Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion

10:22 AM 06 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Mr Feelgood - a globetrotting standardbred star.
Anthony Butt gives Mr Feelgood - a congratulatory kiss following their Interdominion win.
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Mr Feelgood - Seen here winning the 2006 Little Brown Jug - Heat One
Mr Feelgood - in a previous WEG victory
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Breeding to our home grown champions in Australasia has always presented a problem to our breeders.

It seemed if the potential sire didn't have the initials IMP beside it's name he would struggle to attract mares.

NZ breeders are slowly losing the bias with Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire doing so well but our neighbors across the Tasman have not yet made the change.

Mr Feelgood has the chance to change the market due to his success in both hemispheres.

A genuine grand circuit horse in North America, winning the Little Brown Jug, Mr Feelgood was retired to stud at 4. Having issues at the time with his fertility, he was put back into training with a view to racing him in North America.

However at the same time the Butt brothers from NZ were looking for a horse to race on the grand circuit in Australasia and purchased Mr Feelgood for leviathan Queensland owner, Kevin Seymour.

Taking time to acclimatize to the change in the style of racing, Mr Feelgood started slowly when first produced in NZ but by the time he reached Australia a few months later he was on fire with the Gold Coast Inter Dominions his biggest win.

Moved to the McCarthy barn in Queensland the following season to be closer to his owners he continued to star against three of the best racehorses ever to grace an Australian track in Blacks A Fake - Smoken Up - I'm The Mightyquinn.

When the curtain was finally drawn on his racing career, he had won 38 races for stakes in excess of $3,750,000.

Whilst he was racing down under, the small number of horses he had left when briefly at stud in North America hit the tracks.

From just 23 foals he has had 21 starters with 6 in 1:55 including the very smart I'm Feelin Good (1:49:3 $437.000)

When nearing the end of his career down under he mixed racing with light stud duties. The first of these raced as 2yr olds in the 2012/2013 season.

From 17 foals he had 8 starters for 4 winners who won $135,737 including the very smart filly Charming Allie (1:55.2).

So not only has Mr Feelgood got the record in both Hemispheres but his sire record from small crops is very promising. And that should come as no surprise because not only does he have a great racetrack record, he is bred in the purple as well.

By Grinfromeartoear the sire of Mister Big (the richest standardbred stallion at stud in the World), amongst a multitude of top horses, Mr Feelgood is from a daughter of the great race mare Leah Almahurst ($1,053,201) who at stud has left the great racehorse and sire, Western Ideal.

And the bonus for Australian breeders is he also has the IMP initials beside his name.

Everything being equal, Mr Feelgood looks on track to make just as big an impression in the breeding shed as he did on the track. 

JC

This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink will be doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires available in Australasia.

 
 
 
 
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