New shuttler Cable Bay promised lavish reception in Australia
Breeder of Black Caviar lining up 50 mares for son of Invincible Spirit
On the face of it, news that Cable Bay is off to Australia for the next southern hemisphere season merely adds his name to an ever longer list of shuttle sires. Few standing at his level, however, can have received the kind of red-carpet treatment being prepared for the young Highclere stallion.
The son of Invincible Spirit, who stands at £5,000 and has his first foals on the ground this spring, will be joining the likes of Written Tycoon at Woodside Stud in Victoria. But the deal, which also involves B2B Bloodstock, has no more fervent participant than Rick Jamieson of Gilgai Farm. For such is the excitement of Black Caviar's breeder, following an inspection of the stallion at Highclere, that he has promised no fewer than 50 mares for Cable Bay.
"After months and months of assessing stallion pedigrees from Australia and abroad, we found Cable Bay to be exactly what we are after," Jamieson enthused. "We believe we've found a stallion with a fantastic pedigree make-up and the potential for greatness.
"He is very much like his sire and his foals are certainly in the same mould. I was incredibly impressed with the whole group I saw at Highclere Stud. We will be sending 50 of our very best and most suitable mares, as it is my personal challenge with the partners to turn Cable Bay into a highly successful stallion in Australia."
Cable Bay is out of a half-sister to the dam of two Group 1 winners in Mastery and Kirklees, while the second dam is the Haydock Sprint Cup winner Cherokee Rose - herself a half-sister to multiple New Zealand champion sire Volksraad. It is also the family of Mukhadram.
Trained by Charles Hills, Cable Bay finished second in both the Richmond and Dewhurst Stakes at two, and held his form well to win Group 2 and 3 prizes over seven furlongs at four.
"This was a very interesting and exciting proposition," said John Warren of Highclere. "We have been extremely impressed with the team's commitment to making the stallion in the southern hemisphere. With the quality of their mares and intended level of support, Cable Bay has every chance of becoming a great success.
"Highclere Stud have heavily supported him in the northern hemisphere, with plenty of lovely mares, and are receiving tremendous feedback on the foals from UK breeders."