One of the great difficulties that faces some harness racing sires as they go to stud is how they cope with expectations that have been raised for the sire by the performance and reputation of a sibling that is already established in the stallion ranks.
Such are the hurdles that Julius Caesar has faced throughout his siring career.
A smart performer at two in just four starts which included a great run for second in the $25,000 Sapling Stakes in 1:57.2, Julius Caesar's race career was curtailed at that point by injury.
Due to the fact that Julius Caesar is a full brother to the champion racehorse and sire Christian Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,249,150) meant that Julius Caesar was given a chance in the stallion barn when injury cut short his career.
The issue for any young stallion in his initial years is not just the number of mares served but just as important is the quality of those mares he covers.
Julius Caesar's connections decided to stand him at a low fee of $2,000 which surprised many people and discounts were available which meant although he got the numbers, the quality of the mares served was sadly lacking.
While Julius Caesar left a lot of nice horses in New Zealand, he quickly made a reputation as a good solid middle of the road stallion but just a notch below the very best.
Even though he left 120 winners in New Zealand, after six years at stud he was starting to struggle for mares and the decision was made to sell him to Australia.
His appeal to Australian breeders was obvious as while his sons and daughters had done a good job in New Zealand, the numerous horses exported to Australia had done a great job of promoting their sire across the Tasman.
Led by the Grand Circuit performer Gaius Caesar 1:51.6 ($477,751) who won the 2013 Group1 $200,000 Len Smith Mile at Menangle, the stock of Julius Caesar have laid a platform for the sire to join the stallion ranks in Australia.
Gaius Caesar was joined by horses of the class of Our Chain Of Command 1:55.4 ($259,019) Emperor Montana 1:54.9 ($210,183) Julias Song 1:52.4 ($192,859) Caesar Supreme 1:54.3 ($157,401) and Toretto 1:55.4 ($153,390) to name just a few of his smart performers and you can see why Australian breeders embraced the son of In The Pocket when he arrived in Australia.
As of today the stock of Julius Caesar have won $3,097,460 in Australia to date.
Add in $2,154,418 from New Zealand and Julius Caesar is starting to establish himself as a really successful sire.
Standing for $3000+Gst, Julius Caesar covered 126 mares in his first season in Australia which resulted in 83 foals which are racing as two year olds in the 2013/2014 season.
As of today Julius Caesar has had 13 starters for five winners for stakes totaling $100,639 which is a good start to his siring career in Australia.
The star performer is undoubtedly Mister Wickham 1:55.9 ($44,725) who looks a classic horse in the making in his short career to date.
With breeders keeping the faith in him by sending 78 mares in year two and 92 in year three, Julius Caesar looks to have been given a great opportunity to establish himself in the highly competitive Australian stallion market.
Gaius Caesar winning The Len Smith Mile