Rob Roy Mattgregor to stand in Canterbury

03:11 AM 15 Aug 2011 NZST
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Rob Roy Mattgregor

One of the most interesting newcomers to the Canterbury breeding scene this harness racing season will be the young sire Rob Roy Mattgregor, a well performed son of influential sire Matt's Scooter. He was bought by Bromac Lodge and Queensland breeder Steve Clements and will stand at Barra Equine, Ohoka near Christchurch, of Johnathan McNeill at a fee of $NZ2,500 plus GST. Semen transport is available throughout Australia with the owners meeting the transport costs.

Rob Roy Mattgregor, a winner in 1:54.2 at two and 1:52.6 at three, was injured when at the height of his three-year-old year. He later returned to the racing arena and competed with real distinction in free-for-all and invitational company at The Meadowlands and the half-mile Freehold and Yonkers tracks racing against top horses such as Lis Mara, Dr No and Casimir Camotion.

He finished up with a stakes total of $612,751 and 43 wins.

Rob Roy Mattgregor is a royally-bred horse by any standards, and he can claim a speed inheritance matched by few ‘Down Under’ sires. His sire Matt’s Scooter 1:48.4, champion of his time and one of the greatest pacers raced in America has now come to the forefront as a sire as have other great pacing sons of Direct Scooter.

But on his dam’s side Rob Roy Mattgregor is also impeccably bred. He is out of Cheer Me Up 1:56.4, a three-quarter sister to one of America’s greatest sires at the present time in Western Ideal 1:48, sire of 21 in 1:50.

Cheer Me Up was by No Nukes 1:52.2 (grandson of Most Happy Fella) from the world champion Leah Almahurst (1:52.6 and $1,053,201), the dam of four in 1:57 from five foals.

Besides Western Ideal and Cheer Me Up, she is also the dam of successful sire Make A Deal 1:50.4, Western Hero 1:51.6 and the unraced Best Of Memories, the mother of the brilliant dual hemisphere champion Mr Feelgood 1:49 ($2.8million), winner of the Inter Dominion Grand Final, A. G. Hunter Cup and Little Brown Jug.

Leah Almahurst was by Abercrombie 1:53 from a smart racemare in Liberated Angel 1:55.8, who left six winners inside 1:58 including a top Grand Circuit colt in Firm Belief 1:51.

Being a Direct Scooter line horse from the maternal line that produced American Ideal and Life Sign, Rob Roy Mattgregor has a unique pedigree apart from the fact that his sire, grandsire and grand-dam were all world record holders.

His blood would enhance the most select pedigrees.

An upstanding individual of 15.3 hands, Rob Roy Mattgregor had a record of 1:49.6.

Peter WHARTON

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