In a massive boost to the New Zealand stallion ranks, Sir Patrick Hogan has announced that Stravinsky will return to his famous Cambridge Stud for the coming season after a shuttle run absence of two years.
Stravinsky did not return to New Zealand in 2007 due to the Equine Influenza outbreak in Australia. His return from Japan was not possible again last year due to the quarantine protocols.
The return of Stravinsky is seen as a massive bonus for the New Zealand breeding industry. The Nureyev stallion is utterly-proven and his progeny continue to be highly commercial in the selling arena.
Stravinsky is the sire of 521 winners from 750 runners and his success is spread across no fewer than 29 countries. His 55 individual black type winners include 7 Group 1 winners. Stravinsky’s key performers in Australia – this season alone – include the stakes winners Bird of Fire, Miss Maren, Kirvinsky and Miss Scarlatti.
Stravinsky is currently in second position on the Singapore Stallion Premiership with his best performer, Tuxedo Moon, being the winner of his last six races straight.
The commercial appeal of the stock of Stravinsky is evidenced by his results at both Karaka and Sydney this year. At Karaka Stravinsky had 31 yearlings sell for an average of $195,194. His best seller – and the second top lot of the sale – was the filly from Diamond Smile which fetched $775,000 to the bid of Dean Hawthorne.
At the Sydney Easter Sale Stravinsky’s yearlings sold up to $460,000, with an average price paid of $198,750 (4 to sell).
“Stravinsky will travel via both America and Australia and quarantine in both places before arriving in New Zealand,” Sir Patrick Hogan said. “I expect his book to be full within a short period of time,” Sir Patrick added.
The fee for Stravinsky has been set at $35,000 + gst (live foal guarantee) and his book will be limited to 110 mares.