Changeover's first crop making an impact

02:01 PM 29 Aug 2014 NZST
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Changeover having banner year with first crop of foals racing

Changeover 1:53.4 ($2,404,473), New Zealand's richest ever harness racing stallion and the winner of 19 Group and Listed races, has left some smart two-year-olds from his first crop in both NZ and Australia.

In his first season he produced 151 foals in New Zealand and he has been represented by 43 qualifiers and 28 starters from that crop, 13 of which won including Controversial (1:57.1), the winner of three races including a Queensland Breeders Crown heat, fellow Breeders Crown finalist Beaudiene Bill, Prince Of Pops 1:59.8 (3 wins), Change The Rulz, an Addington winner in 1:58.9; promising Victorian winner Big Spending Telf; and Cambio, who won the  Listed Yearling Sales Series NHT Final at its only start at Auckland.

Another of Changeover's first NZ crop in Nuala, who is a filly from the Live Or Die mare Forever Blue, established an all aged track record at Oamaru, rating 1:58.8 for 2000 metres.

At her first start on Australian soil Nuala blitzed her rivals at Pinjarra (WA), running her last 800 in 56.4 seconds.

The Paul Kerr trained Oneover competed with real distinction in several of NZ's feature juvenile events and was placed third behind Alta Orlando in the Group 2 NZ Welcome Stakes.

He looks like he will develop into a very nice three-year-old.

Changeover was clearly NZ's leading first-season sire based on individual winners and stakemoney and he was the third leading overall sire of two-year-old winners.

In Australia, Changeover produced 29 foals from his first crop racing as two-year-olds and he has achieved an excellent 44 percent winners-to-starters percentage ratio.

With a 13.8 percent winners-to-foals strike rate, Changeover is second only to Sportswriter (19.4%) on the first-season percentage sires' list.

Of nine foals to have raced, four have won and another two have been placed including the Vicbred Super Series and Home Grown Classic heat winner Licinia; the Albion Park winner Chang; Grace Campbell, a Launceston winner and runner-up in the Group 3 Evicus; and Glenferrie Boss, a 1:59.1 Victorian winner.

Changeover, a son of champion sire In The Pocket and the Vance Hanover mare Chaangerr and from the maternal family of Chokin, Fly Like An Eagle and co, is lining up for his fifth season at Nevele R Stud, Christchurch.

Courtesy Of Nevele R Stud

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