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13/02/02 Leading the Charge Not for This General
Despite averaging nine times his current service fee, Lee Fleming of Eliza Park Stud said General Nediym’s fee won’t be increasing for the 2002 season.

The announcement of the fee freeze is great news for Australian breeders who would have no doubt been thrilled with the response his youngsters were receiving at auctions around the country.

Fleming said Eliza Park had received a great deal of interest in the former brilliant racetrack performer and multiple Group One winner.

"Despite his yearlings selling for good prices on the Gold Coast and in Melbourne, General Nediym’s fee probably won’t be going up, even though we’ve had strong enquiries from around the country," Fleming said.

"We believe that with the market coming off its highs of a couple of years ago we are taking a reponsible attitude by not seeking to increase the fee at this time," he added.

General Nediym, a winner of 13 of his 21 races, stood for $9,500 (inc GST) at Eliza Park’s Kerrie property in the most recent breeding season.

The highlight of General Nediym’s sales to date came on Monday in Melbourne when one of his sons was sold for $135,000. The chestnut colt, who was from the Sovereign Red mare Red Sundae, was knocked down to the locally based Chefs on the Run Syndicate. The colt will have every chance on the track as he will be joining the stables of leading trainer Robbie Griffiths.

Griffiths said he was taken by the stock of General Nediym and he was determined to purchase at least one of them.

"We looked at all three of the General Nediyms and they were lovely horses, but this bloke was from a great winning family and I just think he’s the ideal type for the Premier race next year," Griffiths said.

The future looks very bright for the General. Early next week another four of his yearlings will go under the hammer in Adelaide.

"He has some very nice types in Adelaide for the Magic Millions sale," Fleming added.

Meanwhile, the popularity of former Group One winner Jetball is continuing in great fashion, and it’s no surprise with his progeny now ranking up to the best in New Zealand.

The recent success of the bonny filly Vapour Trail has been widely reported. Trained by Donna Logan the three-year-old filly is the winner of three of her past four runs including a strong win in the Group One New Zealand Oaks over 2400 metres.

While Jetball has the champion filly of New Zealand, he is also the sire of one of the South Island’s most promising and brilliant geldings.

Ashburton based Coup Liner is in sparkling form. The three-year-old gelding is the winner of his past four starts, the most recent three being in stakes class.

On January 31 his runaway five and a quarter length win in the listed Gore Guineas over 1355 metres was his third listed Guineas win in a row. Some four weeks earlier he got through the slow track at Ascot Park to win the Southland Guineas, while his first stakes win came in the Dunedin Guineas over 1600 metres.

"Jetball’s service fee could be going up," Fleming said after another strong sale for the colonial sire. His yearlings sold to $50,000 in Melbourne with his service fee having been only $7,000 last season. "He now has the champion filly in New Zealand as well as one of the most exciting young male horses in that country as well."

Entering stud in New Zealand in 1994, the Group One The Galaxy winner is the sire of a number of other stakes winners including South African Group One champ Global News, Sarwatch, Huge Jet, Jetter, Conair, Myzawine, Superjet, Kinetic and Celtic Tiger.

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