A brand new five star stallion barn and the support of leading breeders ensures these two stallions are getting every opportunity this spring.
Respected thoroughbred nursery Kia Ora Stud took the bold step to stand stallions at their beautifully appointed Hunter Valley farm this spring and a month into the breeding season both Farnan and Prague are working through their books like true professionals.
“Kia Ora are supporting both stallions with our own quality mares, but it’s been really pleasing to find so many outside breeders are keen to come on board,” said Bloodstock and Breeding Manager, Shane Wright.
“We have five-star facilities here and in Golden Slipper winner Farnan and blue-blood Redoute’s Choice son Prague, we have two stallions that we believe can really make their mark and take Kia Ora forward with a new era of success.”
As a Champion 2YO by proven sire of sires Not a Single Doubt from a daughter of champion sire Street Cry (IRE), Farnan has a heady mix of Group I performance and Group I pedigree that is proving irresistible to breeders.
“He’s been super popular and will cover a large book of mares,” said Wright.
“He has let down into a magnificent individual and has a great temperament and excellent fertility making him the ideal stallion to work with.”
Farnan will cover a star-studded book that includes the following mares, several who have already tested in foal:
US G2 winner Gypsy Robin (USA), dam of this season’s G1 winner Wild Ruler
G1 ATC Galaxy winner I Am Excited
G1 New Zealand Oaks winner Jennifer Eccles
G1 winner Invest G2 winner Ektifaa, a $1.7million MM Broodmare purchase this year
G2 winner Chintz (NZ), dam of G2 winner Not an Option
G2 winner Prophet’s Thumb
G2 winner Twilight Royale
US G2 winner More Than Real (USA), dam of SW Miss Debutante
G3 winner Moss Trip, a $900,000 MM National Broodmare purchase this year
G3 winner Think Bleue
US G3 winner Enstone (Can)
US G3 winner Insta Erma (USA), an $800,000 MM National Broodmare purchase this year
US G3 winner Jennifer Lynnette (Can)
G2 placed Quick Feet
G3 placed Coral Coast
A $1.6million Magic Millions yearling that proved a fast and precocious two year-old winning the Group III ATC Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) and Group III ATC Canonbury Stakes (1100m), Prague has all the right attributes for success.
“He will cover a good book of mares, but was probably more disadvantaged by the restrictions imposed by Covid as he’s in a competitive price bracket and his impressive physical presence is hard to really appreciate unless you see him first hand,” said Wright.
Stamped very much in the image of his legendary sire Redoute’s Choice, Prague has many quality mares booked to him including the following with several of them already in foal:
G1 winner Dorabella, dam of G3 placed Coral Coast
US G1 winner Mani Bhavan (USA), dam of SP Petrelle
US G2 winner War Heroine (USA), a Northern Hemisphere bred daughter of Lonhro
G2 winner Sabatini
G2 winner Se Sauver
USG3 winner Decelerator (USA), dam of G2 winner Nafaayes
SW Alberton Park
SW Banc De Fortune, dam of SW Eagle Island and grand-dam of G1 winner Bonham
G1 placed Perfect Rhyme, second in Australian Oaks
G2 placed Define
Divya, dam of SW Candika
National Anthem, ½ sister to Starspangledbanner and dam of exciting 3YO Nadaraja.