Hussonet hits bull’s eye with Rifleman

Champion sire Hussonet is enjoying another high-profile season and he’s having a particular impact on the Australian 3YO Sires’ premiership in 2011-12.

Hussonet’s winners in that division include the likes of Happy Hussy, Colorado Claire, Angel of Mercy, Roses in the Glen and Saturday’s eye-catching Adelaide winner Rifleman.

Rifleman (3c Hussonet – Opportunity by Redoute’s Choice) blazed over 1000 metres at Morphettville in near course-record time of 56.99 seconds.  The David Hayes trained colt was bred by the partnership which raced champion filly Miss Finland.

Rifleman’s dam Opportunity was a Moonee Valley stakes winner and descends from a precocious family headed by Catbird, County, Maizcay and Beans.

Hussonet also sired a Listed winner in NZ on Saturday when Bangalore Bullet was successful in the Gore Guineas.  He improved Hussonet’s black-type winner count to 78.

Bangalore Bullet (3c Hussonet – San Century by Centaine) was bred by Mark Treweek and purchased for $50,000 from the Lyndhurst Farm draft at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale.  He is trained by Shane Kennedy for Nearco Stud owner Louis Vieceli.

His dam San Century died two years ago but she left a lasting legacy at stud.  Her first stakes winner arrived in 2000 when Spurcent (Flying Spur) arrived in the LR AJC Gimcrack Stakes.

She is also the dam of Bangalore Bullet’s year older brother Glorious Days who is unbeaten in four starts in NZ and Hong Kong.  The John Size trained galloper will be one of the favourites for the Chinese New Year Cup at Sha Tin this Wednesday, January 25.

Although Hussonet now stands at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia, Arrowfield remains immensely proud of him and is delighted to be selling several of his yearlings in 2012, among them a pair of colts in Tuesday’s session of the Inglis Classic Sale.

Lot 463 is out of Jemison (Commands), from the family of champion Australasian 2YO Align and G2 winner Fritz’s Princess.

Lot 560 from Monte Rosa (Fraar) is a brother to stakes-placed 2YO winner Red Dress Marley, and a half-brother to Snitzerland, stakes-placed on debut at Flemington in November.