A real blue-chip New Zealand pedigree backs this excellent colt purchased from the famous Pencarrow Stud at last week’s NZB Premier Sale at Karaka. The colt was purchased for NZD $220k and has all the hallmarks of a Caulfield Guineas type three-year-old who could get a Derby trip later in the season. He’s from the last crop of Champion stallion O’Reilly from a family of Stakes winners, with his pedigree matched by his physical presence and athleticism. Added to this the colt scored extremely highly in the Matchem genetic testing process (top 6.85% of horse population), which we’ve invested significant time, money and effort in sourcing. He’s got a lot going for him and were extremely excited to have him to train.
While O’Reilly’s story has unfortunately ended, his sons and daughters will continue to make their mark on both the track and in the breeding barn. An amazing stallion that has covered all spectrums. It is no surprise he has worked well with the Danehill/Redoute’s Choice mares, being able to produce quality racehorses over a variety of distances as those two stallions both did. Two recent examples of crossing O’Reilly with a Redoute’s Choice mare have resulted in champion miler and probably O’Reilly’s best son in Sacred Falls, and probably his most promising son in Apiata.
This colt’s dam Papilio was a stakes-winner herself, and is from a great NZ family that is littered with stakes winners, tracing back to Champion European mare Habibti and more recently top class NZ filly Lafleur. This type of family is generally hard to buy into as there are still black type performers coming through including the likes of highly promising mare Zasorceress, currently in work with Darren Weir. A second foal by O’Reilly should give Papilio every chance to make her mark in this family and continue with the dam line’s success.
The colt has remained in New Zealand where he’ll spell for eight weeks at Hallmark Stud, near Hamilton. He’ll return to Australia to be broken in early-April and from there embark on a preparation geared towards the three-year-old classics. He’s also fully paid up for the rich Karaka Millions race series in NZ which features a $1 million mile race for three-year-olds.