Internationally recognised pedigree expert, Alan Porter – of Pedigree Consultants – has penned an in depth profile on each of Eliza Park’s 11 stallions for the 2010 season.
Authoring racing and breeding analyses for three decades (during which time he has planned matings for leading breeders throughout the world), Alan has contributed to leading thoroughbred publications throughout the world and written three books on racing, including Patterns of Greatness. Founder of Pedigree Consultants and, with Byron Rogers, co-developer and part owner of True Nicks, Alan has also consulted on breedings resulting in more than 100 stakes winners to date.
The following is an introduction to Eliza Park’s stallion analyses, while the individual profiles are available by visiting the relevant stallion pages – click here.
In writing the summaries for the Eliza Park Stud stallions, it was clear that a very interesting team has been assembled for 2010. It was particularly noticeable that the stallions offer plenty of options for mares from established Australian sire lines, and male lines and broodmare sires that represent more recent importations.
As one would expect, the Danehill line is well represented, including through a grade one winning son of that sire (Shinzig), through a Champion 2YO grandson (Bushranger) and through grade one winners by his two most outstanding Australian sire sons, Redoute’s Choice (God’s Own) – now fast emerging as a sire of sires – and Flying Spur (Magnus). This impressive array of Danehill line horses includes Wanted, grade one winning son of the horse that looks set to challenge Redoute’s Choice as Danehill’s heir, Fastnet Rock, and Sharkbite, a Redoute’s Choice son from an outstanding international family.
Encosta de Lago has been vying with Redoute’s Choice to establish himself as Australia’s leading sire and he’s represented at Eliza Park by Delago Brom, a grade one winner and graded stakes sire. From another branch of the Northern Dancer line, Royal Academy’s son, Bel Esprit, is a grade one sire, who is establishing himself as Australia’s leading Nijinsky II line sire.
The mighty Storm Cat is bred on very similar lines to Royal Academy, and it would be hard to find a better bred Storm Cat son than Statue of Liberty, who is half-brother to U.S. Champion and prolific graded stakes sire, Lemon Drop Kid, and out of a three-parts-sister to U.S. Horse of the Year and Champion Sire, A.P. Indy. He has established himself as an exciting young sire, and already has three stakes winners out of mares from the all-pervading Danzig line.
Another Eliza Park stallion that has proven his ability to get a graded winner when crossed over the Danzig line is Clangalang. He is from a uniquely Australian branch of the Mr. Prospector line, and with the unique AJC Derby (Gr. I) – Epsom Handicap (Gr. I) double to his credit, Clangalang must rank as one of the best Mr. Prospector line horses to have raced in Australia.
Last but certainly not least is, Written Tycoon, a Group Two winner of the Todman Stakes at two, whose sire Iglesia demonstrated a clear affinity with Star Kingdom line mares.