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Irish Sire Captain Gerrard $8.8k At Lindsay Park
Multiple stakes-winning Irish-bred stallion Captain Gerrard (Oasis Dream-Delphinus, by Soviet Star) will commence Australian stud duties this season at Angaston-based Lindsay Park Stud in South Australia at an $8,800 fee. On the UK track as a 2YO in 2007, the precocious son of Juddmonte's European sire sensation Oasis Dream won 5 races including the UK Gr3 Cornwallis Stakes (5 furlongs) at Ascot, Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes (5 furlongs) at Ayr & Listed Roses Stakes (5 furlongs) at York, plus 3rd in the Gr3 Molecomb Stakes (5 furlongs) at Goodwood; as a 3YO he also won 2008's UK Gr3 Palace House Stakes (5 furlongs) at Newmarket (against older horses) & last year as a 4YO finished 2nd in the UK Listed City Wall Stakes (5 furlongs) at Chester. From 3 crops to race, his multiple Gr1-winning sire Oasis Dream has produced 28 stakes-winners (4 Gr1-winners) from 278 starters (a stakes-winners-to-runners ratio over 10%, which in Australia is comparable only to Redoute's Choice at 11.2%). Lindsay Park Stud managing director Sam Hayes enthused: "We are extremely pleased to be standing a well-performed son of Oasis Dream, who is considered by many as the next big thing in the Northern Hemisphere. Thoroughbred Racing Bureau principal Rodney Rae sourced & purchased Captain Gerrard from the UK in the belief he is an ideal horse suited to Australian conditions. We are excited to be involved with Rodney in this venture & hopefully this marks the beginning of a long & fruitful relationship between the 2 companies." Rae added: "Captain Gerrard's sire line is arguably the most successful in the history of modern day racing & his dam, grand-dam & great-grand-dam boast a family that has produced 5 Gr1-winners, an additional 24 stakes-winners & 11 stakes-performers." Captain Gerrard commenced his Northern Hemisphere stud duties in 2010 at UK-based Mickley Stud in Shropshire & will continue to shuttle to & from Lindsay Park.