Group winning miler Guillotine has been purchased by Windsor Park Stud. He will stand the 2009 season at the leading NZ nursery for an 8,000 (+gst) fee.
A Group winner of four races from 1200m to 1900m, including the G2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley (1600m) last spring, Guillotine has Windsor Park principal Nelson Schick excited at his stud prospects.
“I consider Guillotine to be the sharpest and most naturally gifted son of his champion Sire Montjeu to have raced in Australasia,” said Schick. “Guillotine was an outstanding type from the outset and is from an exceptional broodmare whose only two foals to race are Group winners.
“Having followed his career from the time he was a 2YO, we identified Guillotine as Montjeu’s most talented and best credentialed stallion prospect in Australasia.”
After Equine Influenza closed racing in Sydney, Guillotine won at Rosehill by six lengths and finished two lengths from Weekend Hustler in the G1 AJC Royal Randwick Guineas.
Transferred to the stables of David Hayes for his four year-old season, Guillotine won brilliantly first up over 1300m before beating some of Australasia’s best gallopers in the Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley beating Maldivian, Pompeii Ruler, Zipping, Casual Pass and Alamosa.
Guillotine was then diagnosed with a joint injury and that setback not only put paid to an autumn campaign aimed at the G1 AJC Doncaster Stakes over 1600m but the injury ultimately proved to be career-ending.
Guillotine was ranked at 116 on the 2008/09 ANZ Classifications in the mile category putting him on terms with Theseo, Mentality, Vision And Power and Niconero and ahead of Racing To Win (115), Casual Pass (115) and New Zealand Horse of the Year Mufhasa (114).
Purchased by renowned yearling judge Les Samba from the Curraghmore Stud draft at the 2006 NZB Karaka Premier Sale, Guillotine is a son of the smart racemare and outstanding producer Refused the Dance.
In addition to Guillotine, Refused the Dance is also the dam of the brilliant VRC Derby and Melbourne Cup winner Efficient, crowned Champion Australian Stayer of 2008.
Guillotine is by the champion international stallion Montjeu, sire of 64 stakes winners who last season finished second to champion sire Zabeel in the prestigious Dewar Award for combined Australasian earnings for NZ-based stallions.
Bred on the hugely successful Sadler’s Wells/Mr Prospector cross, Guillotine is scheduled to arrive at the Cambridge based stud late in August.