NZ-based Waikato Stud has delved back into the stallion market to secure Melbourne sprinter-miler Tivaci.
The Chittick family has secured a major interest in the Mike Moroney-trained stallion who will chase his first Group 1 victory in the Newmarket Hcp at Flemington on Saturday.
Bred by Bart Cummings, Tivaci was purchased by agent Paul Moroney as a yearling for $250,000. His dam Breccia (Fastnet Rock) is a half-sister to G1 Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder and G3 Chairman’s Handicap winner Pretty Pins.
Tivaci won the G3 C S Hayes Stakes (1400m) on protest over Palentino at Flemington 12 months ago and added the G3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) during the Queensland winter carnival. He was also Group 1 placed in the Cantala Stakes and Toorak Handicap during a spring campaign in Melbourne.
“We’ve always got an eye out and the competition for stallions is fierce across Australasia,” Chittick said. “Before his latest Listed win in the Kensington Stakes we were very interested and the impressive times he ran got us motivated to get moving on a deal.
“He’s by High Chaparral and 1600 metres is his limit. He’s a fantastic specimen with a great turn of foot and his pedigree will really suit our broodmare band. He will cross so well with our mares by O’Reilly, Pins and Savabeel.
“He really is a big, strong and imposing horse and we’re looking forward to the rest of his racing career before he comes to Waikato Stud later this year.”