Two exciting newcomers will complete the five stallion 2020 Spendthrift Australia roster, with the announcement of three-time G1-winning son of legendary War Front, Omaha Beach (USA), and dual G1-winning son of Curlin, Vino Rosso (USA) winner of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Omaha Beach will stand for $22,000 while Vino Rosso’s fee will be $13,750 for his first Southern Hemisphere season.
Both stallions demonstrated brilliance on the racetrack, are by Champion Sires and possess deep female pedigrees. They retired as the two hottest stud prospects in North America this season. The speed and versatility displayed by Omaha Beach saw him lay claim to three G1 titles as a 3-year-old over varying distances. In doing so, he became the first horse in 30 years to win a G1 over 1200m and 1800m in the same year.
When asked if Omaha Beach is as good as any he’s trained in his illustrious Hall of Fame career, Trainer Richard Mandella responded with emotion; “I can’t think of one better.”
Omaha Beach has a uniquely international pedigree littered with 11 Group 1 wins in the first two dams, including his Breeders’ Cup winning half sister, Take Charge Brandi.
A tremendous physical makeup, exceptional race record and quality pedigree make Omaha Beach the most exciting stallion prospect to date by superstar stallion War Front. The son of Danzig has made his mark as a sire of sires in Australia this season through the deeds of Declaration of War.
Boasting true breed-shaping potential, Omaha Beach will stand his debut season for $22,000 including GST.
Superstar performer Vino Rosso stormed home to win the most coveted prize in North American racing in 2019, the US$6 million G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, decimating the field by 4 1/4 lengths. This win came after he outrivaled G1 winners in the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes, beating a quality field of G1 horses.
An undefeated 2-year-old campaign and Group 2 win at three in the Wood Memorial – a race also won by Frosted, set Vino Rosso up for his outstanding 4-year-old season where earnings exceeded A$6 million (US$3.96m).
Vino Rosso is by outstanding sire Curlin and from Street Cry mare Mythical Bride. The Mr. Prospector/Street Cry cross is familiar to Australian breeders, having produced fast G1 winners Con Te Partiro, Lyre, Trekking and The Quarterback, amongst others, in recent years.
Like Omaha Beach, Vino Rosso was oversubscribed in his debut American season covering a full book. He will enter his first Australian season at $13,750 including GST.
“It’s a big vote of confidence in the Victorian breeding industry for Mr. Hughes to shuttle two of the most popular and valuable stud prospects in North America,” said Garry Cuddy, General Manager of Spendthrift Australia.
“Omaha Beach and Vino Rosso represent the best of the best, as multiple G1 winners with rich pedigrees, and like every stallion on our roster, they are by Champion Sires.”
“Omaha Beach and Vino Rosso will be afforded every opportunity at stud when supported by quality mares from the Spendthrift Australia broodmare band,” said Cuddy. “We will be active at the sales over the coming months to purchase mares that specifically complement their profiles.”
Exciting colonial Invincible Spirit-line stallion Overshare, who impressed breeders last season with his first foals, stands his third season at Spendthrift Australia at a fee of $11,000 including GST, the same fee his sire I Am Invincible stood for his first four years. Overshare covered a book of 150 mares in his second season, a direct consequence of his outstanding foal quality.
Gold Standard, the G2 Stan Fox Stakes-winning replica son of Sebring, also set a standard of gold class and quality with his first crop of foals last year. He joins Overshare in his third year at stud and will stand for $5,500 including GST.
Earlier this year Swear’s first yearlings sold for over 16 times his service fee. These results bode well for the son of sire of sires, Redoute’s Choice, and he remains in a position of affordability to breeders at a fee of $5,500 including GST.
All of Spendthrift Australia’s returning stallions, whose fees remain unchanged for 2020, continue to stand for great value and are available to breeders on one of the world’s best breeding programs in Breed Secure.
Breed Secure is the only breeder’s payment scheme allowing you to pay the service fee after you sell the resultant foal, recoup your expense allowance and secure your financial upside.
For more information about Spendthrift Australia stallions, the Breed Secure program or to set up an inspection, please contact the Spendthrift Australia team.
Office: 03 5421 5600
Garry Cuddy: 0410 451 595
Josh Rix: 0411 116 648
Spendthrift Australia’s full 2020 roster of stallions are as follows:
2020 Stallion Service Fee (Inc. GST)
Gold Standard $5,500
Omaha Beach (USA) – NEW $22,000
Vino Rosso (USA) – NEW $13,750
Spendthrift Australia News Release
Photos: Spendthrift Australia. Credit: Autry Graham