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NZ Champ Sire Crested Wave Euthanased

Monday, 10th April 2006

NZ's 1990-91 champion sire Crested Wave (Crozier-Fading Wave, by Quibu) has been euthanased aged 30. His star progeny include: 1991 Australian Gr1 Cox Plate winner Surfers Paradise (Crested Wave-Lady Aythorpe) who that season also won the Gr1 NZ Derby, Gr1 NZ 2000 Guineas, Gr1 Air New Zealand Stakes & Australia's Gr1 Rosehill Guineas; Surface (Crested Wave-Kosha) who won the NZ Gr1 Otaki Weight-For-Age, NZ Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint & NZ Gr1 Thorndon Mile; Drought (Crested Wave-Patronia) who won Australia's Gr1 Caulfield Stakes; Plume (Crested Wave-Willow Vale) who won the Gr1 NZ 1000 Guineas; Winning Wave (Crested Wave-Beryl) who won the NZ Gr1 Thorndon Mile; & Moire (Crested Wave-Little Tern) who won the NZ Gr1 Easter Handicap. Overall Crested Wave produced 11 individual Gr1 winners of 16 Gr1 races, among 294 individual winners (25 stakes-winners) in the US, South Africa, Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Caledonia, Australia & NZ. Crested Wave commenced his stud career at Haunui Farm in Auckland & Haunui's Ron Chitty noted Crested Wave "pioneered stallion partnerships in NZ between the major studs. He was purchased from the US (where he was a Gr1-winner) for NZ$1 million by a group of 10 NZ studs in a joint venture not previously seen on this scale. He was a very successful sire & has proved an equally successful broodmare sire. He was every stud-master's dream when it came to handling him." Crested Wave moved several years ago from Haunui Farm to Wynyard Lodge in Canterbury & then to Gisborne (where he was believed to have become infertile); for the past 5 years he has been based at Cheval Stud, where Frank Drummond "used him as a teaser stallion & also to cover some of his own mares," reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. Drummond "has retained the last foal sired by Crested Wave (a 2YO filly from Fiery Lass) & plans to race her".

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