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A Rocknroll Dance to stand ‘Downunder’ next season

12:00 AM 08 Mar 2014 NZDT
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A Rocknroll Dance - will stand 'Downunder' next season.
A Rocknroll Dance - will stand 'Downunder' next season.
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It has been confirmed that champion pacer A Rocknroll Dance will stand ‘Downunder’ next season but exactly where he will stand is yet to be decided.

“I have just been for a trip to Australasia to have a look at all the big studs,” said Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm. “We have been offered a few good deals so now we just need to sit down and come to a decision.

Diamond Creek Stud, which is owned by Adam Bowden along with his father, Chris, arrived on the standardbred scene in 2005 and quickly rose to prominence as acquisitions of royally-­‐bred race fillies and mares were made to establish its broodmare band.

They now own some of the finest mares in America and are one of the lands most successful studs.

“We also stand Ponder who is a good bread and butter sire but A Rocknroll Dance is our first flagship stallion,” said Bowden.

A Rocknroll Dance, who is a son of ill-fated champion Rocknroll Hanover, is currently standing his first season in America and his book is already full and closed.

“He has got all the attributes to make it big as a sire and he is definitely going to get his shot,” said Bowden.

Apart from A Rocknroll Dance, who paced 1-47.2 and won over 2.4 million US dollars, the farm has bred, or raised and sold, such top stakes winners as Archangel, Vertical Horizon, Valentino and Big Rigs and campaigned top stakes colts and fillies, such as Ultimate Cameron, Swan For All, and Naughtytiltheend. The farm’s yearlings are sold at the Lexington Selected and Harrisburg sales each fall.

When asked what lines he thinks will suit A Rocknroll Dance best, Bowden advised that they were breeding all of their Bettor’s Delight mares to him as well as those from the same Western Hanover line.

“Only time will tell though I guess,” added Bowden. “I think he will be pretty adaptable.”

Diamond Creek Farm has also purchased shares in astonishing young trotter Father Patrick, who was recently named Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Male Trotter Of The Year.

“We will also stand him after his racing days are over,” said an excited Bowden.

By Mitchell Robertson

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