Day At The Track

Christian Cullen's service fee reduced

05:36 AM 19 Jul 2012 NZST
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Christian Cullen
Christian Cullen
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All but one of Wai-Eyre Farm's stallions will be available at the same stud fee as it was last season. The only change lies with the leading Canterbury stud's flagship sire himself, Christian Cullen, who heads into the 2012/13 harness racing season with a $12,000 price tag.

This time last year, Cullen's fee was set at $15,000 but then reduced to $13,500 as the season got underway, thanks to Wai-Eyre's Farm Manager Darryl Brown and principal client Ian Dobson wanting to ‘do their bit' for breeders in a difficult economic climate.

That same commitment to Wai-Eyre's valued clients has been reinforced once again this season with the announcement that all other stud fees are remaining the same, for the second year in a row.

The line-up at Wai-Eyre does have a slightly different look to it for 2012/13 though, as the Global Stallion Management-owned sires Stonebridge Regal and Shark Gesture aren't coming back to New Zealand at this stage, but the ranks will be boosted by the return of Peruvian Hanover.

The latter, one of four stallions in Wai-Eyre's barn which is owned by Noel Kennard, has been brought out of semi-retirement due to the sparkling results of his progeny over the last 12 to 18 months and gives breeders yet another option at the very affordable fee of $2000.

Kennard's other sires are Klondike Kid, who's underway after leaving the promising 2-year-old pacing winner Lilly Jones from his first small crop and will once again be available at $2000; Monkey Bones, who did even better when his first crop contained the likes of 2-year-old trotting winners Bonechip and Millicent and will once again serve a limited number of mares at the asking price of $2500; and The Pres, a richly-bred son of Andover Hall and a Valley Victory mare who heads into his third season at $3250 after attracting well over a hundred quality mares thus far.

The other pacing sire options at Wai-Eyre are both sons of the incomparable Christian Cullen, namely Ohoka Arizona ($2500) and Gotta Go Cullen ($4000).

Ohoka Arizona's oldest crop will turn two next month, and the excitement about his progeny continues to build because numerous trainers have put sons and daughters of his in the cart and report that they're displaying more than their fair share of natural ability.

Gotta Go Cullen is in the same boat as far as his oldest crop are concerned, and after his colt Got A Beauty topped this year's Christchurch Sales at $100,000 he proved that he's following in the same hoofsteps as his own sire and leaving youngsters that look the goods.

Wai-Eyre's line-up is completed by the world's number one trotting stallion Angus Hall, sire of over 620 winners and more than $71 million in stakes to date, who'll be available to discerning breeders at a fee that'll be advised in due course.

There are ‘incentive packages' applicable to all Wai-Eyre stallions this season.

Christian Cullen winning the 1998 Miracle Mile:

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