Breed-shaping stallion Success Express (USA) has passed away peacefully at Vinery Stud. He was aged 30.
Raced by Eugene Klein and prepared by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lucas, Success Express was an exceptional two-year-old winning the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 1987 at Hollywood Park.
Success Express (Hold Your Peace – Au Printemps by Dancing Champ) first arrived in Australia in 1989 after being imported by Robert Holmes a Court to stand at Wallan in Victoria. He was then sent to Trelawney Stud in New Zealand and, after Holmes a Court’s death, was purchased by successful Queensland breeder Peter Moran.
Relocated to Widden Stud, he stood in the Hunter Valley between 1993 and 1997 before further moves to Moran’s Noble Park Stud in Queensland, Chatswood Stud in Victoria and finally to Vinery in 2004.
Success Express progeny earned more than $37 million at a 73% winning strike-rate. Among his Group 1 winners were Polar Success (Golden Slipper), Savannah Success (NZ Oaks) and Mossman (QTC Classic).
Mossman has been his best son at stud and Key Business was a very successful sire in Western Australia. Moran also bred three Hunter Valley sires from his Success Express mare Staging – Excites (Vinery), Tickets (Widden) and Duporth (Kitchwin Hills).
Success Express is the damsire of three Cox Plate winners, Savabeel, Pinker Pinker and Shamus Award and he achieved all the accolades from an average book of just 66 mares during 18 seasons at stud.
Declining fertility led to his retirement from stud duties and he had been living at Vinery since 2006. A horse of great character, Success Express will be sadly missed by the partners and staff of Vinery.
Vinery sire wins the 1987 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Hollywood Park