Highview Stud owner Brent Gillovic has completed a deal to stand G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote (Ire) in New Zealand.
“He’s the only Group 1-winning 2yo son of High Chaparral in the world,” Gillovic said. “I was first alerted to the horse by an American agent and I went to Florida to see him in 2015.
“I liked what I saw, he’s very much in the image of his sire – a powerful, correct horse and I had hoped to purchase him, but he is owned by a group who had bought him as part of a package of horses to race and they weren’t interested in selling him.
“I couldn’t get the horse out of my mind and last year I made more inquires. Now, I’ve managed to acquire him as a shuttle stallion and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Wrote was purchased by a Coolmore Stud syndicate for 145,000gns (AUD 238,775) at the 2011 Tattersalls October yearling sale and he jumped the blocks winning Cork and Galway juveniles before crossing to Irish Sea to finish third in the G2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.
Shipped to Churchill Downs for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, he settled midfield before making headway to lead inside final furlong. He kept up a strong gallop for Ryan Moore to score by two lengths from longshot Excaper (Exchange Rate).
He returned at three for placings in the G2 UAE Derby at Meydan and G2 Irish Derby Trial at Leopardstown before bowing out in Coolmore colours when down the track in the G1 St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
High Chaparral is well known to Australasian breeders having sired Group 1 winners So You Think, It’s A Dundeel, Shoot Out, Descarado and Monaco Consul.
Wrote’s dam Desert Classic (Green Desert) hails from one of the best stallion families in the world. Her third dam is Special, the mother of Nureyev and grand-dam of Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King. It is also the family of Stravinksy who enjoyed success in New Zealand.
Wrote will shuttle from Northwest Stud in Florida where he stands for $3,000. He will join Bullbars at Highview Stud for a $5,000 (plus gst) fee.