Top Siremaking Races - is the best a Group 2?

This weekend sees the running of the Caulfield Guineas – long lauded as a "Sire Making" race, so we thought we'd have a look at just which races do actually point to the top sires, and you could mount a strong argument the best race isn't even a Group One.

For the point of the exercise we went back 10 seasons and took the leading sires by prizemoney for the General, First Season and Second Season tables, and in the event the leading stallion raced overseas we replaced it with the highest ranked horse that raced in Australia – 19 stallions in total.

  General (Best Aus) First Season Second Season (Best Aus)
2017 Snitzel Pierro Foxwedge
2016 Street Cry (Not A Single Doubt) Smart Missile Hinchinbrook
2015 Fastnet Rock Hinchinbrook Medaglia D'Oro (I Am Invincible)
2014 Redoute's Choice I Am Invincible Sebring
2013 Exceed And Excel Northern Meteor Casino Prince
2012 Fastnet Rock Casino Prince Artie Schiller (Written Tycoon)
2011 Lonhro Written Tycoon Stratum
2010 Redoute's Choice Stratum Fastnet Rock
2009 Encosta De Lago Charge Forward Exceed And Excel
2008 Encosta De Lago Exceed And Excel Hussonet (Choisir)

Then we simply took their careers and compared firstly the races they competed in, and then the races they won.

As far as races where the best stallions compete, the top races are indeed the Golden Slipper and Caulfield Guineas but winning is not necessarily a pre-requisite.

What Is He Worth Now? The Autumn Sun Swoops in the Golden Rose

The striking Redoute's Choice colt The Autumn Sun took his place at the top of the most desirable stallion prospects in the land when he came from last to overhaul his stablemate Zousain in Saturday's $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens.

Given an ice-cold ride by Kerrin McEvoy, The Autumn Sun charged home over the last 250 metres to defeat Zousain (Zoustar) by a short-neck with the favourite Graff (Star Witness) three-quarter of a length back in third. (photos Steve Hart)

Winner of the $600,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins Plate (1600m) at Doomben last season at two, the Chris Waller-trained colt advances his record to 4 wins and 1 third from 5 starts with earnings of $1,113,021.

'I guess I don't have to say too much, he's a very good horse. When the draw came out and he drew 11 of 11 it wasn't going to be easy," Waller said.

"I know how good he is and for him to finish off over the top it was very special.

Star Colt Returns for Victoria's Champion Sire

Boom Written Tycoon colt Written By didn't disappoint his fans when he returned to the track with a successful start to his spring campaign over 1000 metres at Caulfield on Saturday.

Written Tycoon - image Grant Courtney

Written Tycoon - image Grant Courtney

The Victorian sired Blue Diamond Stakes winner, Australia's highest rated 2YO colt last season, had not raced since running third in the Golden Slipper Stakes in March.

Woodside Park's James Price believes Written By is looking like good, if not better than last season appearing to be a stronger and more mature three-year-old.

Sebring Stayer Ready for G1 Metrop

Progressive staying mare Miss Admiration was twice placed in Group I Oaks races last season and the four year-old daughter of Sebring scored a well-deserved victory in the Group III ATC JRA Trophy at Rosehill on Saturday. 

Trained by Mick Price for a syndicate headed be Segenhoe Thoroughbreds in whose colours she runs, Miss Admiration as third up from a spell in the 2400 meter staying contest and won with authority, cruising home to score by a length and three-quarters with Jay Ford in the saddle.

160 for The Legend

Soon after his grandson Showtime won the P B Lawrence Stakes G2 at Caulfield, Redoute's Choice himself took the stage, when his son Super Maxi became his 160th stakeswinner. The 5YO gelding capped a good winter campaign in with a convincing, all-the-way victory in the $100,000 WATC Belmont Newmarket 1200m LR, defeating Yeah Dardy and Rebel King.

It was his first success beyond 1100 metres which puts a Perth summer sprint campaign on the cards. Team Hawkes have prepared both horses, with Showtime among their current stars, and Super Maxi the winner of four races as a 3YO in Sydney for Arrowfield and Wayne McGuire.

Super Maxi as a yearling

Super Maxi as a yearling

Super Maxi was then sold to Perth trainer Chris Gangemi who has enjoyed considerable success with Arrowfield stable graduates, notably the multiple Group winner and Group 1 performer Rock Magic (also by Redoute's Choice).

Super Maxi was bred by Dr Dennis Bowden, David Goldfinch & Wayne McGuire from their fine racemare Ocean Challenger (by Rubiton), whose eight wins included the 2011 MVRC Tesio S. G3.

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