Swettenham Stud are thrilled to announce one of the most enviable rosters of stallions for the 2022 season.
In a tremendous coup for Australian breeding, ground breaking Group 1 winning sprinter WOODED (Wootton Bassett) will shuttle to Swettenham Stud on behalf of Al Shaqab, commencing in 2022. After recently being announced to the market, his book has already started filling up with confirmed bookings from some of Australia’s best breeders. Winner of the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye (1000m) and the fastest son of Wootton Bassett, he has already covered an exceptional book of mares with foals on the ground, of which 88% of the mares covered were either black type earners themselves, producers of black type progeny or out of black type horses. He will stand at an introductory fee of $22,000 incl GST.
Hot off Rubiquitous adding another new stakeswinner to his tally over the weekend, RUBICK (Encosta de Lago) returns to Swettenham Stud for his second season at a reduced service fee of $22,000 incl GST. In addition to averaging $200,000 at the Magic Millions sale this year, he also had a colt sell for $300,000 (ex Black Tulip) at Melbourne Premier. Rubick has over 170 rising 2yos from his best crop of mares that are about to enter the system as well as the incredibly exciting 2yo JACQUINOT who is destined for Group 1 glory after running a gallant, yet unlucky 3rd in the Blue Diamond.
HIGHLAND REEL (Galileo) returns to Swettenham Stud for his 5th season, having already sired a Group 2 winner from his first crop in Europe and some very strong performances from his Australian 2yos that are being targeted at the Classic races. Having covered an average of over 120 mares per season in his first four seasons, Highland Reel has it all ahead of him with the first of his SEVEN Group 1 successes being notched on his CV as a 3yo before going on to be crowned Champion Older Horse in Ireland. His yearlings continue to be in high demand with yearlings selling for $180k, $155k and $130k at Melbourne Premier. He remains at an unchanged service fee of $16,500 incl GST.
One of the best proven outcross stallions in Australia, PUISSANCE DE LUNE (Shamardal), continues to show his strength and versatility with the likes of stakes winning SPIRIT OF GAYLARD over 1800m as well as turf burner GAZE GRISE who smashed the clock in the 55 Second Challenge over 955m at Moonee Valley in recent months. The great grey son of Shamardal has 120 rising yearlings to be sold in 2023 and over 100 rising 2yos coming through. These biggest and best crops will be on the tracks as 3yo and 4yo by the time the progeny of the 2022 covered mares are being sold and at a reduced service fee of $14,300 incl GST, this is the best year to back your judgement.
Still the only dual Stakes-winning 2yo colt in Australia by I Am Invincible, I AM IMMORTAL is set to cover his third book of mares at Swettenham Stud after being heavily supported in his first two seasons. Averaging well over 100 mares per season in his first two seasons, the speedy son of I Am Invincible is set to be one of the most sought after first season sires at the yearling sales in 2023. Not only did he dominate on the track, his prepotent genes are dominating as demonstrated by his first foals who are strong, forward with great scope and great bone. Amazingly, he did not throw a single chestnut in his first crop of outstanding foals and at an unchanged service fee of $13,750 incl GST, he represents the best value sire of his crop in the year where the breeders get the best return on their investment.
Returning to Swettenham Stud for his 8th consecutive season is the all-conquering TORONADO (High Chaparral). In the sales ring, Toronado progeny averaged well over $210,000 at the major sales in 2022 with a record sale of $850,000 at Inglis Easter. His feats in the sales ring are matched on the racetrack with a further SIX new stakes-winners already this season, standing him at 7th on Sire Table for stakes-winners with less runners than all of those above him. Equalling with Zoustar as the youngest sire on the list, all of his success has come from a modest service fee of $22,000. After being fully booked for each of the past 4 season and a total of 24 stakes-winners to his name, Toronado stands at $88,000 incl GST with another full book imminent.
In other exciting news, it is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Sam Matthews to General Manager – Operations and Nominations at Swettenham Stud. Sam has been my right hand man for a number of years and has been a vital part of our ongoing success. Sam will still be heavily involved with selling nominations but will also oversee the continued growth and expansion of Swettenham Stud for many years to come.
With growth comes opportunity and we are thrilled to welcome Marcus Heritage to the nominations team at Swettenham Stud. Marcus returns to Swettenham boasting a CV including time with Lindsay Park, Danny O’Brien racing, a season in the covering shed at Swettenham Stud and most recently in a nominations role with Aquis. Marcus will play a key part in the business both internally and externally to assist our clients to maximise their results with the best matings for their mares.
I would also like to announce the promotion of Barry Faulds to Stud Manager at Swettenham Stud. A familiar face to most with a wealth of experience in stallions, farm management and all facets of the bloodstock environment, we have full confidence in Barry’s experience as he has demonstrated in the past 12 months at Swettenham. Taking residence at the farm, Barry will be responsible for the overall management of the farm as well as covering book and foaling in what is shaping up to be yet another busy season at Swettenham Stud with the success of our clients and friends at the forefront of our goals.
Please feel free to contact myself or any of my team to discuss how we can ensure that you secure your stallion of choice and how we can best ensure your success.