Day At The Track

Tintin In America flying under the radar

12:41 PM 25 Jun 2015 NZST
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Tintin In America - Has made a very promising start to his siring career
Tintin In America - Has made a very promising start to his siring career
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The harness racing breeding industry in Australasia has always been a hard place for young colonial stallions to establish themselves and with the advent of shuttle stallions and frozen semen it has become even harder in the last 15 years.

One who is just starting out is Tintin In America 1:53.2 $934,305 who has two year olds on the track this season in both Australia and New Zealand.

As you would expect in todays competitive market the son of McArdle has struggled to attract mares to his court and his crops to date have been small to put it mildly.

In Australia Tintin In America has just 15 two year olds and has had three starters this season for two winners to date.

The best of those is the smart filly Just Wantano who took out the $15,000 Kindergarten Stakes Final at Globe Derby in a 2:00.7 mile rate for the 1800 metres.

Of note is that the other winner in Australia by Tintin In America in Aussie Vista is also a filly.

In New Zealand where he stood at Nevele R Stud, Tintin In America has had 32 two year olds to represent him this season.

He has had five qualifiers to date and one starter in New Zealand in American Flybye who won her only start to date.

One of the qualifiers is Dame Puissant who qualified at Ashburton in December last year in 2:00.5 and is now in Perth, Western Australia.

A nice second first up where the winner went 1:56.8, Dame Puissant won her only other start and looks very promising.

Another one of the Kiwi bred two year olds to make his way to Australia is Zee Dana.

Sold by Greg Payne at the Ready To Run sale last December at Menangle for a hefty $71,000, Zee Dana made his long awaited Australian debut at Bendigo yesterday from the Amanda Turnbull barn with Nathan Jack in the bike.

Sent straight to the front by Nathan, Zee Dana just brained them by 27 metres in a 1:57.3 mile rate for the 1650 metres with closing sectionals of 56.8 and 28 and appeared to do it with plenty in reserve.

So considering the number of mares he served and the quality of most of those mares, Tintin In America has made a good fist of his debut season with horses on the track.

The way both his fillies and colts are going it wouldn't be a surprise if he served his biggest books in both Australia and New Zealand in the upcoming breeding season.

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