It is timely that, so close to the running of the 2012
WS Cox Plate, the first foal for Beatus has arrived this week.
A ¾ brother to the outstanding galloper Fields Of Omagh – part an elite group of 11 champions to have won Australia's biggest weight-for-age contest on more than one occasion – Beatus has well and truly stamped this new arrival.
A daughter of the Jeune mare Kalahanna, a dark brown, near black filly (pictured) arrived on 1000 Guineas Day – October 17… and she looks very much like her sire.
An imposing dark stallion who stands at 16hh, Beatus is built very much in the mould of his sire Rubiton who in turn threw strongly to his sire Century and grandsire Better Boy.
What a great line of stallions this is – Better Boy, Century and Rubiton all legends of the Australian turf.
One of the best stallions to have ever stood in Victoria, Better Boy stood during an era when big books were not the norm but still he made his mark siring 36 stakes winners.
Boasting a terrific winners-to-runners strike rate of 71%, Better Boy sired such high class gallopers as Cap D'Antibes, Craftsman, Reckless and Tolerance – all multiple Group One winners.
And of course there was Century, a champion sprinter and a champion stallion – well represented by 45 stakes winners including Century Miss, Double Century, Centro, Valley Of Georgia, Centaurea and Euclase.
His best was the mighty Rubiton. A ten times winner from 16 starts, four times successful at Group One level and only the second Cox Plate winner to sire a Cox Plate winner.
What a proud tradition of Victorian breeding Beatus represents and Fields Of Omagh is not only connection to Cox Plate history – the young stallion being a descendant of the famed matriarch Gondolette, also ancestress of the champion Might And Power.
Beatus (pictured) stands for a great value fee of $3300 (incl gst) at Bombora Downs on the Mornington Peninsula. A Flexi Free Return and Extended Terms are available – for further information contact Dawn Bardwell on 0438 356 592.