Chatswood Stud’s Greg Willis is just back from Ireland after inspecting his exciting new shuttler Amadeus Wolf at the Irish National Stud in County Kildare.
“He looks better in the flesh than the photos I had seen of him and he looks great in his photos,” Willis said this week. “And his first crop of Irish foals are cracking types, too.”
Amadeus Wolf is a son of Mozart who was Danehill’s fastest son. The Chatswood newcomer was just as precocious as a juvenile winning the G2 Gimcrack Stakes at York’s Ebor Festival and the G1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
His affinity with York was rekindled as a four year-old in 2007 when he won the G2 Duke of York Stakes from Red Clubs and Soldier’s Tale in arguably his finest performance. That form-line stacked up a month later when Soldier’s Tale defeated Takeover Target in a thrilling finish to the G1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Duke of York Stakes has been won by Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) and Indian Ridge (Ahonoora) who both went on to carve out successful careers at stud. Invincible Spirit was Europe’s Champion first-season sire and he also shuttled between the Irish National Stud and Chatswood for three years.
“Amadeus Wolf was a sprinter, pure and simple,” Willis said. “He won a 2yo maiden on debut and ended the season with a Group 1 victory in the Middle Park. His first Irish foals look like they will go early and I’m confident they will also jump straight out of the blocks in Australia.”
Amadeus Wolf (Mozart – Rachelle by Mark Of Esteem) was retired to stud in 2008 and his first foals were in demand at the European Sales late last year. They sold up to the equivalent of AUD 96,000 including a session-topping colt at Goffs in November.
Leading bloodstock agent Ross Doyle was forthright with his views on Amadeus Wolf. “His foals are nice types with plenty of size,” he claimed. “His Goffs weanlings were a good bunch.”
Amadeus Wolf will stand for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee at Chatswood Stud this season alongside Racer’s Edge, Rakti, Niello, Primus and Masterpiece.