The 2023 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale will see a number of young sires represented, including Kia Ora’s Farnan and Prague. TDN AusNZ sat down with Bloodstock and Breeding Manager Shane Wright to discuss the two young-guns.

Some of the most anticipated lots on offer will be those by Kia Ora’s freshman sires Farnan and Prague. Farnan, a son of Not A Single Doubt, was Champion 2-Year-Old and winner of the G1 Golden Slipper. While Prague, a son of the Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice, was a dual Group 3 winner as a juvenile.

“Firstly, it’s a very exciting time for Kia Ora with the relaunch of the stallions’ division and this is the first opportunity for us to showcase Farnan and Prague at the upcoming weanling sale.”

Kia Ora will present a draft of five weanlings at the upcoming Inglis Australian Weanling Sale, the draft includes two colts by Prague and one colt by Farnan.

Outside of Kia Ora, Prague will have 10 weanlings on offer and Farnan will have nine.


Farnan Kia Ora Stallions



“We couldn’t be more thankful to all the breeders that have supported us over the last couple of years and also going forward. We strongly believe it’s a big part of a young stallion’s success having breeders that produce the best horses in Australia year in and year out supporting your stallions.

“Looking at the first Farnarn and Pragues for sale, they have all come from established breeders that bred the likes of Extreme Choice, Classique Legend, Mossfun and Fiesta to name a few.”

A particularly strong offering from Farnan, befitting a G1 Golden Slipper winner, Wright added:

“Of the nine weanlings on offer by Farnan, three are out of Group winners and placegetters and three are siblings to Group winners which consolidates the level of top-class mares Farnan received.”

In his two seasons to date at stud, Farnan has served Group 1 winners Lighthouse (USA) (Mizzen Mast {USA}), Mizzy (Zoustar) and I Am Excited (Snitzel). In addition to the dams of Wild Ruler and She’s Extreme.

“We have some incredibly exciting yearlings heading to the sales over the next two years, he (Farnan) is a stallion that has been given every chance.

“We have seen most of his foals at this stage and they all throw back to their sire with a strong resemblance to Not A Single Doubt, so it’s safe to say the future is looking very bright.”

Wright is also excited about the prospects of Prague and highlights some of his offerings at the upcoming sale.


Prague Kia Ora Stallions



“A few eye catchers are a filly from the US-bred mare Shakeyourbody.”

Lot 295, a bay filly by Prague out of Shakeyourbody (USA) (Giant’s Causeway {USA}) will be offered by Twin Hills Stud. She is a half-sister to the stakes winners Skyward (Fr) (Camelot {GB}) and Siyoushake (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}).

“The colts out of the Se Sauver and National Anthem are standouts.”

The two colts Wright mentioned are part of Kia Ora’s draft.

Lot 155, a bay colt by Prague out of the Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire) mare National Anthem, she is a half-sister to Starspangledbanner, while Lot 229 is a bay colt by Prague from the Bel Esprit mare, Se Sauver. Se Sauver was a winner of the G2 Edward Manifold S.

“These are the quality of mares Prague has been supported by in his first and second seasons.

“Really it isn’t that surprising Prague has been well supported, one of the last sons at stud by Redoute’s Choice. He was a Group 3 winner and a Group 1-placed 2-year-old with looks to die for and he has an incredibly strong pedigree that goes back to Virage De Fortune and Emancipation.

“He has all the ingredients to make a top-level stallion,” Wright said.

“Progeny from both horses are inheriting their outstanding physical attributes, good size, correct, abundance of quality and great-moving types.

“We have already heard from a number of trainers that are very excited to have Pragues in their stables as he is that forward type of colonial stallion that just works here in Australia. Overall, it should give great confidence to prospective buyers in the marketplace.”

Story courtesy of TDN AusNZ