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Superstar Majestic Son shuttles Down Under

11:05 AM 01 Jun 2009 NZST
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Majestic Son - WEGs 2006 Horse Of The Year
Majestic Son - 2006 Breeders Crown Final
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Majestic Son - Canadian Trotting Classic - 2006 The Canadian Trotting Classic Final
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Trotting in New Zealand has been given a huge shot in the arm with the announcement today (Sunday) that $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic and Breeders Crown winner, Majestic Son, will shuttle to New Zealand and stand at stud at Christchurch's Stallion Station during the next breeding season.

 The Angus Hall-Celtic Contessa entire, who was voted Canada's Horse of The Year in 2006, and is the richest son of champion sire Angus Hall. He won $1,993,157 in career stakes and stood at stud for both $10,000 and $12,000 at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario.

"It doesn't get much bigger than this. In fact this is huge for the standardbred breeding industry both in New Zealand and Australia. There has never been a trotting sire of this significance to have ever graced these (New Zealand) shores. He will serve a full book of no more than 150 mares," Lyons said.

John Curtin of JC International has dealt with many trotters in both Hemispheres since the 1970s and believed Majestic Son's introduction to New Zealand was as big as it can get when it comes to squaregaiters.

"In my lifetime he is the best trotter I have ever seen. To have a horse like this serving 'Down Under' is unheralded in this part of the world. This is a major trotting coup for breeders in this country. It will change the whole face of the breed in Australasia," Curtin said.

Lyons reiterated Curtin's comments saying:

"In terms of trotting it doesn't get any bigger than this. The negotiating in Canada was well worth it because we have landed ourselves a scoop," Lyons said.

Majestic Son won 20 major stake races including the $1m Canadian Trotting Classic; the $569,250 Breeders Crown; the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final; the $280,000 Goodtimes Trot; the $175,534 Canadian Breeders; the $155,250 Frank Ryan Memorial; four $130,0000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Finals; and the $106,965 Champlain Stakes.

He defeated Horse of the Year, Glidemaster four times while his sire Angus Hall has sired the winners of more than $30m with $70,473 average earnings per starter.

Majestic Son, who was foaled in 2003, won 22 of his 38 starts and placed in eight others for his $1,993,157 in career stakes. His quickest winning mile was 1:52.2 at Mohawk.

Lyons said Majestic Son would arrive in August for the New Zealand Breeding season. Stallion Station will also be standing Santanna Blue Chip in what will be his first breeding season 'Down Under" as well.

"It's exciting times alright. Majestic Son will change the whole face of trotting breeding 'Down Under'. We are delighted to be involved," Lyons said.

Duane RANGER (editor)


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