Kia Ora Stallions resident Farnan, who stands this spring at a fee of $55,000 (inc GST), is another young stallion that Jimmy Unwala has been impressed with.

“I saw Farnan again at the stallion parade and he is getting better with age. We really like him as a stallion and we reckon he will make it. I really liked his weanlings and I have a few on the farm that we bred; they are really nice,” he said.

Unwala will send the unraced Fastnet Rock mare Left Bank to him this spring. Left Bank was offered, in foal to Justify (USA), at last year’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

She was bought for $320,000 by Avesta Bloodstock and Fernrigg Farm. The mare is closely related to the Group 1 winner and Group 1-producing sire Casino Prince, the Group 3 scorer Tagus (Encosta De Lago), as well as Listed winners Metallurgical (Redoute’s Choice) and Lord Of The Land (Timber Country {USA}). Furthermore, Left Bank is a half-sister to the Group 2 victor Best Of Bordeaux, who stands this spring at Coolmore at a fee of $27,500 (inc GST).

“She’s very well-bred, being a half to Best Of Bordeaux,” Unwala said.

“I think we got her quite cheap.

“She had a very nice Justify filly, then went to Home Affairs, and she will go to Farnan. With Farnan, that Danehill-Redoute’s Choice blood works really well.

“If we believe that a horse could be a really good stallion in time to come, we try and send one of our better mares to him in his third season. My logic is, you send your top mare to a stallion you want to punt because if it does come good, then you probably have the top 10 per cent bred to that stallion in that crop, so you really get very good appreciation for your yearling.”

Story by TTR