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Stravinsky May Start Breeding In Aust

Thursday, 20th September 2007

Australian breeders "are likely to get their 1st opportunity to visit crack shuttler Stravinsky (Nureyev-Fire The Groom, by Blushing Groom) in 2007, with the stallion expected to be announced as an addition to the Coolmore Stud roster," reported bloodhorse.com. Stravinsky is currently among the high-profile shuttle stallions in lock-down at Sydney's Eastern Creek quarantine facility. NZ Cambridge Stud principal Sir Patrick Hogan (who has lifetime Southern Hemisphere standing rights for Stravinsky) said a final decision is yet to be made, but "discussions are on-going about the horse standing at Coolmore in Australia if the stallions in quarantine are released". Stravinsky has previously done all his Southern Hemisphere duties at Cambridge Stud & was set to return to NZ in 2007 before the equine influenza outbreak. Following that news, Hogan announced Stravinsky would not stand in NZ this year, explaining: "I made that decision quite early, because there was no way I wanted to put our industry in NZ in any risk at all. Stravinsky will certainly be back at Cambridge Stud next year & it's a shame we had to miss this year, but it was in our best interests to make that call. I think it's important that if he is not standing in NZ, there should be an opportunity for Australian breeders to use the horse. It's something that certainly interests me, because it would mean no Southern Hemisphere crop will be missed."

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