One of the most low profile stallions available in Australasia this year would have to be Lis Mara.
By a champion sire in Cambest from a $500,000 winning daughter of a hall of fame brood mare, Lis Mara lacks for nothing on the score of breeding.
He is very much like his sire in that he was an average two year old - a smart three year old and a champion four year old
Lis Mara only went 1:59.3h at two but lowered his mark to 1:51.4s at three before taking his lifetime mark at four of 1:47.3m. As an older horse he went under 1:50 on 16 occasions and 1:48 three times on his way to earning $2,270,876 while his Breeders Crown win was rated by many as his best win.
Since been retired to the breeding barn, he has produced stock which are a mirror image of both Lis Mara and his sire, Cambest. They show little at two - improve markedly at three and really hit their straps at four. But that is an incredibly hard sell in today's get them up and running marketplace.
Breeders in the main, place sires whose stock take time to mature in the too hard basket and that has been happening to Lis Mara.
So what do his stud stats to date tell us.
America - (4yr old) Stakes Won - $4,543,000 Winners - 122 Sub 1:50 - 2
Australia - (4 yr old) Small crop of 30 of which 15 have started for seven winners with nothing looking special to date.
New Zealand (4 yr old ) Crop of 63 with 22 winners to date for stakes of $320,000+.
Has had 50 qualifiers to date which fits the profile of showing promise but needing time. Mista Mara $75,000, Georgias Jury $59,000 and Seven Point One $37,000 have all looked above average.
All things considered he has done a better job to date than his critics give him credit for. One thing looks obvious and that is that the Lis Mara's should get markedly better as they mature.
What he really needs at the moment is a star flag bearer and the most likely candidate to do that is the very talented Quick As A Trick who has won his last two very impressively. He is held in very high regard by his renowned trainer. Bruce Negus of Courage Under Fire fame.
Judgment on the value of Lis Mara as a sire really needs to be put on hold until he has had a couple of aged crops. Only then will we really know if Lis Mara has what it takes as a sire.
This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of the "forgotten"sires in Australasia.