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Leading Son Of Commands Retires To Hunter Valley
Paximadia, one of Australia's leading three-year-old milers of his generation, has been retired to Lincoln Farm in the Hunter Valley to take up stud duties for the 2015 season. An imposing son of Commands, Paximadia was an impressive debut winner before ending his juvenile season with a noteworthy third in the Gr1 BRC J.J. Atkins Stakes, beaten a short head by champion Zoustar. Paximadia was a star of the VRC Spring Carnival in his 3YO campaign which commenced with a length victory in the Listed VRC Vintage Stakes (1400m), a race previously won by his sire, before leading throughout two starts later to record victory over future Gr1 Emirates Stakes winner Hucklebuck in the Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m). Paximadia achieved his third stakes victory in the space of four starts, winning the Gr2 MRC Sandown Guineas (1600m). Timeform subsequently rated him 1 pound below high class Gr1 Rosehill Guineas winner Criterion (116) which placed him amongst the top 10 Australian colts of his generation. Paximadia hails from one of the top international stallion producing families. His dam Latona is from a half-sister to deceased champion sire Street Cry and to the dam of another champion sire in Shamardal, who between them have produced over 160 stakes winners highlighted by 29 at Gr1 level. Lincoln Farm's Nick Posa said. "The horse had toughness and speed which he showed at Flemington on Derby day when sprinting from the gate to lead all the way and show a real turn of foot to defeat a Group 1 horse Hucklebuck." Posa added: "Paximadia has good size and bone but is a very strong and muscular individual typical of his sire line. Physically he has some similarities to his close relation Street Cry but overall he looks like a short course sprinter so I would be confident of him producing strong early types that will appeal to Australian yearling buyers." Paximadia will retire at a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST) and stand alongside Arlington, the Gr1 performed half-brother to Champion New Zealand sire Savabeel at a fee of $5,500 (inc. GST).