The deal has been secured by Stallions Australasia Ltd, a new company conducted by well known Christchurch harness identity Peter O’Rourke and Adelaide breeder-owner David Shammall.
“We are delighted to bring to ‘Down Under’ breeders the semen of these brilliant, young trotting stallions. They represent the future of the breeding of square-gaiters on a worldwide scale,” O’Rourke said.
Muscle Hill (3, 1:50.2), the fastest son of thrice premier sire Muscles Yankee, is the greatest stake winning trotter ever offered to Australasian breeders. He won a total of $3,273,342.
Beaten at his debut, Muscle Hill won the last 20 of the 21 races in which he competed, setting two world records and a string of stakes and track records.
As a two-year-old he won eight of his nine starts for $817,301 including the $700,000 Breeders Crown in a world record 1:53.6, $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial, New Jersey Sire Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, International Stallion Stakes and the Simpson Memorial and was named USA 2YO Trotter of the Year.
He took his record of 1:50.2 at three years, winning the $1.5-million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands by six lengths. He also captured the $617,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine, $540,000 World Trotting Derby, $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity, netting $2,456,041 – a season’s record for a trotter or pacer.
Undefeated in 12 starts at 3, Muscle Hill was the unaminous choice for Horse of the Year and 3YO Trotter of the Year in both USA and Canada.
His first crop as two-year-olds this year is a splendid advertisement for him and they are making a real impact on the USA racing scene. In his first season he left 84 foals, and of these he had 48 to the races half way through their two-year-old season, and 27 are winners with 21 in 2:00. They have earned $540,574.
His progeny include Hill I Am (1:55.8), winner of the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final in a stakes record, Pacific Winds K 1:55.4 (NJ Sires Stakes heat), Resolve 1:55.4, winner of the Kindergarten Classic in track record time, Chivaree Hanover 1:58.4 (Reynolds Memorial) Southwind Spirit 1:56.2 (Haughton elim. and Kindergarten Classic), Muscle On In 1:58.6 (Arden Downs) and the Historic Cup winner Cherry Hill Park (1:59).
Muscle Hill served full books in his first season at the prestige Southwind Farms, New Jersey. His service fee in Australia will be $11,000 including GST.
A son of the Hambletonian winner Windsong’s Legacy 1:53 ($1.7-million), and one of his last crop, Lucky Chucky dominated the juvenile trotting ranks in North America in 2009 and 2010.
As a two-year-old he posted nine wins, two seconds and a third from 12 starts for earnings of $667,649 and was named USA 2YO Trotter of the Year. Lucky Chucky numbered among his successes the $450,000 Valley Victory, the $166,800 Matron Final, divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes and an elimination of the Breeders Crown.
He also finished second in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine and third in the $523,600 Peter Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands.
Lucky Chucky took his mark of 1:50.8 when he won a Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile.
His three-year-old season also included victories in the $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic and the $500,000 Colonial Trot – both in stakes and track records – as well as a gritty runner-up performance in the $1.5-million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands.
In all, Lucky Chucky won 14 of his 23 starts for $2,099,973, of which $1,432,324 was earned at 3 years. He was subsequently named 3YO Trotter of the Year and Trotter of the Year.
Lucky Chucky served 138 mares in his initial season at the stud in New Jersey. His first crop of yearlings will go to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in October. They show all the quality of his sire and give every impression of being likely to develop early speed.
He will be available in Australia for a fee of $5,500 including GST.
For bookings and further information contact Peter O’Rourke on 0011 64 21 346 401, Greg Ryan 0419 791 434 or Gayle Garrard 0427 033 094.
By Peter Wharton