Monday, March 29, 2010


Although he departed this mortal coil in the first weeks of 2002, Snippets was a hugely influential sire in the ‘noughties’, producing 55 stakes winners throughout his illustrious career.
Given that there was only a handful of ‘bulls’ among his Group One winners, the most prominent among his legacy is the Champion NZ Sire, Pins.
The continuation of that ‘line’ would then appear to be a little shaky as runners from his last crop are now 7YOs, however, Snippets will almost assuredly live on well into this and the next decade via his daughters.
As a broodmare sire, Snippets has few peers: 550 winners at 65%, 46 stakes winners, five at Group One level, including recent VRC Newmarket Handicap winner Wanted.
Throw in a Snippets mare, mix it with a sprinkle of Danehill and voila … the perfect recipe: Wanted, Magnus, Snitzel, Crytal Lily, Wilander etc.
According to Sue Ormsby at the Australian Stud Book, there are just six stallions at stud in Australia who are out of Snippets mares: Magnus, Snitzel, Warhead, Stockade, Exceedingly Good and Husson Lightning.
Four are by Danehill line stallions: Magnus (Flying Spur), Snitzel and Stockade (Redoute’s Choice) and Exceedingly Good (Exceed and Excel).
Two are Group One winning sprinters: Magnus (below) and Snitzel.
Snitzel is Australia’s leading first season sire with six winners.
Magnus’ oldest crop are weanlings … watch this space.

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