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Waikato Announce Tivaci Shuttle Deal

Thursday, 31st August 2017

Waikato Stud's exciting freshman stallion Tivaci (High Chaparral-Breccia, by Fastnet Rock) has been identified as an ideal shuttle prospect by the iconic English National Stud providing a feather in the cap of the New Zealand breeding industry. "It's a great endorsement for Tivaci and demonstrates to breeders just how in demand these horses with Australian Group One success up to the mile are," Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick said. Tivaci, who hails from the family of Gr1 Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder and is a direct descendant of Melbourne Cup winning mare Rainbird (7th dam), retired to the world famous Matamata farm after his brilliant win in the Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney. Touted as the world's fastest son of High Chaparral, he registered six wins from 1000-1600 metres with other feature successes including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes, and Listed VRC Kensington Stakes. He was also twice Gr1 placed in the Cantala Stakes & Toorak Handicap. "Waikato Stud identified Tivaci as a potential sire prospect as a three-year-old, when he was consistently reeling off impressive final 600 sectionals," Chittick continued. "At no time was his electric turn of foot more obvious than when he completed the final 600m of the Kensington Stakes at Flemington in 32.1 seconds – they have to be pretty special to be able to do that." National Stud chairman Ben Sangster commented: "This is a very exciting, ground breaking venture for the stud and we are very much looking forward to working with one of the major stallion farms in New Zealand."


Tivaci winning the Gr1 All Aged Stakes (image: Steve Hart)
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