The Group Two-winning son of Shamardal has made a promising start to his stud career, with two winners and a stakes performer from just seven runners to date and has been represented by a host of promising horses at the trials.
Ghibellines’ first winner was the John and Karen Parsons-trained gelding El Gladiador, while trainer Lance Robinson produced impressive filly Live Drama to win at Riccarton in March in her only start to date.
“Live Drama looks really impressive and I know Lance Robinson is talking early Guineas races,” White Robe Lodge Stud Manager Wayne Stewart said.
“There is also Ranger who was placed in the Champagne Stakes (Listed, 1600m) for Debbie Sweeney and Roger James has a very high opinion of Minnalllines, who finished second to subsequent stakes winner Rainbow Dash at her only start. She won a trial impressively on Monday.
“There is a good vibe about them. He has had a lot of trial winners and Te Akau have a smart filly called Crystal Bellini. He will have quite a few more runners in the next month or two.
“He has just got a lot happening and it is all good positive feedback. They are showing good natural ability and they were always going to be better autumn two-year-olds and spring three-year-olds.”
Staying influences Raise The Flag ($6,000+GST) and Gallant Guru ($4,000+GST) complete the roster for the Mosgiel nursery.
“Raise the Flag has had good results this year with Orepuki Lad who won the Invercargill Cup (2600m) and the Dunedin Cup (Listed, 2400m) and looks like one of the more exciting stayers in New Zealand at the moment,” Stewart said.
“There is still a lot of interest from Australia in his stock. You have Yogi winning the Sandown Cup (Listed, 3200m) and he has won in excess of $600,000 and Chequered Flag certainly looks a potential jumping star in the making.
“Gallant Guru keeps on producing good bread and butter horses week in and week out.
“He’s had a good season with Patrick Erin winning the Metropolitan (Gr.1, 2400m) and will stand at $4,000.“Gallant Boy won the White Robe (Gr.3, 1600m) this year too.”