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Advance Attack - A sire of real promise

09:03 AM 18 Jun 2014 NZST
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Advance Attack
Advance Attack - In New Zealand prior to been sold to Australian Interests

From the time he first stepped onto a racetrack, Advance Attack had huge boots to fill. After all he was  a full brother to the harness racing champion juvenile Courage Under Fire 1:54.2 ($1,551,941). He was also such a good looking individual and he was in the best stable in New Zealand at Mark Purdons.

And for a while it looked like he might fulfill those expectations held for him.

As a two year old he won his first seven starts including such time honoured classics as the Sapling Stakes and the Welcome Stakes and he ran time as well, rating 1:57.3 over 1950m.

His last couple of runs at two looked well down on his previous displays and he was spelled with a view to bringing him back at three.

He was to have seven more runs in New Zealand  at three, winning three with his best run an unlucky second in the $125,000 Great Northern Derby where he was beaten just a neck.

It was at this point he was sold to Australian interests and while he was to win a further 18 races and compete in most of the major classics in Australia, one always felt he had never really reached the level he had promised too as a juvenile.

Ending up in Perth at the end of his career, he retired from the track the winner of 28 races for stakes totaling $406,094.

At this point his full brother Courage Under Fire  had established  himself as one of Australasia's elite sires with a string of high class colts and fillies.

At last count he had gone on to sire 521 winners for stakes totaling $15,997,128 in Australasia.

So on retirement from the track with his pedigree and race performance being so good, it was decided to give Advance Attack his chance at stud.

Expectations weren't that high as he settled in at Henty Brooks Standardbreds farm in Western Australia.

A fee of $1500 GST included was settled on but he was hardly rushed with mares even at that fee.

Serving just nine mares, he ended up with eight foals which are two years old in the current season and if this small crop is any indication of his siring ability then he is in for some very busy seasons in the years ahead.

His flag bearer is undoubtedly Persistent Threat 1:57.6 ($81,725) who has won five of six to date including the Group 1 $100,000 Sales Classic.

Three more of the eight two year olds have also raced including the Gary Hall trained filly, Massive Attack 1:57.4 ($11,600) who has won two from three to date and Sheza Red Hot ( $3,700) who was a close up fifth in the Group 1 Sales Classic at just her second start.

When you look at the dams of his two winners to date, they both come from good New Zealand families but not ones that have been that successful lately.

After such a poor start numbers wise in year one, Advance Attack was not made available in year two and so has no yearlings waiting to race next year.

However on the back of some promising reports about his yearlings, Advance Attack served 20 mares the next season which has resulted in a crop on the ground of 12 weanlings at present.

While Advance Attack may never reach the heights of his full brother Courage Under Fire in the siring ranks, it is also apparent that he has plenty to offer as a stallion.

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