Group 1 galloper Famous Roman will relocate to Waterford Stud this year. The WA bred son of Danetime covered his first book at Cromartry Park last year.
Famous Roman (Danetime – Famous Friend by Marooned) has been purchased by Bunbury based businessman Dan Love and will stand for a $2,500 (inc gst)service fee at Coolup based Waterford Stud.
The Love family has built up a substantial bloodstock portfolio since Dan and his father Frank Love first raced Manaquil in Bunbury in 1987. The family now has over 70 mares and dominated the leader-board at the Perth Magic Millions Winter Sale last month with 25 buys under the Mega Holdings banner.
Topping the shopping list were the two top-priced foals by Blackfriars – a three-quarter brother to Playing God and the close relation to Caulfield stakes performer The Counterfeiter.
“Famous Roman looks a real good prospect and I’m confident he will make the grade at stud,” Love said. “We will support him with our own mares and we’ve priced him at $2,500 to make sure he gets the numbers.
“His sire Danetime did a tremendous job in the short time he was at stud in England and Australia. It’s the Danehill sireline over Mill Reef – Marooned and they don’t come much better than that cross.”
Famous Roman lived up to his pedigree with 7 wins from 1300m to 1800m. He broke through at Ascot in November 2007 and quickly graduated to a Listed victory in the Aquanita Stakes the following month
At the 2008 Ascot summer carnival, Famous Roman created a State record for 1500m in the G3 R J Peters Stakes at Ascot. He came from last nearing the home turn to defeat G1 winner Gilded Venom and Melbourne raider Pillar Of Hercules in 1.26.39s.
Venturing to Victoria in 2009, he was placed in Listed company at Flemington and was close-up in G1 races at Caulfield when fourth to Turffontein in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and seventh to Allez Wonder in the Toorak Hcp.
Famous Roman returned home for his second summer carnival and hit top gear with victories in the LR Northerly Stakes and G2 Lee-Steere Stakes. His main mission was the G1 Railway Stakes but it turned out to be a gift for Patinack galloper Gathering.
Visiting hoop Craig Williams taught the locals a lesson when he rode a waiting race in front at Ascot. Famous Roman was carted wide on the corner but came home with the fastest sectional to finish second in the million-dollar mile.
Danetime, an Irish bred son of Danehill, was consistently ranked among the leading sires in Europe and Australia before his premature death from a ruptured artery at Alwyn Park in September 2005.
His sire sons out here include G1 Prix Morny winner Myboycharlie (Vinery) and G1 Middle Park Stakes winner Bushranger (Eliza Park).
Apart from Famous Roman, his best Sunspeed products have been Megatic (G1 Kingston Town Classic) and Roman Time (G2 Karrakatta Plate).
For further information on Famous Roman, contact Sue Goodwin at Waterford Stud on 0427 332 442.