O’Reilly (NZ) has won his second New Zealand sires’ premiership for Waikato Stud. The Last Tycoon stallion, who won his Grosvenor Award in 2007-08, generated progeny earnings of $1.93 million.
O’Reilly has been in New Zealand’s Top 10 every year since the 2002-03 season. His leading earner this season was Silent Achiever (NZ) who claimed the G1 New Zealand Derby as well as the G2 Championship Stakes, G2 Avondale Guineas and G3 Waikato Guineas.
O’Reilly has sired 56 stakes winners worldwide, including 9 at Group 1 level, and he will stand this season at Waikato for a fee of $45,000.
Defending champion Thorn Park (Spinning World) was runner-up with earnings of $1.45 million. Windsor Park will stand him for a fee of $22,000 this year.
Fellow Waikato Stud resident Pins (Snippets) was third with prizemoney of $1.40 million. He had been runner-up in two of the last three seasons and it’s his seventh time in the Top 10. His top international performer for the second year in a row was Hong Kong Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon (NZ).
Waikato Stud started the new season by announcing Mark Chittick and his wife Lisa have taken over the reins at the world-class nursery. Chittick’s parents Garry and Mary arrived at the Matamata farm in 1993 and it has since swelled from 188ha to over 485ha and has forged an enviable international reputation breeding 24 individual Group 1 winners.
“I’m not drifting off into the sunset, just going through a process that will see Mark in control,” Garry Chittick said. “Until now, Mark’s been doing the spending and I’ve been doing the worrying. Now I can do the spending and he can do the worrying!
“It’s too big an operation for either of us to run on our own. I’m certainly going to be heavily involved in the racing side of the business and hopefully have the same success as we’ve had in the past.”
Mark Chittick has a great base for starters with a line-up headed by O’Reilly, Pins and Savabeel. Its stallion roster also includes Fast ‘N’ Famous, No Excuse Needed and Rios.
The Chitticks announced Paco Boy has been rested for the upcoming season. He shuttled from Highclere Stud to Waikato for the first time last year.
Paco Boy (Desert Style) was a G1 winner of the 2008 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp, 2009 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and 2010 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.