Pay Me Christian sires first starter & winner

05:22 AM 17 Jan 2013 NZDT
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Pay Me Christian's first starter is now a two-year-old winner. The Michael Cunningham trained Ares today (Thursday January 17) got his sire off to the best possible start by winning the $10,000 2yo Kina Craig Stud mobile pace on debut at Ascot Park.

The 2yo colt led from go to woe in the hands of Paul Court, just holding off late challenges from Class Of Tara (Bettor’s Delight) and My Guy Mac (Mach Three).

Ares paced the 1700m in 2-08.8 (MR: 2-01.9, 800m: 61.0, 400m 30.8 on the easy rated Ascot Park surface.

Ares is one of 27 two-year-olds sired by Pay Me Christian running around the country side and looks a slick athletic type who will win more races. The ½ neck winning marginal is kind to the opposition as Ares was shying at objects on the inside of the track and never fully knuckled down over the concluding stages.

Out of his other 26 two-year-olds Arma Augusta is another smart colt who has recently been sold for big money to Australia out of the Steven McRae barn.

The news of a first up winner will be music to Nevele R stud’s ears as it has been a rough road for them with Pay Me Christian to date. In December 2006, Nevele R Stud purchased a half share in the boom Christian Cullen three-year-old colt for a whopping $500,000.

Initially, things ran exactly to the script with Pay Me Christian but after taking out the NZ Derby in March of 2007, Pay Me Christian quickly went from hero to zero when his racing career was continually plagued by his tendency to over-race.

The decision was quickly made to retire the enigmatic superstar to stud, but it was there that Nevele R was hit with the news no stud ever wants to hear - You’re stallion is infertile.

So no matter how good the progeny of Pay Me Christian turn out to be, don’t ever expect to see him serving 300 mares a season.


by Mitchell ROBERTSON

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