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Third-crop sires shine in weekend racing

Stravinsky, sire of Avondale Guineas G2 winner Pulcinella

Stravinsky, sire of Avondale Guineas G2 winner Pulcinella
Only eight stallions that began stud duties in 2000 were still advertised in the NZTBA's Stallion Register five years later, but two of them, Waikato Stud's Pins and Cambridge Stud shuttler Stravinsky, are enjoying an excellent season in Australia and New Zealand. Up to 27 November Pins was sixth and Stravinsky 14th on the NZ General Sires' table (by earnings) and both sires have significantly boosted their New Zealand records since then.

Pins (Snippets-No Finer by Kaoru Star) is proving even more versatile at stud than he was on the racetrack with four winners from 1200 to 2400 metres in the past two days. His four-year-old daughters Grace (ex Clara Duthie by Imperial Seal) and Celtic Rose (ex Sly One by O'Reilly) won over 2400 and 1400 metres respectively at Trentham. Two fillies from Pins' second crop were also successful, Legs (ex River Century by Centaine) in a 1200-metre maiden at Woodville yesterday, and Sabayon (ex Cajun Affair by Tights) with a sustained finishing run over 2000 metres at Avondale on Saturday.

These followed the easy victory by four-year-old gelding Run Like The Wind (Pins-Gin Player by Defensive Play; bred by the Estate of the late Neil Waddell) in last Wednesday's AvJC Concorde H. 1200m G2.

Pins now has seven stakeswinners (4.0%) from the 173 foals in his first two crops, including two at Group One level in Australia, Econsul last year, and El Segundo this spring.

Stravinsky (Nureyev-Fire The Groom by Blushing Groom) added a Group win to his season tally when his three-year-old daughter Pulcinella (ex Shall We Dance by Dance Floor; bred and raced by M.C.K. & Mrs P.P.S. Liao) proved too good for the boys in the Avondale Guineas 1600m G2. The filly had previously won the ARC Eclipse S. G3 at two.

Stravinsky has sired 12 stakeswinners (5.9%) from the 203 foals in his first two New Zealand crops, among them two Group One winners, Keeninsky and this year's VRC Oaks winner Serenade Rose.


Thanks as always to Arion Pedigrees for pedigree, performance and statistical data.


- Susan Archer