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 ofwill be located at the Mountainview Stud, Ballarat, of Shane Murphy, which also plays host to the USA imports and and the colonial bred .
The service fee forwill be $2,200 including GST (off farm).
, 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 , who has been the leading NZ sire for four of the last five years.
An upstanding, young horse of 15.3 hands,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, and and ahead of top sires such as , , and .
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,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.
A number of'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).
, 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.