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Heytesbury To Stand Husson Lightning
Heytesbury Stud has "purchased outright" Gr3-winning 3YO sprinter Husson Lightning (Hussonet-Snip Snip, by Snippets) to stand at its Western Australian farm this year (alongside Saxon, Lord Dane & Fighting Falcon). Husson Lightning was the 1st Australian-bred stakes-winner by star Arrowfield Stud stallion & multiple Chilean champion sire Hussonet (Mr Prospector-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba) when he won the Gr3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington in November 2006; in the last fortnight Hussonet has notched major Gr1 triumps via both triple Gr1-winning boom 3YO gelding Weekend Hussler (winner of the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate over 1100m at Caulfield on February 23 & odds-on favourite for tomorrow's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington) & 2YO colt Reaan (winner of the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield on February 23). Husson Lightning (a $180,000 yearling consigned by Arrowfield at the 2006 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast) has notched 2 wins & 6 placings (including runner-up on debut in 2006's Listed Breeders Plate over 1000m at Randwick, plus 2007 runner-ups in the Magic Millions Classic over 1200m at the Gold Coast, Gr2 International Animal Health Silver Slipper Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill, Gr3 Skyline Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & Listed Concept Sports Stakes over 1410m at Flemington) from 15 starts for $457,850 earnings. Heytesbury managing director Paul Holmes à Court noted: "He possesses every quality we look for in a stallion: sire line, dam line, performance & conformation. He really is the all-round package & we expect him to be very popular at stud this year. Stallions like this don't come around very often & when they do, they don't usually stand in WA." David Hayes (trainer of both Husson Lightning & Reean) added: "Husson Lightning was my favourite yearling at the Gold Coast sale & we bought him to win the Magic Millions. He was clearly the best spring 2YO in the country & ran a close 2nd in the Magic Millions, so our confidence in him was well founded. He was fast, tough, sound & precocious: all the attributes needed for a sire to make it in the Southern Hemisphere."