Windsor Park Mourn Loss of Rip Van Winkle

Media Release - Saturday August 1

It is with a heavy heart that Windsor Park Stud announce the loss of their very successful sire Rip Van Winkle following a short illness.

RIP Rip Van Winkle

By the world’s best sire Galileo, Rip Van Winkle had just completed his most successful season with a stellar year on the racetrack that included Group One winning stars Te Akau Shark and NZB Filly of The Year Jennifer Eccles.


“It’s a devasting blow for us and the industry losing a successful sire, especially one who has just enjoyed a great season on the racetrack,” Windsor Park Stud’s Rodney Schick said.

“We can only look forward to the remaining crops he has to come and to the impact his daughters are sure to make at stud.”

An international sire of 31 individual stakes winners, Rip Van Winkle had sired Group One winners over 1200m, 1400m, 1600m and 2400m and confirmed his versatility by siring Group One winners in all age categories.

As a racehorse, Rip Van Winkle, who was trained by Aidan O’Brien, was twice named world champion miler with an elite Timeform rating of 134 - the same figure earned by his record-breaking illustrious sire.

With Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner Jennifer Eccles nearing a return and promising gallopers Germanicus and Subpoenaed to run for the proven sire this spring, the progeny of Rip Van Winkle look set to fly the flag for their late sire for seasons to come. – NZ Racing Desk

More Reading...
Derby Aspirations for Tavistock 3YO
Former Kiwi three-year-old Wertheimer didn’t take long to make his presence felt across the Tasman.
Rosebud Showcases Spring Talent
The Listed ATC Rosebud Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill this Saturday showcases some talented types gearing up for spring with a horse we featured from the trials earlier this week accepting for the race.
Daily Roundup For Thursday August 6
A quick overview of today's results covering maiden winners, first season sire placegetters, second season sire winners and highest priced winners.
A Class Above
Four year-old Sebring mare Emeralds contested some of the best three year-old fillies races last season and was never beaten far, so always looked a good thing in a Benchmark 72 race at Canterbury on a Wednesday.
Best On Breeding
Choisir’s historic Royal Ascot double back in 2003 would still rank highly on many racing fan’s list of most exciting moments in the sport.
$1.4 Million Mares – Where Are They?
Audience interest in the whereabouts and performance of the most expensive broodmares sold at public auction in Australia has led to another story highlighting all of those in the popular price bracket of $1.4 million.
Another Super One Filly Salutes for Prime
Joe O’Neill of Prime Thoroughbreds is fast becoming a fan of Newgate Farm’s young sire Super One having enjoyed success at Moonee Valley last Saturday with Miss Divine Em and again at Kembla on Thursday with progressive filly Embeller.
A Closer Look at a Legend
Our ‘Closer Look’ statistical stories on various sires have been super popular with our audience and I’ve been putting off doing this one as I knew it would involve a lot of work, but I’m sure it’s a worthwhile effort as we’re delving into the record of a sire that has made the last 20 years his own.
A “Closer Look” at What Might Have Been and What Is
Not all stallions get to live long lives and fulfil their true stud potential.
Sires With Winners - Wednesday August 5
Here is the full list of 35 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.