Henny Hughes shuttles to Walmac Farm

Rangeview Stud has clinched a deal to shuttle Henny Hughes back to Kentucky for the 2013 northern breeding season.  He will stand at Walmac Farm in Lexington.

Henny Hughes (USA) began his stallion career at Sheikh Mohammed’s Kentucky base and shuttled to Darley Australia until his sale to Rangeview owners Robbie and Jody Gray earlier this year.

He hasn’t looked back since transferring to Western Australia.  “What a brilliant year Henny Hughes has had,” Walmac Farm’s John T L Jones III said.  “He’s arguably the top sire of precocious two year-old performance in North America today.

“He’s the leading sire of two year-old stakes winners and getting such a freak of a filly in Beholder who impressed us all with her two-turn victory in the Breeders’ Cup.”

In addition to Beholder, Henny Hughes is represented by 2012 juvenile stakes winners Star Contender, winner of Canada’s important Cup and Saucer Stakes, and last week’s Japanese Listed winner Keiai Leone.

There are 22 winners among his latest Kentucky bred crop of juveniles and they have earned $2.23 million.  He is running second to Harlan’s Holiday (24 winners – $2.77 million) in both categories.

Overall, Henny Hughes has sired 32 stakes horses and the earners of more than $10.13 million.  There are 11 winners to date among his first crop in Australia.

“We had several studs interested but Walmac were extra keen,” Robbie Gray said.  “They put a deal on the table and were very easy to deal with.

“John Jones wanted Henny Hughes back in Kentucky after Beholder won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies.  We’re very happy with the arrangement and it justifies our decision to buy the horse outright this year.”

Walmac Farm has been one of Kentucky’s leading studs for over 40 years and has been home to champions sires the calibre of Alleged, Nureyev and Miswaki.  Former Heytesbury Stud stallion Is It True also shuttled from Walmac to Western Australia in the 1990s.

Henny Hughes will complete his first Sunspeed book at Rangeview in the next fortnight.  He has covered over 80 mares at a $7,700 (inc gst) service fee.

– Karl Patterson