Day At The Track

Sire off the mark at Forbury Park

10:11 AM 18 Jul 2015 NZST
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Rob Roy Mattgregor - His two year olds in New Zealand have been slow to make an impression
Rob Roy Mattgregor - His two year olds in New Zealand have been slow to make an impression

The changes in the harness racing breeding industry in the last twenty years have been huge and have fundamentally changed the way the business operates in the Southern Hemisphere.

From shuttling stallions to frozen semen there is hardly a sire in the world who is unavailable to breeders in Australasia.

A side effect of that of course is how much harder it is today for young stallions  to get established or to be in some cases even given a chance.

One who falls squarely into the latter category is the Matts Scooter stallion Rob Roy Mattgregor.

A smart racehorse in North America with a best time of 1:49.6 and $612,751, Rob Roy Mattgregor's real appeal to breeders lay in his pedigree.

The Direct Scooter sireline has been on fire in New Zealand for nearly twenty years so Kiwi breeders needed no introduction there.

It is the maternal family of Rob Roy Mattgregor that seals the deal and the reason he was given a shot at stud in New Zealand and Australia

Rob Roy Mattgregor is a half brother to Predator DVM 1:50 ($627,993) from Cheer Me Up, a 1:56.2 full sister to the dam of Make A Deal 1:50.2 ($610,249) and Cheer Me Up is also a half sister to the dam of  the great racehorse and sire Western Ideal 1:48 ($1,455,422).

Another half sister to Cheer Me Up is Best Of Memories who has produced Mr Feelgood 1:49 ($3,366,157) and Remember When 1:50.3 ($1,245,718).

The grand-dam of Rob Roy Mattgregor is the former brilliant racemare Leah Almahurst 1:52.3 ($1,053,201).

This is the other side of the brilliant Three Diamonds family and it is a noted sire producing family.

Rob Roy Mattgregor only stood one season in New Zealand and covered 71 mares who produced 52 live foals which are two year olds in the 2014-2015 season.

Rob Roy Mattgregor also has nine two year olds in Australia this season for one unplaced starter to date 

In New Zealand to be honest, they have been very slow out of the blocks with just four qualifiers to date but last night Rob Roy Mattgregor broke his duck as a sire when the Bruce Negus trained filly Em Ay in the hands of leading reinsman Dexter Dunn was successful at Forbury Park.

After that one season here, Rob Roy Mattgregor was moved to Australia where he has just 17 yearlings on the ground and that is all there will be as he died not long after siring that crop.

As of today Rob Roy Mattgregor hasn't exactly set the world on fire but now that he is deceased it wouldn't be a surprise if his stock turn that around in the next year or two.

Harnesslink Media

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