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Mongolian Khan - New Zealand Breeding Background

Although foaled in Tasmania, owned in China, by a shuttle sire, the interesting fact is that the first ten dams of brilliant Caulfield Cup winner
Mongolian Khan are all New Zealand bred.

MONGOLIAN KHAN (AUS) Foaled 2011 (10-d)

Mongolian Khan (AUS) by Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) - Centafit (NZ), by Centaine (AUS) -
Galopede (NZ), by Three Legs (GB) - Regal Step (NZ), by Imperial March (CAN) -
Aristocracy (NZ), by Agricola (GB) - Ma Reine (NZ), by Faux Tirage (GB) - Excellency (NZ),
by Salmagundi (GB) - Rodeur (NZ), by Robespierre (GB) - Tripaway (NZ), by Archery (GB) -
Killiney (NZ), by Kilbroney (GB) - Nithsevo (NZ).

CENTAFIT (unraced) dam of Young Centaur (Jeune) 7 wins, 2008 Wellington Cup, Group 1,
Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor) 8 wins, ARC 2015 New Zealand Derby, Group 1,
ATC 2015 Australian Derby, Group 1, MRC 2015 Caulfield Cup.

GALOPEDE (unplaced) dam of Centalong - Super Fit (HK), 10 wins, Hong Kong Derby, HK 1,

REGAL STEP (placed) dam of Regal Krona (Krona) 11 wins 2002/2003 Avondale Cup, Group 1.

ARISTOCRACY (unraced) dam of Prince Of All (Oncidium) 2 wins, South Australian Derby, Group 1.

MA REINE (11 wins) dam of Disa (Oncidium) 1 win, and dam of Unspoken Word (Mr Illusion - Disa)
9 wins, VRC Gadsden Stakes (Darley Classic), Group 1.

EXCELLENCY (16 wins) 1949 CJC New Zealand Cup, Group 1.

RODEUR (10 wins) RRC Aparima Handicap

TRIPAWAY (7 wins) CJC Russley Plate.

KILLINEY (4 wins) DJC Domain Handicap, Clarendon Handicap.

NITHSEVO (unraced) dam of Charleville (Charlemagne), and dam of Windbag (Magpie - Charleville),
18 wins, 1925 VRC Melbourne Cup, 2 miles, carrying 9st. 2lb. in race record time of 3 min. 22.75 sec.
Loquacious (Magpie - Charleville) 7 wins, AJC Metropolitan Handicap, Adrian Knox Stakes, and dam
of Feminist (Pantheon - Loquacious) 9 wins, AJC Metropolitan Handicap. Loquacious was the grandam
of Sakuntala (Bulandshar - Roman Scandal) 5 wins, Canterbury JC New Zealand Oaks.

In 1935 Mr.W.T.(Tom) Oliver, of Fairfax, in Western Southland, purchased Rodeur after two unplaced starts
as a two-year-old from Mr.L.W. Storry, of Christchurch, and thus began the Mongolian Khan story.

Trained at Riverton throughout her career Rodeur won ten races, Southland RC Flying Handicap, Short's Handicap,
Riverton RC Aparima Handicap, Farewell Handicap, 9 wins for trainer R.(Bob) McNay, and one win for trainer
A. (Andy) McKay.


At stud her first foal was Faithful Pal, 9 1/2 wins, CJC Craven Plate, then followed Excellency, 16 wins, the best racemare ever to be trained in Southland.

Excellency was unbeaten in five starts as a two-year-old, Dunedin JC McLean Stakes, Winton Stakes,
Canterbury JC Welcome Stakes, Pioneer Handicap, Dunedin JC Champagne Stakes. In the Welcome
Stakes at Riccarton Excellency beat the leading North Island filly Lady Christine (Christopher Robin)
by four lengths.

Excellency had eleven starts as a three-year-old for 4 wins, 3 seconds, 1 third, Dunedin JC Publican's
Handicap, James Hazlett Gold Cup, weight-for-age with penalties, 1 mile, defeating Irish Note (Irish
Lancer) and Wantwood (Salmagundi) both previous winners of the Canterbury JC Stewards' Handicap,
Canterbury JC Middle Park Plate, 1 mile, for three-year-old fillies, by twenty lengths, Wellington RC
North Island Challenge Stakes, weight-for-age, over 7 furlongs.

Excellency had another successful season as a four-year-old, with 5 wins, 3 seconds, 1 third, from
10 starts. First up Excellency won the Dunedin JC Telegraph Handicap. On the death of her trainer
Andy McKay prior to her engagement in the James Hazlett Gold Cup, Excellency was transferred
to Invercargill trainer F.W.(Fred) Ellis, and won the feature event at Wingatui.

At her last two starts for the season Excellency won the Canterbury JC Tasman Stakes, 1 mile,
weight-for-age, and four days later won her first staying test over 1 1/2 miles.

When trained by Andy McKay, Excellency's maximum distance was 1 mile, but in under 4 months
(116 days), Fred Ellis in an outstanding training feat developed Excellency into a stayer. His previous
success with stayers included Royal Lancer (Irish Lancer), 1942 Canterbury JC New Zealand Cup,
2 miles, Eriskay (Salmagundi) Dunedin JC 1948 Dunedin Centennial Cup 1 3/4 miles, and Salmon
Spear (Salmagundi), Canterbury JC 1950/1951 Sockburn Handicap, 1 1/2 miles.

In her last season of racing the five-year-old Excellency recorded 2 wins, 1 second, from 5 starts,
Southland RC Southland Handicap, 1 mile 3 furlongs, and 1949 Canterbury JC New Zealand Cup,
2 miles, carrying top-weight of 8st. 11lb. Excellency during her career recorded 16 wins, 7 seconds, and 2 thirds, from 31 starts.

At stud Excellency was the dam of 6 foals to race, all winners. Te Parae (Agricola) 16 wins, South
Australian Oaks, Port Adelaide Guineas, Adelaide Birthday Cup, 2nd. Adelaide Guineas, PARC
Sires Produce Stakes, VRC Gibson-Carmichael Stakes, 3rd. Adelaide Cup, VRC Wakeful Stakes,
Ma Reine (Faux Tirage) 11 wins, WRC Telegraph Handicap, Group 2, CJC Steward's Handicap,
Group 3, Wyndham Cup, STC Flying Handicap, VRC Farewell Handicap, 2nd. WRC Metropolitan
Handicao, Group 3, DJC James Hazlett Gold Cup, 3rd. AJC Villiers Stakes, Group 3, CJC Churchill
Stakes, WRC Hutt Handicap (twice).

Shahwan (Pherozshah) 11 wins, DJC Dunedin Guineas and J.B.Reid Cup, Champagne Stakes,
James Hazlett Gold Cup, weight-for-age and penalties, WRC Harcourt Stakes, weight-for-age,
CJC Champagne Stakes, Challenge Stakes, Ashburton CRC John Grigg Stakes, Bastille (Faux
Tirage) 8 wins, VRC Braybook Handicap, 3rd. MVRC Moonee Valley Cup, Rifleman (Wyandank)
5 wins, Marquette (Wyandank) 1 win.

Salmagundi the sire of Excellency stood at Mr.A. Chisholm's Glentruin Stud, Otautau, Southland, and left many good staying horses including Aurora Australis (Invercargill Cup, twice, including dead-heat),

Excellency (New Zealand Cup, CJC Sockburn Handicap) Macedoine (Wellington Racing Club Handicap), Miss Medley (New Zealand Oaks, Canterbury Cup), Piastre (Auckland Cup, WRC Autumn Handicap), Prawns, (Invercargill Cup, Dunedin Cup, Wellington Cup, dead-heat), Salmon Spear (CJC Sockburn Handicap, twice), Saludos (Manawatu Cup), St Bruno (CJC New Zealand Derby), Spare Part (Invercargill Cup, Wellington Cup), Signal Officer (Invercargill Cup, Canterbury Cup, CJC Metropolitan Handicap, WRC Autumn Handicap), Silver Sal (Dunedin Cup), The Grate (WRC Autumn Handicap).

Mr Oliver bred Excellency and Ma Reine. On retirement Ma Reine was purchased by Mrs.Nancy Williams of Te Parae Stud, Masterton, from Mr.D. (Duncan) McFarlane, of Christchurch, and bred Aristocracy, while her sons Tom and Richard bred Regal Step, Galopede and Centafit.

Mongolian Khan belongs to the Bruce Lowe family10-d which includes Group 1 winners Brew, Con Air, Fair Chance, Froth, Fumicino, General Nediym, Horlicks, Intersteller, Laelia, La Neige, Military Plume, Monaco Consul. Nicconi, Niconero, Sea Legs, Silver Sharpe, Voleur and Zip Zip Aray.


- Michael Bayley


 

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