Day At The Track

Monarchy - Out of Sundon's shadow

07:05 AM 17 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Monarchy - total stakes closing in on $4,000,000
Monarchy now out of Sundon's shadow
Prime Power - A son of Monarchy
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Royal Aspirations - A son of Monarchy
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This great looking son of Balanced Image, one of the all time great trotting sires in North America is slowly but surely gaining the respect from breeders that his record says he deserves.

Even though Monarchy won 11 races and took a mark of 1:56:2, you wouldn't say he was a star on the track.

What he did have was great looks - gait - -and a lovely pedigree. At the time he was imported, no sons of the  leading trotting sire in the world at the time in Balanced Image were at stud in NZ.

He was imported by Roydon Lodge to stand alongside their champion trotting sire Sundon. And there was the greatest hurdle that Monarchy had to face. Sundon got the larger books and by far the better quality mares and as a result Monarchy struggled to establish himself in his initial years at stud. In his first four years he served just 129 mares.  

So it was up to those initial small crops to establish Monarchy as a sire.

With the arrival of Sovereignty as a three year old, Monarchy showed that he could produce those top of the line trotters that every breeder is searching for. And Sovereignty went on with it as a older horse with his stakes earnings now in excess of $716,000.

Numerous top liners followed in the form of Stylish Monarch $492,000  King Charlie $236.000  Prince Harry $113,000 and Kylie Ree $112,000.

Sundon was still king but Monarchy was closing the gap. And with his first crop of any size which raced as three-year-olds last season, Monarchy has truly arrived.

He produced three horses from that crop who earn't in excess of $100,000 by the end of their three year old season which is an outstanding achievement with the lack of opportunities and stakes for young trotters in NZ compared to their pacing counterparts.

Royal Aspirations $229,000  Prime Power $125,000 and Sheemon $118,000 have flown the flag for Monarchy with real style.

The three of them have started their four year old campaigns as they finished their three year old campaigns with each of them recording outstanding wins recently.

Sheemon opening his season by smashing the track record at Timaru followed by Royal Aspirations winning his first start for the season by six lengths over The Fiery Ginga and company at Geraldine and Prime Power is unbeaten in three this season, his last win at Auckland over two of the better open class trotters in NZ in  Stent and Boizel.

All three look headed for the grand circuit in a hurry. And being by a son of Balanced Image is a bonus as it is sire line that is renowned for leaving stock that get better with age.

With total stakes closing in on $4,000,000, Monarchy is at last throwing off that shadow that Sundon has cast  on him for so long.

JC

This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia.

Elsu - Redemption awaits

McArdle - The quiet achiever

Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up!

Major In Art - Big and fast

Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion

Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed

Monkey Bones - All class

Tinted Cloud - Still going strong

Real Desire - The real deal

Washington VC - Continuing excellence

Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire

Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood

 

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