All eyes are on the southern yearlings at the premier sales in Christchurch . . .
Outstanding sire stats for Panspacificflight
60 per cent winners from first NZ crop . . . just 14 horses who’ve won more than 70 races!
WHEN BRENT MCINTYRE acquired the frozen semen rights to North American sire Panspacificflight a few years back, he knew he was getting a proven sire who would succeed at stud here. But he couldn’t have dreamt how successful his first crop would be.
For a start 19 of Panspacificflight’s first crop of 23 foals qualified (that’s just about all those who survived). Then 14 of them went on to be successful on the track. And when five-year-old gelding Wattlebank Flyer won the fifth race of his career at Albion Park in Brisbane on 16 December, taking a mile rate of 1:57.1 over the 2138 metres, that was, by our count, win No. 72 by that crop. Wow!
and the second NZ crop is going pretty darned well too . . .
BONNIE MARE Arden’s Choice kept her Group record moving with a stout third placing behind the champion racemare Dream About Me in the $100,000 Rosslands Queen of Hearts at Alexandra Park on 16 December.
The way the race was won, with Dream About Me dominating from the front and second favourite Rocker Band sitting in the trail, the Panspacificflight four-year-old was never going to finish closer than third. On top of her Group I win as a two-year-old, Arden’s Choice has now placed in a further five Group Is, one Group II and one Group III. Her earnings are now just under $250,000.
Her next start is in another Group I, the Auckland Cup, on 31 December.
Across the Tasman another product of Arden Lodge at Tapanui, Arden’s Legacy, also from Panspacificflight’s second crop, recorded his fourth win in Australia at Cranbourne on 15 December.
At Forbury Park in Dunedin on 16 December Pantastic became the ninth individual winner from the second crop, giving former Macca Lodge trainer Tony Stratford his first win from his new Gore base.
Pantastic, bred by the McIntyres, is out of the Falcon Seelster mare Tuapeka Osprey and is a half-sister to the 2015 Tasmanian Derby winner Mister Lennox. This is the Maureen’s Dream family in prominence through the deeds of three-year-old Ultimate Machete and his half-sister Major Reality (a former West Australian Oaks winner who won and was second in two starts at the Interdominion meeting in Perth), multiple Group I winner Ideal Scott, Machtu and Talkerup among others.
Also from that crop is the up-and-coming Canterbury stayer Thisismylastflight, who won his third race from just five starts over the unusual distance of 2400 metres at Addington on 10 December. He handled his first standing start with aplomb. He ran second to the talented Fiddlethefool at Winton on 17 December and is now being spelled.
The stock of Panspacificflight continue to perform well in Australia and New Zealand despite low numbers of foals on the ground in each season he’s been available here.
MACCA LODGE: NEW ZEALAND FROZEN SEMEN base for PANSPACIFICFLIGHT AND NET TEN EOM
You do not have to send your mare to Southland to be served. Macca Lodge provides other NZ breeding centres with frozen semen.