AS THE adage tells us, “every dark cloud has a silver lining!”
Sadly, exciting pacer Vincent will never race again, but in a coup for breeders, the magnificent four-year-old will stand at stud next season.
A lucrative deal has seen Vincent purchased by Alabar and Nevele R studs in what is destined to be the beginning of a career as an in-demand stallion.
Vincent has been sidelined since last January when it was discovered he was affected by a suspensory injury.
An Australian Pacing Gold purchase, Vincent is an exceptionally-bred individual being by champion international sire, Art Major, from Kept For Pleasure.
Winner of five Group Ones, Kept For Pleasure has continued her success in the breeding barn, with three winners from five starters, including two Group One progeny.
Boasting an impeccable record of 16 wins and two placings from 19 starts, Vincent captured four Group Ones and two Group Twos, with co-trainer Mark Purdon referring to him as harness racing’s next superstar.
It is Vincent’s last outing which had enthusiasts convinced he was the next ‘big thing’.
Driven by co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen, Vincent outclassed his older, more experienced rivals to capture the Auckland Cup, covering the last half in a scintillating 54.4 seconds.
Jean Feiss, who owned Vincent with her husband Bill, said: “Vincent has been such a dream horse for us we were prepared to do everything possible to get him back to the track. He’s already had his initial stem cell treatments.
“However, Alabar and Nevele R presented us with an offer to purchase him and we knew in our hearts that accepting it was the right thing for Vincent’s long term future. He deserves a great home and to be given the very best chance at stud. We’re sure he’ll get that.
“Hopefully breeders send their best mares to him as Bill and I are certainly looking forward to checking out his yearlings.”
Purdon echoed Feiss’ statement, while also expressing his desire to one day trainer Vincent’s sons and daughters.
“He was a great young horse, the best of his year as a three-year-old,” Purdon said. “He came back great as a four-year-old and I thought he would eventually take Lazarus’ place and go on to be the best horse in Australasia.
“He’s a beautiful horse. Both Jean and I loved him when we saw him as a yearling and that never changed. Everyone he came in contact with him loved him as he was such a kind horse, a real gentleman.
”It’s a great shame he’s not coming back to racing, but we’re looking forward to training a few by him.”
Vincent’s pedigree lines him up beautifully with daughters of Bettor’s Delight and other Cam Fella line mares, daughters of Christian Cullen, Mach Three, Somebeachsomewhere as well as Direct Scooter line mares, daughters of American Ideal and other Western Hanover/No Nukes line mares and also mares from the Albatross line.
Vincent will stand at Alabar’s Victorian farm with semen transported throughout Australia and New Zealand. Lifetime breeding rights will be available in both countries.