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Artie Schiller To Stand In Hunter Valley
The Murrurundi headquarters of Emirates Park will be the new Australian home of Artie Schiller (USA) when the dual-hemisphere serving stallion returns to these shores for the 2016 covering season. Emirates Park's new general manager, Bryan Carlson, has confirmed that the Gr1 racehorse and sire will this coming season stand in the Hunter Valley for the first time in his stud career at an advertised service fee of $22,000 (inc. GST). The announcement has come at a time when Artie Schiller's stud career has soared to new heights. The only stallion to have more than one starter in the 16-runner 2016 Golden Slipper field, Artie Schiller's 2YOs this season feature the Gr2 winner Good Standing and the Gr3 winner Flying Artie who was also Gr1-placed in Australasia's two premier juvenile events - the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes. In addition to Good Standing and Flying Artie, Artie Schiller's current 2YO crop also includes the unbeaten If Not Now When. Recent winner of the $250,000 Bendigo JC Gold Rush on debut, If Not Now When's two successes to date have returned her lucky connections $234,500 in prize money and bonuses. Significantly, Artie Schiller's current 2YO crop is the first conceived after the stallion came under the ownership of Emirates Park. The internationally acclaimed sire-son of El Prado was subsequently responsible for 110 live foals in 2013 - his largest crop in eight visits to Victoria between 2007-2015. In making the announcement, Carlson explained that it was almost inevitable for Artie Schiller to be given the opportunity of standing at stud in the Hunter Valley following the exploits of his current crop of 2YO runners. "Artie Schiller can't really do any more than he has already achieved when standing at stud in Victoria," Carlson observed. "He has had wonderful support from breeders in the Garden State and they have been largely responsible for his success in these parts to date. [Stakes winners] Vain Queen, I Love It, Lady Melksham, Big Chill, Secret Liaison and now Flying Artie were all bred by Victorian concerns and these quality runners serve as testimony to the support Victorian breeders have afforded the horse." He added: "But making Artie Schiller available in the Hunter Valley this coming season provides him with another dimension again. The region has the greatest concentration of quality broodmares in the country and an operation such as Gooree Stud, through Laser Hawk and Good Standing, have given an indication of what a greater number of NSW-based breeders might also be able to achieve." Artie Schiller is to join a Murrurundi stallion roster that already features stalwart Emirates Park sire Al Maher and the hugely promising shuttle stallion Dream Ahead (USA). Carlson also confirmed that the stud's Group winner Mulaazem will also make the switch from the stud's Victoria base and be part of a four stallion Murrurundi line-up.