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4 Oaks Mares In Foal To Soviet Star
NZ's The Oaks Stud "will shortly welcome the arrival of 4 foals by Nureyev stallion Soviet Star," reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. Soviet Star shuttled to NZ's Haunui Farm in 1999 for 1 season (leaving progeny including Champion galloper Starcraft). Stud manager Rick Williams revealed 4 mares at The Oaks "are currently in the MAF-approved quarantine area on the property after arriving from Ireland, & all are due to foal to Soviet Star within the next fortnight". The Oaks Stud is the southern hemisphere base for exciting young stallions Spartacus (Danehill-Teslemi, by Ogygian), Traditionally (Mr Prospector-Personal Ensign, by private Account) & Bachelor Duke (Miswaki-Gossamer, by Seattle Slew), with the latter 2 stallions shuttling from Ballylinch Stud in Ireland (home to Soviet Star). Williams noted: "If you look at the success Soviet Star had from that single crop in NZ, it's just phenomenal. I was keen to stand the horse a couple of seasons ago; however given his age (Soviet Star is now 21), it was considered in his best interest to remain in Ireland & sending mares to him Southern Hemisphere-time was the next best option." As well as 4-time Gr1 winner Starcraft, Soviet Star's NZ progeny also include: Russian Pearl (winner of the NZ Gr1 Levin Classic as a 3YO, followed by the Ladies Purse at his 1st start in Hong Kong & finishing runner-up to Vengeance Of Rain in the Gr1 HK Derby); Stardane (winner of the Gr3 Hawkes Bay Guineas); Phoenix Gold (winner of the Macau Guineas); stakes-winning mare Fialnte Etoile (runner-up in the Gr1 NZ Oaks); & multiple Queensland winner Champion Star (winner of the Listed QTC Easter Cup). The Oaks purchased the mares South Carolina (by Southern Halo) & Jolie Femme (by Mark Of Esteem) at UK Tattersalls before mating them with Soviet Star; Ballylinch Stud-owned mares Solas Mo Chroi (by King's Theatre) & Colourship (by Rainbow Quest) complete the quartet. The resulting progeny "will be prepared for sale in the Southern Hemisphere by The Oaks Stud".