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 20 of Panspacificflight’s first crop of 23 foals qualified (that’s just about all those who survived). Fifteen of them have gone on to success on the track with Bigandme belatedly adding to the record when he won as a six-year-old at Wyndham in March 2018.
By our count these 15 horses, now eight-year-olds, have won nearly 140 races between them. Wow!
Nearly all have now been exported and are still performing well in Australia and now back in the United States where the stallion was domiciled before his untimely death in 2018.
Panspacificflight was already a proven sire in the US before Macca Lodge started importing his frozen semen and he’s now left the winners of $US19 million in stakes there. But in May 2016 there was a Panspacificflight winner in New Jersey with a difference — he was bred in New Zealand.
Wick won five races and nearly $40,000 in stakes for Wyndham trainer Brendon McLellan before being exported. Now, racing as Wick N, he’s won 15 times in the US and took a mile rate of 1:51 at Harrah’s Philadelphia on 01 July 2018.
Across the Tasman, Glenisla has won 19 races, posting a best time of 1:54.8 when she downed the 2015 Southland Oaks winner Smokin Bird at Menangle in March 2016. She now races in South Australia.
BREEDER ALERT: Wick and Glenisla are both out of Holmes Hanover mares. From just seven surviving foals bred on that cross, Panspacificflight has also left Julia Lady (five wins), Ansett Flight (four) and Blarney Babe (two).
Little Rascal, owned by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame, was a premier racing specialist at Alexandra Park (six wins) and Addington (two wins), earning $120,000 before he was exported to Australia in April 2017. He has quickly made his mark there with five wins at Menangle and a best time of 1:51.8 when he beat My Field Marshall in a Group III race in September 2017.
BREEDER ALERT: Little Rascal and Southern Pursuit, who won four races from the Clark Barron stable before being exported to the US, are both out of Live Or Die mares. They’re the only two progeny bred on that cross from Panspacificflight’s first two crops here. Broodmare Romola Hanover features in the pedigree of both Panspacificflight and Live Or Die.
Probably the most remarkable story from the first crop surrounds Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand winner, The Manipulator. Sold at the yearling sales to Auckland trainer Tony Herlihy, he had issues and ended up back where he started — at Macca Lodge. There he responded well to horse chiropractor Tommy Behrns and won on debut in the spring of 2014. Such was his promise that he was sent to the All Stars stable in Canterbury where he won once more before breaking down. He came back in 2016 to win two more races before he broke down again. That looked like the end of his racing career but after roaming around on a riverbank on breeder Neil Timms’s property he went back into work at Macca Lodge. The Manipulator had been going fair races until he put in a winning front-running performance at Gore in August 2018 and has since notched another win, his sixth, at Winton in September.
BREEDER ALERT: The Manipulator is out of the Presidential Ball mare Luckisaladytonight. Panspacificflight has clicked extraordinarily well with PB mares in the US, where the 10 foals bred on that cross have won an average of $US96,000 and four have gone 1:55, including big winner Paco Labrook (1:48.4).
The multiple winners from the first crop include Little Rascal (19 wins), US winner Wick (20), Southern Pursuit (11), The Manipulator (six) and Arden’s Concord (11). Panspacificflight isn’t available in Australia and his good winners there, like Glenisla (19 wins) Last Flight In (13), Sir Mac’s Man (eight), Straight Thru Blue (nine) and Wattlebank Flyer (20) have all been bred here.
Here’s the winning crop of 2011:
Arden’s Concord (Madam Maroussia, by Artiscape). Six wins here and five in Australia (1:55.7, S)
Bigandme (Alta Biannca, by Presidential Ball). Two wins
Dakota Fred (Happy Bromac, by Falcon Seelster)
First Flight In (Sharjanter, by Christian Cullen)
Glenisla (Touche Franco, by Holmes Hanover). Nineteen wins in Australia (1:54.8)
In Full Flight (Scherger Rain, by Sir Vancelot). Two wins (1:59.7, S)
Last Flight In (Orse M Denario, by Washington VC). One win here and 12 in Australia (1:53.1)
Little Rascal (Evita Franco, by Live Or Die). Eight wins here and 11 in Australia (1:51.8)
(Sir) Mac’s Man (Galleons Testimony, by Elsu). Eight wins in Australia (1:56.8, S)
Schwartz Denario (Ergo Denario, by Bettor’s Delight). Two wins
Southern Pursuit (Relentless Storm, by Live or Die). Four wins here and seven in the U.S.(1:51.2).
Straight Thru Blue (New York Franco, by Badlands Hanover). Nine wins in West and South Australia (1:56.4,S)
The Manipulator (Luckisaladytonight, by Presidential Ball). Six wins (1:59.7,D)
Wattlebank Flyer (Careful Seznicki, by Courage Under Fire). One win here and 19 in Australia (1:55.2,S)
Wick (On The Double, by Holmes Hanover). Five wins here and 15 in the United States (1:51)