Chatline has overcome several setbacks to get his stud career back on track in Western Australia.
The younger half-brother to champion sire Snippets will serve his first Sunspeed book at Boallia Park this year. Owner Chris Martin will stand him as foundation sire at the Quindalup stud near Cape Naturaliste.
Chatline (Royal Academy – Easy Date by Grand Chaudiere) won five races in NSW and Victoria and, with a stallion’s pedigree, should have received plenty of support at stud.
Victorian breeder Lou Bartolo advertised Chatline to stand his first season at Apparel Lodge at Creswick but ASB records show he didn’t cover any mares.
Transferred to Bengalla Stud in NSW the following year, Chatline only served a handful of mares before studmaster Michael Fitzgerald insisted the horse be removed due to mounting debts.
In limbo for two years until those disputes were resolved, Chatline finally returned to the breeding barn in 2009 and covered three books at Carin Park back in Victoria.
Carin Park’s Maggie Cumming dispersed the stud’s stallions earlier this year and that gave Martin the opportunity to stand him in Western Australia. “Through no fault of his own, Chatline didn’t get a fair go until he stood at Carin Park,” Martin said. “His oldest Victorian progeny are rising two year-olds so hopefully they can get up and run for him next season.”
Besides Snippets (Lunchtime), Chatline is also a half-brother to G2 AJC Apollo Stakes winner Quick Score (Pag-Asa) and the dams of Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice), Rewaaya (Singspiel), Forensics (Flying Spur) and Zizou (Fusaichi Pegasus).
“He’s by Royal Academy and he goes alright as a sire of sires through Bel Esprit,” Martin continued. “It’s a brilliant, all-speed pedigree and he’s got the looks and temperament to back it up. I own several mares by Marooned and they should cross nicely with him.”
Chatline is still only a 12 year-old and will stand for a $2,750 (inc gst) service fee this year. Broodmare owners can contact Martin on (08) 9755 1139 or 0488 355 181.