess of beer, thanks to a little bit of research from my daughter-in-law. It's good to keep the line going and name her after one of the better Elixirs".

"She missed last year to Tavistock at $15,000 and is booked to go back but this time around at $65,000, but it will be a three-quarter blood relation to Sacred Elixir."

The Australian Derby winner Tavago is out of a Stravinsky mare out of a Zabeel mare also, so it's a proven mating.

De Gruchy also has one mare in Australia, Caffeina, a winning Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) daughter of Mocha – another of unraced daughter of Zabeel and Horlicks – and she is in foal to Nicconi (AUS)

"I went to Nicconi specifically to breed her back to Froth. She is the fifth dam of both Caffeina and Nicconi.

"Horlicks traces back to Froth through her daughter Frill (by Agricola[GB]) who is the dam of Malt (by Moss Trooper[USA]) the dam of Horlicks."

Nicconi (ex Nicola Lass [AUS]) a dual Group One winner in Australia, and a son of the successful sire Bianconi(USA), goes back to Froth through Frivole (by Le Filou [GB]) his fourth dam. Frivole is the stakes placed winning dam of the Group One winner Sealegs (Three Legs [GB]), and the Group Two winner Frivolous Lass (In The Purple [FR]), who is the dam of the successful sire and stakes winner Wild Rampage (Bletchingly[AUS]) and his winning full sister Dubai Lass(AUS) the grand dam of Nicconi.

"It is fantastic to get another Group One winner, and this horse looks pretty exciting. As a young breeder here in Hawke's Bay, I had great aspirations of breeding a champion as we all do, and I was lucky enough to get one out of the box and a beautiful mare at that. She exceeded our expectations on the race track and we are lucky she produced a bunch of fillies, and that they have able to breed on. Through her daughters her memory lives on," de Gruchy concluded with a touch of pride.





 

This product has been added to your cart

CHECKOUT