The boom surrounding Hussonet and his sire sons continues to resonate around Australia.
After Hussonet sired Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler in his first Australian crop, the charge to sign his sons resembled a gold-rush.
Fast forward a few years and studmasters around the country have struck pay-dirt with the likes of Husson (NSW), Host (Vic), Reaan (SA) and Husson Lightning (WA) all making an immediate impact with their first runners.
Another son of Hussonet available to local broodmare owners is Byblos. He arrived here after covering a couple of small books in Chile where his current stud record is 17 winners at an incredible 89% strike-rate.
Kembla Grange trainer Shane Kember is looking to place Byblos at stud in 2013. “He would be an ideal horse for a studmaster looking to stand a stallion for around a $3,000 service fee,” Kember said. “There were a few hiccups when he arrived after the Equine Influenza outbreak and there have only been a couple of starters from his first NSW crop.
“I spoke to an agent with South American contacts earlier this week and Byblos sired another three winners in the first week of March,” Kember revealed. “He really does deserve a proper chance at stud here.”
Byblos (Chi) won from 1200m to 1600m as a 2YO and was also Group placed several times. He rose to the top as a 3YO winning the Group 1 Casino Municipal de Vina del Mar (1900m) on turf at the Valparaíso racetrack in Chile.
Byblos always competed against the very best in Chile at Group level throughout a stellar race career. He raced no fewer than 14 times in Group races in a 20 start career.
Byblos (Hussonet – Brittany’s Dream by Worldwatch) represents the very successful Hussonet / Northern Dancer cross and that makes him an ideal sire for Danzig – Danehill mares. His damsire Worldwatch is a son of Northern Dancer champion Nijinsky.
Kember can be contacted for further information 0419 619 095 or email: email@example.com
– Karl Patterson