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Changeover sires first 2yo qualifier of the season

08:09 PM 19 Sep 2013 NZST
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Changeover served almost 600 mares in his first three seasons

Champion pacer Changeover has sired the first official NZ 2-year-old qualifier of the season with the David Mitchell trained filly Carisma winning a qualifying trial by six lengths at Oamaru on the 7th of September, running home in 59.3 seconds.

The precocious youngster is from the first crop of Changeover, who remains NZ’s highest ever stakes winning entire with earnings of more than $2.4 million, six Group 1’s and two Listed Harness Jewels Emeralds to his credit.  

Bred by Nevele R, Carisma is out of the broodmare gem Joyrock (by Caprock), dam of six winners from seven foals of racing age, including the Group 1 NZ Free For All winner and $500,000 earner Waipawa Lad.

The feedback that we’ve had on his first crop progeny has been nothing short of sensational to date with breeders, breakers and trainers all delighted with his stock and phrases such as “the best  I’ve ever broken in”, “something special”, “beautifully gaited”, “terrific temperaments”, “can’t fault them” and “has the x-factor” being regularly bandied about.   

Having served almost 600 mares in his first three seasons and been very warmly received at the Yearling Sales in February, Changeover will have every opportunity to succeed at stud and given that the only other millionaire sons of In The Pocket down-under happen to be the siring phenoms Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire we have every confidence that he will. 

In terms of suitable broodmares for him, anything by a No Nukes line sire is going to a be a terrific match, with a good proportion of the 2yo’s being tipped out by their trainers as being their best Changeover, being out of Badlands Hanover and Live Or Die mares. Other mares bred this way include daughters of Union Guy, Caprock, Red River Hanover, Rustler Hanover and Village Jasper.

Falcon Seelster mares and mares by his sire sons McArdle and Elsu are also a good option, with the filly Mighty Medley, out of a McArdle mare, an August workout winner at Winton when still a yearling.

Like with other Direct Scooter line stallions, mares by Albatross (Holmes Hanover, Soky’s Hanover) and Cam Fella line sires (Bettor’s Delight, Washington VC, Presidential Ball) should also suit.


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