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Aust Breeders Must Look Abroad: Howard
Randwick Bloodstock's Brett Howard remains steadfastly passionate in his endeavour to encourage the Australian broodmare owner to think outside the square. "If the Australian breeder is to stem the tide of Northern Hemisphere bred horses from taking our major races, one way to help the cause is via the importation of mares from the Northern Hemisphere," he says. Howard continues: "If Australia is to remain at the forefront of world thoroughbred breeding we must continue to aggressively pursue the importation of this new blood. In both quality and quantity the results these mares have produced here are special. For example, North American bred mares presently account for 3% of the Australian broodmare population, however, this season their progeny have won nearly 10% of the black type races run." Howard observes: "The Moonee Valley races run last week highlight just how pre-potent these mares are." He goes on to cite stakes winners Tawteen (from a US mare); Adelaide (IRE), Prince of Penzance (dam US bred), Moonovermanhattan (2nd dam GB bred), Galaxy Pegasus (2nd dam US bred), Suavito (2nd dam GB bred) and Lumosty (dam IRE bred) as examples. If that isn't impressive enough, Howard cites an esteemed list of horses whose dams or second dams were bred in the Northern Hemisphere: Kingston Town, Redoute's Choice, Zabeel, Exceed and Excel, Encosta De Lago, Flying Spur, Pierro, Makybe Diva, Northern Meteor, Foxwedge, Maldivian, Mentality, Miss Finland, and Criterion, inter alia. Early in November the Kentucky-based auction houses Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland host the world's largest collection of breeding stock for sale, and Howard is encouraging Australian breeders to think "big picture" and explore the possibility of importing a mare or two from these US sales. "In five or ten years we can look back and say our trip to Kentucky in 2014 made a positive contribution to the Australian breeding industry," Howard said. "To date our purchases from these sales have done exactly that, so there's no reason to suggest 2014 will not be any different." For sales catalogues and more information please contact Brett Howard on 02 4998 6488 or visit randwickbloodstock.com.au.