From Luke Warm to Red Hot- Who Will it Be in 2020?

Tara Madgwick - Sunday October 11

There can be a lot of change between what happens at the end of one season and the unfolding of the next and this young stallion has the best three year-old filly in the country.

The progress of second crop sires during the spring is a big watchpoint for their respective studs as the emergence of a good horse equates to mare bookings.

Everyone has seen the stallion that started spring luke warm and ended it red hot with a flurry of racetrack success generating popularity in the breeding barn and Teofilo’s Group I winning son Kermadec has gotten himself a game changer in Montefilia.

Bred and sold by Tyreel Stud, Montefilia won on debut at two over 1400m, but has really blossomed this spring when stepped up in trip to win the Group I ATC Flight stakes (1600m) and ATC Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

Her pedigree as you can see above would not have been out of place at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale last week combining the blood of champion sires such as Galileo and Monsun, with some Sunday Silence, Last Tycoon and Diesis thrown in for good measure.

Some Australian investors have been looking hard at European yearling sales for their rising stayers as illustrated by the success of Russian Camelot, but Montefilia shows they can in fact be bred here too.


Kermadec stands at Darley this spring at a fee of $13,750.

The horse Montefilia defeated to win the Spring Champion, Lion’s Roar, is by another second crop sire in New Zealand based Contributer (IRE), a top class Group I winning son of High Chaparral.

Sons of High Chaparral have really made their mark through So You Think and Dundeel, so it will surprise nobody if Contributer adds his name to the list.


Contributer stands at Mapperley stud at a fee of $10,000.

Click for all the information on second season sires.


Stallion Parade
More Reading...
Saxon Warrior Colt Stars at Tattersalls December Foal Sale
Eleven lots sold for 100,000 guineas or more during a strong second session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. A colt by top class stallion SEA THE STARS topped the session at 170,000 guineas, with the progeny of first season stallions SAXON WARRIOR and HAVANA GREY also featuring amongst the top lots.
700,000 Guinea Dubawi Colt Tops Tattersalls Foal Sale Day 3
The Tattersalls December Foal Sale continued in robust fashion on the third day with the equal second highest price for a colt at this fixture of 700,000 guineas for a DUBAWI colt and 21 foals selling for 200,000 guineas or more. Turnover fell marginally short of last year’s figures whilst the clearance rate improved to an impressive 87%. 
NZTR to Develop Sustainable Industry Blueprint
The Board of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has announced a number of key decisions and initiatives that were recently agreed upon at its 25 November Board meeting.
Sires With Winners - Friday November 27
Here is the full list of 70 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia on Friday with winners and result details.
American Pharoah Colt Well Fancied on Debut
Cambridge trainer Tony Pike will introduce punters to a colt at Ellerslie on Saturday that could one day become their darling.
I Am Invincible Filly Impressive on Debut
David Ellis and his Te Akau Racing Syndicates are renowned for their success from purchasing out of the Karaka sale ring, but it was an I Am Invincible two year-old filly sourced from Magic Millions in Australia that had them in the winner’s list at Otaki on Thursday.
One to Watch – Canterbury
The first race at Canterbury on Friday night produced an impressive So You Think winner that delivered an exciting pedigree update for his half-brother being taken to Magic Millions in January by Valiant Stud.
One to Watch – Wyong
Golden Slipper winning sire Vancouver gave us a promising debut maiden winner at Wyong on Thursday.
Accessible and Affordable
The business of making champion stallions is a lucrative one and Australia is undoubtedly the best place in the world to find bang for buck in terms of sourcing quality colts that are the raw material from which countless millions are made.
Sires With Winners - Thursday November 26
Here is the full list of 55 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia on Thursday with winners and result details.