|Despite averaging nine
times his current service fee, Lee Fleming of Eliza Park Stud said General Nediyms
fee wont be increasing for the 2002 season.
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
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 Nediyms fee probably wont be going up,
even though weve 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 Parks Kerrie property in the most recent breeding season.
The highlight of General Nediyms 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
hes 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 its 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
While Jetball has the champion filly of New Zealand, he is
also the sire of one of the South Islands 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.
"Jetballs 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.