Leading Sunspeed breeder Ron Sayers has purchased Champion colt Gingerbread Man to stand in West Australia this year.
The announcement comes a month after Sayers signed Champion New York stallion Frost Giant for shuttle duties to Yarradale Stud in 2013.
Gingerbread Man (5h Shamardal – Quaffle by Hurricane Sky) was the leading sprinter-miler of his generation in Singapore. He was crowned Champion 2YO and Champion 3YO before returning to win the G2 Stewards Cup as a 4YO in 2012.
Gingerbread Man was sold by Rothwell Park at the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions. The Murrurundi based nursery also offered G1 Epsom Hcp winner Secret Admirer a month later at the Inglis Classic Sale.
His sire Shamardal has been a sensation at stud after career that saw him annex the French 2000 Guineas – Derby double in 2005. The Darley stallion’s oldest progeny are only six year-olds and there have already been 50 stakes winners of 95 stakes races world-wide.
Gingerbread Man is his latest Group 1 winning son to stand at stud in Australia following Captain Sonador (Raheen Stud) and Lope de Vega (Patinack Farm).
Captain Sonador was a G1 winner of the 2010 Epsom Hcp at Randwick and, like Gingerbread Man, is from a Bletchingly-line broodmare.
Gingerbread Man earned rave reviews from the outset in Singapore after defeating NZ youngster Big River (General Nediym) as an early-season two year-old at Kranji. The runner-up was a Listed winner of the Wellesley Stakes at Trentham before transferring to Singapore.
He then reeled off another comprehensive victory in the G3 Magic Millions Juvenile Championship. “Gingerbread Man is most exciting,” champion jockey Joao Moreira claimed. “Once I pushed the button, he just put them away.”
Moreira predicted there was a lot of improvement to come and he lived up to that promise in the 2011 Singapore 3YO Championship.
The Shamardal colt won the G3 Sprint and G2 Classic before completing the Triple Crown with a dominant display in the G1 Singapore Guineas. “We knew he had the ability and the potential,” trainer Bruce Marsh explained after the clean-sweep. “And the class factor helped him run the 1600 metres right out.”
Gingerbread Man’s dam Quaffle combines speed and stamina in her pedigree. She is a half-sister to Listed QTC Lightning Hcp winner Golden Snitch (Unbridled’s Song).
Second dam Sydney’s Spy (Snippets) is a half-sister to G1 AJC Epsom Hcp winner Iron Horse (Zephyr Zip) and his third dam Spyglass (Sir Sian) was a G1 winner of the NZ Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and Auckland Cup (3200m).
Gingerbread Man’s introductory service fee will be announced next month.