Julius Caesar to stand at Mountainview

09:42 PM 21 Jul 2010 NZST
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Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar, one of the emerging stars of the New Zealand siring ranks, has been bought a syndicate of Australian and New Zealand harness racing breeders and will stand stud in Victoria this season.

The royally-bred son of In The Pocket will be located at the Mountainview Stud, Ballarat, of Shane Murphy, which also plays host to the USA imports Moon Beam and Lawman and the colonial bred It Is I.

The service fee for Julius Caesar will be $2,200 including GST (off farm).

Julius Caesar, foaled in 2000, was injured after only four starts - as a two-year-old when he took a record of 1:57.5 (placed). He ranks as a brother to siring sensation Christian Cullen, who has been the leading NZ sire for four of the last five years.

An upstanding, young horse of 15.3 hands, Julius Caesar is already well on his way to proving a success in the siring field with his first racing crops.

To date he has been represented by 40 individual winners and they have amassed more than $950,000 in stakes between them.

He is currently ranked fourth on the NZ four-year-old Sires Premiership (winners) behind only Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire and Live Or Die and ahead of top sires such as Mach Three, McArdle, Presidential Ball and Falcon Seelster.

His oldest stock are four-years-old, but he has a large crop of rising two-year-olds when standing in Christchurch to represent him in the future.

Interestingly, Julius Caesar provided three finalists - Reklaw's Chance, Romulus and Julius Bardon - in this year's $150,000 Messenger - NZ's premier four-year-old classic

-- to be the most represented sire in the Group 1 event.

Perhaps the best of his progeny is Napoleon Dynamite, a winner of eight races in NZ to date and $73,225 in stakes. Reklaw's Chance (8 wins and $78,711), Romulus 1:55.7 (7 wins), Smooth Julius 1:58.6 (5 wins), Silver Ranger 1:59.1 (7 wins) and Steph's Caesar 1:59.4 (6 NZ wins), who finished a close second in 1:58 at his Australian debut at Tabcorp Park, have been other good performers sired by Julius Caesar.

A number of Julius Caesar's progeny have been sold to Australian interests where they have gone on to develop good form.

They include the metropolitan winners Our Chain Of Command 1:56.8 and Julias Song (both Tabcorp Park), Hope Riley 1:56.7 (Harold Park), Caesar Supreme 1:56.7(Albion Park) and Barn Burster (Gloucester Park), Captain Dale 1:59, winner of the Mildura Guineas, Gaius Caesar 1:55.7 (3 Vic. wins) and Our Titus 1:58.5 (9 wins).

Julius Caesar, who represents the famed male line of Volomite and coming from the prolific family of Pride of Lincoln with strains of U Scott, Lumber Dream and Overtrick, all proved imports as sires and broodmare sires, has a second-to-none blood inheritance.

Peter WHARTON

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