When looking back over the past four weeks of the Sydney Autumn Carnival, there is one resounding name that has hit goal after goal, SEBRING. Sebring is a stallion that I know better than most. In January of 2007, I headed to Magic Millions on the Gold Coast as I do annually and began inspecting what they had on offer. When Lot 239, a More Than Ready colt out of Purespeed, crossed my path I knew I had to have him. Knocked down for an unassuming $130,000, he arrived at Tulloch Lodge and was prepared for his first barrier trial. From that day he won barrier trial after barrier trial, race after race. He won the Canonbury Stakes by a comfortable four and half lengths, the Breeders’ Plate, the 2 year old jewel in the crown – the Group 1 Golden Slipper - and the Group 1 Sire’s Produce before just missing out on the final leg of the 2 Year Old Triple Crown by an agonisingly small margin. He was Champion 2 Year Old Colt in Australia in 2007-2008 and rightly so, he was outstanding.
Lot 404 Sebring x Demanding
Last week marked the finale of the major sales season for me and as I marched around Inglis’ sales ground looking for Champions, just as I did back in 2007, I came across a lovely big, strong colt with a fantastic shoulder who seemed to be telling his admirers that he thinks he is the man. He had the most wonderfully determined walk, something that I look for when purchasing yearlings as this attitude is usually translated to their track work. Yes you guessed it, he was by SEBRING. Lot 404, Sebring x Demanding caught my eye immediately. Backing up his wonderful sense of presence and well conformed physique is a very strong pedigree page. Demanding has produced five winners, to include Listed winners, Spacecraft and Phenomenons. Demanding herself won twice at 1200 and 1400 metres and she is a half sister to multiple Listed winner Victory Dash and Group 2 placed Tempest Command. The latest pedigree update came on Saturday, only three days after I purchased this magnificent colt. His half brother, Washington Heights (Commands x Demanding) ran first up in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes, in a very hot field of well performed 2 year olds. He ran second, a big ask for any 2 year old. Demanding has once again produced another star.
Sebring Standing at Widden Stud
As a stallion, Sebring has recently reached the great heights that he showed on the race track. Last Saturday saw Criterion (Sebring x Mica’s Pride) win the Group 1 Australian Derby in superb style. Randwick’s previous meeting saw Dissident (Sebring x Diana’s Secret) take out the Group 1 Randwick Guineas and Sebring wasn’t stopping at Randwick. Bring Me The Maid (Sebring x Maid For Me) won the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes before finishing third in the Group 1 Golden Slipper and Believe Yourself (Sebring x Private) took out the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes before finishing fourth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper. Sebring was always going to be a terrific stallion as he had the physique, the attitude and the raw ability and it seems that many of his offspring have inherited these traits. The traits that make a true Champion.
This imposing colt, Lot 404, was going nowhere other than Tulloch Lodge, a moment of déjà vue.