THE INTERNATIONALISATION of the breeding business through the shuttling of stallions and the transfer of frozen semen can take a lot of the guesswork out of assessing “new” sires here.
Take Panspacificflight, a proven sire in North America before his frozen semen became available at Macca Lodge in 2010. As we’ve already noted, he’s closely related to a clutch of highly-performed racehorses and stallions by the champion sire Artsplace, including Art Major.
And if you look at Panspacificflight’s North American record you’ll see that he has crossed well with Artsplace mares. Their 25 foals have won an average of $US32,500 with Tyber Tyke (1:50.2, $US265,000) the best of them.
He has gone even better with mares by Artsplace’s son Artiscape, the dam sire of Arden’s Concord. Nine foals have been bred on this cross in North America with average earnings of $US47,000. Pacific Sun Rae ($US320,000) has been the standout performer.
But the striking thing about Panspacificflight’s North American record is how well he has crossed with Presidential Ball mares. There his 10 foals out of PB mares have won an average of $US96,000 and four have gone 1:55. The best has been seven-year-old Paco Labrook (1:48.8), from his first crop, who has won 32 races and $US570,000. Even taking Paco Labrook out of the equation leaves this cross with impressive average earnings per foal of $US43,000.
So it’s no surprise, then, that one of the best horses from Panspacificflight’s first crop here (and his first winner) is bred on this cross. The Manipulator, with two wins and two seconds from five starts, was a highly promising three-year-old in the All Stars Stable before a knee injury cut short his season in the autumn.
He’s out of the good racemare Luckisaladytonight, one of only three Presidential Ball mares to produce a Panspacificflight foal here so far.
All of which suggests the many mares in Southland by the Presidential Ball stallion Washington VC would be a good match with Panspacificflight.
Again, the evidence is very promising. The only foal out of a Washington VC mare in Panspacificflight’s first crop is Last Flight In, who won on debut for Clark Barron in Southland before being exported to Australia where she’s doing a good job for her new owners. Originally in Tasmania but now in New South Wales, she’s won another seven times and taken a 1:53.8 mile rate at Menangle.
Other strong pointers are emerging from Panspacificflight’s first crop.
He was bred to only two Live Or Die mares and they’ve both produced good horses — the Alexandra Park specialist Little Rascal and Southern Pursuit, who’ve won 11 races between them.
Holmes Hanover is also to the fore with his daughters producing Panspacificflight progeny Wick and Glenisla, who between them have won 15 races here and in Australia. Winning three-year-old filly Julia Lady and Ansett Flight are also out of Holmes Hanover mares.
The best of Panspacificflight’s progeny here, three-year-old filly Arden’s Choice, is out of an In The Pocket mare.