FORMER Kiwi superstar Lazarus, which is standing his second season at Yirribee Pacing Stud in Wagga (NSW), has a number of top Australian broodmares and racemares booked to him this spring.
The list includes Kabbalah Karen B, the dam of the dual Breeders Crown champion and Victoria Derby winner Our Little General 1:49.8 ($685,795) and Melton winner Kasbah Kid 1:53.1 ($182,420); Rock Setter, a sister to the former Australian two-year-old mile record holder Heavens Trend 1:52.1 ($385,683); and the dual Breeders Crown winner Whereibylong 1:53.8 ($448,910).
Among other well-credentialled mares booked to Lazarus are Maddy White 1:56.9 ($110,824), a half-sister to the WA Derby and cups winner Handsnwheels 1:53.2 ($666,739) and the Listed winner Rock Me Over 1:53.8 ($253,716); and The Blue Lotus NZ, a multiple 2:00 producing half-sister to Tintin In America 1:53.2 ($906,422), a member of the Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster.
Tintin In America, the sire of champion racemare Shartin, produced a winning double at Pinjarra recently with the two-year-old American Bullitt and the three-year-old American Colt NZ.
The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam and world champion Warrawee Needy, who are both standing at Yirribee Stud, have received a terrific boost from the results of North American racing recently.
Million Dollar Cam has sired a swag of winners in the US and Canada, while Warrawee Needy, a leading percentage sire with his first Australian crop, ranks as a brother to the USA two-year-old and three-year-old Filly of the Year and the fastest two-year-old filly of all-time in Warrawee Ubeaut 1:48.6 ($1.7 million) and to the Stakes-winning three-year-old colt Warrawee Vital (1:48.4).
- PETER WHARTON