The late great Thorn Park was often
lamented as the one that got away by Australian breeders after his rise to
champion sire status in New Zealand, but the same mistake will not be made
A powerhouse chestnut with an electric turn
of foot, Thorn Park capped a stellar career for astute Randwick trainer Bob
Thomsen with a win in the Gr.1 QTC Stradbroke Handicap earning himself a ticket
across the Tasman and a stud career at renowned Kiwi nursery Windsor Park Stud.
Like Australian bred sprinter miler Pins,
who was also dispatched to New Zealand four years earlier, Thorn Park found
immediate success before going on to be Champion New Zealand Sire in 2011.
He died prematurely in 2012 at the height
of his fame leaving some impressive statistics that make us all wonder how good
the son of Spinning World (USA) could have been given he only ever had eight
full crops of foals.
Thorn Park had 435 runners for 307 winners
(70.6% winners to runners) with 50 of those being stakes horses (11.4% stakes
horses to runners).
His 29 stakes-winners are headed by seven
exceptional Group One winners, three of them champions that won five Group One
races each in Jimmy Choux, Ocean Park, Veyron, two more dual Group One winners
in Suavito and Norzita as well as The Party Stand and Ryan Mark.
Very few stallions produce multiple Group One
winners, so to have five of them suggests Thorn Park was a stallion of the
Depth of female pedigree, given he came
from the legendary Denise's Joy family, coupled with brilliant speed are often
touted as the key ingredients for his overwhelming success and they are shared
by his lookalike son Spieth.
Acquired by Aquis Farm late last year,
Spieth is getting ready for an autumn campaign with his new trainers David and
Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig at Lindsay Park.
Spieth will be raced by Aquis Farm and
partners in the Aquis Farm silks and the partnership will feature several
prominent industry figures who have a savvy eye for an opportunity to not only
get in early on a talented future stallion, but also the chance to race with
the Aquis Farm team.
Win, lose or draw in coming months Spieth
already has the attributes for sire success.
A $200,000 NZB Premier purchase from
Trelawney Stud, who also bred and sold Thorn Park's Cox Plate hero Ocean Park,
Spieth won five of his first eight starts before being beaten a short head in
the Gr.1 VRC Darley Classic at Flemington to Malaguerra.
Spieth resumed after a short break over
Christmas 2016 to go tantalizingly close to Group One success in the
prestigious VRC Lightning Stakes.
He went down by a short half head in a
pulsating finish with Terravista the winner and Star Turn in third place.
There is no denying his Group One ability
and on the pedigree front, Spieth is every bit as well-bred as his illustrious
Completely free of Danehill blood, Spieth
traces in tail female line to internationally renowned matriarch Fanfreluche,
whose descendants include champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying
Spur as current Group One sprint star Russian Revolution.
His dam Stella Livia (GB) is a half-sister
to Group One winner Ransom O'War and her branch of this super successful family
has also produced Champion Miler Charm Spirit (IRE), tipped to be the star
first season sire at Karaka next week after his progeny found favour at Magic
Millions earlier this month.
Whatever the future holds for Spieth on the
racetrack, his stud credentials will ensure a warm reception from astute
breeders looking for an outcross sire when he ultimately retires to Aquis Farm
later this year.-breednet.com.au