Needs Further (Encosta De Lago) - the sire of Group 1 winner Mystic Journey - will stand the upcoming breeding season at Aquis Seymour in association with Tasmania's Armidale Stud and he will be offered to breeder's at a fee of $13,750 (inc GST).
"We are very fortunate at Aquis to have the opportunity to work with the time honoured Armidale Stud and partners in standing Needs Further at our Victorian farm, he is exactly the stallion we needed on our roster," said Aquis CEO Tony (Tubba) Williams.
"Needs Further has quickly become the leading sire in Tasmania and from his second crop, sired the exciting filly Mystic Journey who took all before her in winning the Australian Guineas and inaugural $5m All-Star Mile. With Needs Further being a son of Encosta De Lago, it feels like we are bringing Encosta De Lago's legacy back home to Victoria."
Needs Further - who has stood at seven seasons at Armidale Stud in Tasmania - is the sire of five stakes winners; Mystic Journey, Group 3 winner Deroche and Listed-winning trio Mystical Pursuit, Pateena Arena and Bold Star.
"We have had increasing interest from several mainland stud farms to stand Needs Further over the last two seasons," said Armidale stud manager David Whishaw.
"He's arguably had the best start to a stud career that any Tasmanian based stallion has had in the modern era and he really has earnt the right to access the bigger and better quality books of mares which Aquis and the Victorian market will no doubt offer."
A winner of the Carbine Club Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m), Needs Further is out of fellow Group 3 winner Crowned Glory (Danehill) - who also ran second in the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) in 2000 - making him a half-brother to dual Group 1 winner and now sire Hallowed Crown (Street Sense).
Further back, the stallion's third dam is Lady Gisella (Nureyev), who in turn produced breed-shaping sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram) and Baryshnikov (Kenmare) - who both won the Australian Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m).
"Versatility is everything in a successful sire and Needs Further possesses this undeniable quality; feature two-year-old winners, sprinter-milers and Classic three-year-olds at the highest level, a trend that will continue with support from Victorian breeders who appreciate his value," said Williams.