Dick Turpin raises the bar in WA

Mungrup Stud shuttler Dick Turpin (Ire) has helped revive the fortunes of the English National Stud and he’s also been a genuine coup for Western Australia.

Dick Turpin is the only active stallion to have retired to Western Australia as a multiple Group 1 winner.  And he arrived with a Timeform rating of 127 – the highest ranking of any stallion in the Sunspeed State.

Dick Turpin has been embraced by British breeders and has just finished his second 100 plus book of mares at Newmarket.  That’s helped the National Stud turn the corner with a record operating profit in the last financial year.

“Securing a horse of his calibre really raises the bar for Western Australia,” Mungrup studmaster Gray Williamson said.  “Dick Turpin was a world-class racehorse and he has global appeal with a pedigree that has already worked here.”

Dick Turpin was undefeated in his first four starts as a two year-old including the G2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.  He returned at three to defeat Canford Cliffs in the G3 Greenham Stakes at Newmarket before Group 1 seconds in the English & French 2000 Guineas and St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He was never beaten outside of Group 1 company and earned that Timeform 127 rating with a sensational four-length victory in the prestigious G1 Prix Jean Prat (1600m) at Chantilly.  “He was brilliant,” jockey Richard Hughes declared.  “To accelerate like that after going such a good pace was very impressive.”

Champion trainer Richard Hannan also gave Dick Turpin a rousing vote of confidence.  “He was a Group 2 winning two year-old and that will appeal to commercial breeders.  He proved his class on the racecourse time and time again and that great turn of foot served him well in his Group 1 victories.”

Williamson and the Mungrup team can’t wait to see his first southern foals due in August, especially after some glowing reports from England.  “We are very pleased with his first foals,” National Stud spokesman Nicholas Wrigley said.  “The lovely thing is that they are cracking lookers.”

An outstanding Dick Turpin colt from Riccoche (Oasis Dream) is one the standout foals at Kirtlington Stud in Oxfordshire.

Kirtlington has welcomed foals by the likes of Sea The Stars, Fastnet Rock, Makfi, Invincible Spirit, New Approach and Exceed And Excel this year.  “Our Dick Turpin is a big, strong colt,” Kirtlington manager Chris Budgett said.  “And he has a great temperament.”

Dick Turpin (Arakan) represents the Nureyev sireline which is responsible for champion stallions Thorn Park, Starcraft, Stravinsky and Mungrup based champion Oratorio (Aus).

He hails from the immediate family of world-wide influence Zeddaan which is the sireline of Kenmare and his Sunspeed champions Metal Storm and Verglas.  His damsire Sharrood (Caro) is by the same sire as Cheraw who claimed G1 WATC Derbies with The Bukhra, Heroicity, Belele while based at Limestone Park.

Mungrup has kept Dick Turpin’s fee at $8,800 (inc gst) this year.  For more details, broodmare owners can call Gray Williamson on 0427 532 103 or the stud (08) 9853 2103.

Dick Turpin – Riccoche colt pictured when five weeks old at Kirtlington Stud