The fortunes of the injury prone harness racing stallion,are once again on the rise. This great looking son of has more ups and downs than most but his small crop of 3yr olds currently racing in Canterbury give a hint of what might have been if he had been fertile enough to serve the large number of mares booked to go to him.
As a racehorse,had all the attributes of a top horse - Great presence and confirmation - Flawless gait - and blinding speed were all there in abundance. Displays of that speed were common, typified by his stunning win in the Newcastle mile in 1:52:8.
But due to a series of injuries,never got close to fulfilling his potential on the racetrack.
Brought into by Nevele R Stud whilst still racing, Pay Me Christian was retired prematurely due to his injuries and stood his initial seasons at the famous Canterbury stud.
And then his fertility became the issue. Unable to cope with a large book and having semen that didn't travel meant he stood just one and a half seasons at stud before he was withdrawn from commercial service.
Put back into work at Spreydon Lodge , he showed glimpses of his talent back on the track (2nd in 1:57mr over 2600m to Sammy Maguire) but failed to overcome all his issues.
A couple of starts in Australia followed before a second retirement from the track. He is now situated in NSW, and has 2 foals on the ground.
So Pay Me Christian really has had a roller coaster ride in the last few years and it hasn't finished yet.
His stock from his abbreviated stud career at Nevele R stud are now aged 3 and have been showing up at racetracks around Canterbury.
From a crop of just 27 foals he has had 8 qualifiers. Two of those in Ares(2:01.08 ) and Arma Augustus (2:01.03) won at 2 but it is a trio of 3yr old fillies who have really taken the eye. The Shakey Mistress (1:57.9) looks to have inherited all of her sires speed and Katie Kash and C A Penny have both looked way above average in recent trials and wont be long in winning races.
So despite all the adversity he has had to face on both the track and at stud, Pay Me Christian is starting to fashion a record at stud more in keeping with his potential.
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 in Australasia.