Mike & Diane Heenan of Trouble Lodge were sad to have to say goodbye to Brylin Boyz who was recently sold to Queensland. But, there is sun at the end of the rainbow for the Methven couple.
“We have bought a new stallion,” said Mike Heenan. “But it was a sad day when Brylin left as he was a bit of a family pet.”
“We had him for about eight years and he was a lovely old horse.”
Brylin Boyz sired a number of nice trotters during his time in New Zealand including Awesome Imace, Extasia, Feather’s Flight, Lanez Luck, Springfield Hero and Zealous Lady. But Heenan said that Shezoneoftheboyz was undoubtedly the best.
“She could have been absolutely anything.” Heenan said when asked about the 2010 New Zealand Trotting Derby winner.
“Brylin Boyz is going to be the only trotting sire in his area so he should get a few mares. They are really starting to get into their trotting over there.”
Heenan’s new stallion is Superfast Stuart, who won 15 races and ran 31 places in 128 raceday starts in America. He earned $279,347 in his career and clocked a time of 1:54.2
“He was a very good racehorse, but it was his breeding that really got me.”
“I started reading about his sire Kadabra, and became very fascinated in him.”
“He was an absolute champion racehorse who has gone on to be a champion sire.”
As a racehorse, Kadabra enjoyed incredible success, winning 25 of
36 lifetime starts for earnings in excess of $2.1 million. His wins included the Canadian Trotting Classic and the Breeders Crown. But, he missed out on racing in The Hambletonian through a missed payment.
His progeny include current World-beating three-year-old filly Bee A Magician (1:51) who recently made it thirteen wins on end.
Superfast Stuart’s dam, Great Expectations (Garland Lobell) was also no slouch notching up 10 wins and $209,824.
Superfast Stuart will stand at a reduced fee of $1,250 plus GST.
“We could have easily stood him for more but we understand the current breeding climate and we wanted to give him a chance of getting good numbers on the ground,” Heenan offered.
“He will be a complete outcross to most of the mares here, so there will be plenty of options for him in that respect.”
Superfast Stuart is set to touch down in New Zealand in mid-October.
“He is booked on the same flight as Alabar’s Betterthancheddar, so they will both get off to a bit of a late start.”
By Mitchell Robertson