Daily News Archive
Daily News Subscription
Mongolian Khan's Perfect Caulfield Cup Mating
No more appropriate mating could have transpired in the lead up to one of Australasia's iconic staying events, reports NZ Racing Desk. Ahead of Saturday's $3 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), last year's winner and two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year Mongolian Khan served former champion race mare Ethereal (Rhythm-Romanee Conti, by Sir Tristram). The latter etched her name into racing folklore when becoming just the 11th horse in history to claim the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double in 2001. Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor-Centafit, by Centaine) is enjoying strong support from both New Zealand and Australian breeders in his first season at Windsor Park Stud following the Cambridge nursery's purchase of a 50 per cent holding in the stallion from the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Group. "Across the board, support for Mongolian Khan hasn't surprised us given the quality of his race track performances and the fact that he is a super looking stallion," said the farm's general manager Steve Till. "He is thriving in his new role and proving to be as successful in the serving ring as he was on the race track." Till added: "He already has a number of the 150 mares visiting him tested in foal and he will serve many highly credentialed mares in his first season." The Duchess of Bedford's recently retired stakes winning race mare Tavy is another to visit Mongolian Khan, while College Girl, a sister to Saturday's Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Yankee Rose, recently tested in foal to him.