Day At The Track

Macca Lodge to stand Magic Rule

03:33 AM 07 Sep 2011 NZST
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Magic Rule JJ Lochinvar, a Magic Rule 2YO and the
Magic Rule
JJ Lochinvar, a Magic Rule 2YO and the - with trainer Jimmy Kennedy.

Macca Lodge proprietor Brent McIntyre welcomed a new lodger to his 600 acre agistment property at Gore this week, Magic Rule, the beautifully bred Globe Derby line harness racing stallion. "He's a real gentleman," said McIntyre of the richly-bred son of Starship, who offers a genuine outcross to breeders wishing to infuse some of the famed Globe Derby stamina and longevity to their lines.

Magic Rule will be standing his second season in New Zealand after serving 16 mares at Bill Keeler’s Makarewa establishment last season, but the sale of the Southland trainer and studmaster’s property has necessitated a move north.

“He’s just a beautiful horse and the videos online show he could run a bit,” says Keeler, who intends to send four mares to him himself once he has relocated.

Magic Rule, who raced from 2 until he was 7, won 10 races, including seven at Harold Park, and in a rich vein of form as a late 3-year-old early 4-year-old won nine of 14 starts, with three second placings ­– and an unlucky sixth in the Newcastle Guineas.

He was the best horse of more than 50 owned by Newcastle owner Alan McIntosh and seemed bound for the open grades before injury two starts after he impressively won a heat of the International Drivers Championship at Harold Park – where he rattled off a couple of slick quarters at both ends of the race and beat Bronski Warrior and Kamwood Tony, both horses who went on to win nearly $200,000.

It was a figure Magic Rule was more than matching, but he lost 18 months in his prime following the injury, but even so he was brought back as a six-year-old, and and raced competitively at Harold Park, winning one more time with several placings before the injury flared again.

He was brought back a couple of times but never stood up to an extended campaign and was retired finally in Tasmania after an aborted preparation for the Tasmanian Cup.

Magic Rule served a handful of short-bred mares in Tasmania (producing two to get to the races) before serving another tiny crop of rather better credentialed mares on his return to Newcastle, with a couple of very promising types being readied for the upcoming two-year-old races.

Magic Rule was brought back to New Zealand by breeding enthusiasts involved with the Globe Derby Society, who came together on an online chatroom after a discussion on whatever happened to the once dominant Globe Derby line which is unique to Australia and New Zealand.

The grand line had produced countless champions and top horses through the ages, including Magic Rule’s immediate male line Starship, Lordship and Johnny Globe, all of whom either won New Zealand and Auckland Cups or in Starship’s case, were placed second in them both.

Champion sires Lordship and Johnny Globe also produced multiple sons who also won the Blue Riband events of New Zealand harness racing and Lordship left daughters who also left Cup winners. Ironically, Johnny Globe also left three trotting winners of the Interdoms.

The Globe Derby Society could not believe their luck after trolling through the Australian harness racing’s website stallion index in search of a suitable candidate to bring back to New Zealand in an attempt to rekindle the line here.

There was a Starship stallion at stud in Newcastle, and his maternal lines read like a Who’s Who of New Zealand’s greatest Cup winner producing stallions.

Indeed in the first three lines on his sire and dam side are no less than five New Zealand champion sires.

And on Magic Rule’s maternal line, Smooth Fella, Bachelor Hanover and Garrison all produced both winners of New Zealand or Auckland Cups AND dams of New Zealand and Auckland Cup winners.

And just like In The Pocket rebooted the Volomite line when introduced to New Zealand mares unique bloodlines, the Globe Derby Society are confident that Magic Rule is more than capable of producing a son who will carry on the legacy.

Magic Rule is available naturally, or chilled with a service fee of $1000 + GST.

Macca Lodge also has Panspacificflight and Somebeachsomewhere on its stallions roster, available in frozen semen.

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