Day At The Track

EMERGENCE HAS BEEN SPECTACULAR

10:35 AM 08 Jul 2005 NZST
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Tinted Cloud
Tinted Cloud - An exciting young sire
It is interesting to note that Tinted Cloud and Christian Cullen have both sired Derby winners from their first crops,’’ House said. That would strongly suggest that In The Pocket’s influence is to be perpetuated at stud by his sons.’’

An exciting young sire is emerging on the Canterbury harness racing scene.

Race goers at Addington tonight (Friday 8 July) had that message rammed home to them time after time.

His name is Tinted Cloud and his representatives are running hot.

Take for example the outcome to race four, the Robert Harris Coffee Pace, (2600 metres).

Believe it or not, three of the sire’s first crop 3 Year Old sons, General Maximus, If By Chance and Took A Punt, provided the successful trifecta combination.

Stud master Michael House, who stands In The Pocket’s fastest son at stud at Double E Farm, West Melton, had further cause to celebrate as the successful trainer and driver of the winner who scored at odds of 49 to one.

The hot siring trifecta followed on from John Hay winning the opening event, the Romano’s Mobile Pace, with another first crop son Barometer.

Not to be outdone, Cran Dalgety then climbed onto the Tinted Cloud bandwagon with another first crop son Chief Red Cloud to post his fourth career success in the Cadbury Mobile Pace.

There was no getting away from it: The night certainly belonged to Tinted Cloud whose emergence has been spectacular, to say the least, as his late developing 3 year Olds go from strength to strength.

“They are lovely big, fast and good gaited young horses who are developing stamina with maturity and experience,’’ House enthused last night.

House, incidentally, may have some exciting news for breeders next week as he contemplates introducing an appealing two for one bonus offer to attract a bigger court of mares next season.

“He got 170 mares the first season and, while there was the odd intermittent nice mare among them, the overall quality was not that flash to be honest,’’ he said.

ouse said the sire then served diminishing courts of 120, 80, 50 and 40 odd this past season.

House pointed out that Richard Henry, developed by Ken Dixon and John Hay, triumphed in the West Australia Derby in May as further evidence of the worth of the sire’s late maturing 3 year Olds.

House also pointed to another son of In The Pocket in super stud Christian Cullen siring the NZ and NSW Derby winners respectively last season in Likmesiah and Roman Gladiator.

“It is interesting to note that Tinted Cloud and Christian Cullen have both sired Derby winners from their first crops,’’ House said. That would strongly suggest that In The Pocket’s influence is to be perpetuated at stud by his sons.’’

Tinted Cloud stood the past season at $1250 plus GST which represented bargain value in view of his spectacular emergence on the autumn and winter circuit.

The sire has certainly taken the scene by storm in recent weeks and is going from strength to strength.

House has always held the highest faith in Tinted Cloud.

“He and I have climbed out of the gutter together,’’ House humbly observed.

“He is such a great sire to work with _ he will give you a bucket of semen every second day and that is another reason why I would like to get him more mares to take advantage of that propensity.’’

Wayne Parsons, stable foreman for House, is the owner-breeder of tonight’s plucky winner General Maximus.

Parsons suffered nasty injuries when kicked by a young horse and has spent the last six months on ACC. General Maximum certainly provided him with a get well tonic tonight.

House said General Maximus won the “War of Retrition’’ tonight by digging deep after doing plenty of work in the competitively run race in which no prisoners were taken.

It was no place for the faint hearted as the winner was three wide without cover from the 900.

By Don Wright

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