Precocious colt Unencumbered will stand the 2014 season at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds in Victoria.
He has been retired sound from racing and will begin stud duties eight years after his sire Testa Rossa transferred out of Victoria to the Hunter Valley.
Unencumbered (2c Testa Rossa – Blizzardly by More Than Ready) won on debut as an early-season juvenile at Randwick and then added a Group 3 in the B J McLachlan Stakes at Doomben. He started a pronounced favourite in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and cruised home to pocket a $2 million pay-day on the Gold Coast.
“We are happy retire him now as we believe he’s done enough,” Three Bridges owner Peter Liston said. “He put himself in some very good company winning the Magic Millions.”
Champion sire Snippets won the inaugural Magic Millions and other successful stallions on the honour-roll include General Nediym, Testa Rossa and Bradbury’s Luck. Classic placegetters include Snitzel and Not a Single Doubt.
“Victoria has stood sires like Encosta de Lago, Danzero, Flying Spur and of course Testa Rossa only to lose them to the Hunter Valley,” Listed added. “So we would love to see Unencumbered succeed and remain a leading sire in Victoria.”
Unencumbered has speed to burn on the bottom half of his pedigree, too. His dam Blizzardly is a daughter of More Than Ready and she was a precocious juvenile winning the LR Keith Mackay Stakes at Randwick.
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds will stand Unencumbered for a $13,200 (inc gst) service fee alongside Stryker (Fastnet Rock).