Grandview Stud signs Whittington

Grandview Stud has secured stakes winning sprinter Whittington for its Peak Crossing property in South East Queensland.

He will stand for an introductory fee of $8,800 (inc gst).

Whittington (Tale of the Cat) exploded on to the scene as an early-season two year-old and had three lengths to spare in the 2013 edition of the LR Breeders Plate at Warwick Farm.  “He’s the best colt in Sydney,” trainer Gai Waterhouse declared.  “These Breeders’ Plate winners always perform…he’s strong, determined and well put-together.”

Gai’s most recent Breeders’ Plate winners had been Sebring (2008) and Pierro (2012).  The race has also been won by Luskin Star, Baguette, Choisir, Charge Foward, Snitzel, Smart Missile and this year’s winner Vancouver

Whittington came back as a three year old and created a new track-record of 61.77s against older horses in the Magic Millions Sprint (1100m).

Now trained by John Thompson, he has been nominated for the LR Chief De Beers Hcp (1110m) at Doomben this Saturday, April 11 and will then be set for the major sprints during the Brisbane winter carnival.

Whittington will be the foundation stallion at Grandview Stud.  “We’ve had several approaches before but knocked them,” Grandview Stud owner Michael Grieve said.  “I followed him as a racehorse and he ticked all the boxes – I think he’s an ideal horse for the Queensland market.”