and reality are two very different things and the reality is this first season
sire has run away from his rivals while nobody was looking.
Let's be honest here, at the start of this season nobody was tipping Widden
Stud's Your Song to trouble Pierro and All Too Hard in the race to be Australia's
Champion First Season Sire.
Yet here we are with four months of the season to run and Your Song has seven
winners on his tally including the stakes-winner Split Lip
as well as Group
placed Memento and stakes-placed Peristrophe and Soundcheck.
No other sire comes close to his record which stands at seven winners from 19
runners and among those winners are recent winners Devolving and Miss Exfactor, who are both likely
to line up in stakes races before the season is out.
Why are we surprised about this success?
We shouldn't be.
Your Song is a son of Fastnet Rock, who has sired the Champion Australian First
Season Sire for the past two seasons running with Smart Missile taking the
title last year after Hinchinbrook was successful the previous year.
He was a brilliant Group I winning sprinter from a powerful international Black
Type family and was bred and raced by Gooree Stud, who gave us Northern Meteor,
the Champion First Season sire of 2012/2013.
Your Song has a lot of positives and his statistics to date compare favourably with
many of our current leading sires.
At the same point in his first season, his sire Fastnet Rock had had six
winners from 24 runners and one stakes-winner.
Snitzel had sired seven winners from 16 runners with one stakes-winner, Not a Single Doubt had sired six winners from 22 runners with no
stakes-winner and Hinchinbrook had sired four winners from 15 runners with no stakes-winner.
Your Song has done more than enough to be taken very seriously and in a year
when we have a plethora of new stallions heading off to stud, the wise investor
would look hard at a stallion that has already shown his hand and it's a good
"It's the hopes and
dreams of any stud when standing a new stallion that they prove a success and
although it's early days we're pinching ourselves at the level of ability the
Your Song progeny are displaying," said Antony Thompson.
"His runners are all attacking the line as
evidenced by his growing number of stakes performers highlighted by brilliant
filly Split Lip who burst through the pack on Saturday to take the
genuinely believe we are seeing the launch of a future champion stallion here
and I urge breeders
to think seriously about Your Song this season given he's great value and is
such a magnificent type."
The fee for Your Song is set at an affordable $22,000.
: Anthony Cummings trained Your Song throughout his career and will
saddle his first Group I runner on Saturday when promising filly Memento lines
up in the Group I ATC Champagne Stakes.
A fast closing second on debut back in November, Memento showed her class when
second to Limbo Soul when resuming from a spell at Canterbury and then ran a
blinder for third to Tulip in the Group III ATC Magic Night Stakes.
A homebred for Torryburn Stud, Memento will be well tuned for this assignment and
her trainer is no stranger to delivering a knockout blow in a big race.