inaugural Australian Hall of Fame inductees were announced a year ago no horse famous for
their siring abilities was chosen.
Now a year on the
selection panel have a chance to "redeem" themselves by selecting atleast one
stallion for the recognition they truly deserve.
proving their worth, they are three who would no doubt have
to be up for contention in years to come.
Anyone who knows anything about breeding would know about
the former champion sire Star Kingdom.
Foaled in Ireland in 1946, Star Kingdom was shipped to
Australia in 1951 after being purchased by Stanley Wootton for £6,000 and he stood with
amazing results at Baramul Stud in New South Wales' Hunter Valley region for 16
No stallion has helped shape Australia's breeding industry
in our history than the legendary Star Kingdom.
A five time Champion Sire, Star Kingdom holds the record
for siring the most amount of Golden Slipper winners. A renowned sire of juveniles, he was
the Champion Two-Year-Old sire for six seasons.
Not only were his gallopers stars on the track, but his
daughters proved their worth at stud. Star Kingdom also won three titles as the Leading
Broodmare Sire in Australia.
Star Kingdom's sons also shone when they in turn went to
stud. His stars at stud include Todman, Noholme, Biscay and Kaoru Star, all of whom earned
His list of feature winners is seemingly endless. There's
Todman, Shifnal, Fine and Dandy, Noholme, Time and Tide, Biscay, Tattenham, Sky High, Star
Affair, Kingster, Skyline, Star of Heaven, Planet Kingdom, Kaoru Star, Mighty Kingdom,
Columbia Star, Rajah, Royal Artist, Ritmar, Reveille, Concert Star, Citius, Starlit, Magic
Night, Cymbal, Giulia, Courteous, Fiona, Endure and Ultrablue.
Star Kingdom's grandsons at stud have included Bletchingly,
Marscay, Zephyr Bay, Dieu D'or, Christmas Tree, Jackson Square, Imposing, Jevington,
Blazing Saddles, Crewman, High Reserve, Luskin Star, Staroka, Sanction, Otehi Bay, Blue
and Gold, King Hadrian, Brigand, Maizcay, Blazing Sword, Shecky Greene, General Holme,
Medieval Man, Paris Review, Bolting Holme, Fools Home, Nodouble, Nanutarra, Marceau,
Mighty Avalanche, Full on Aces, Old Spice, Marquee Star, Aurealis, Ideal Planet and
No horse has helped shape the South Australian industry
than the mighty Matrice. A son of Masthead, Matrice was a strong and masculine dark
chestnut horse who was foaled in Victoria in 1951.
A champion sprinter and miler, Matrice won 27 of his 45
starts before being retired to Noonamah Stud in the Adelaide Hills. He stood over a dozen
seasons there before being put down in April, 1974.
At the end of the 1973/74 season, just a couple of months
after the great Matrice died, he became the first Australian bred stallion in 31 years to
win in the General Sires' Premiership.
Matrice's list of feature winners is seemingly endless. Taj
Rossi, Pago Pago, Manihi, Toltrice, La Trice, Steel Helmet, Crown Lad, Mikado, Kiltrice,
Axinite, Matmirth, Master Kildare, Beauty Rest, Pompilia etc etc.
His sons at stud were also champions. Pago Pago, a champion
two-year-old who ploughed through a heavy track to win the Golden Slipper, was a
successful sire in America before returning to stand at Heytesbury Stud in Western
Manihi, from the Newtown Wonder mare Beauteous, won eleven
of just 18 starts before retiring to stud. He is the sire of champion sprinter Manikato
and other top liners including Make Mine Perfume, Man-a-Million, Stackaway, Orinthos,
Pouraway, Subarmas, Court Sabre and Sepoy.
Another star who stood in South Australia, Without Fear was
one of the first successful shuttle stallions to ever stand in the country. The legendary
Hall of Famer CS (Colin) Hayes put his faith in the high class son of Baldric II and Hayes
was repaid in amazing fashion.
During an incredible career at stud at Lindsay Park,
Without Fear sired many top class gallopers including Unaware, Desriable, Bodega, Proceed,
Private Show, So Tempting, Fearella, Outward Bound, Proven Valour, Brave Salute, Star
Style Girl, Patronise, Fearless Duke, Game Miss, Return to Reno and Well Clear. He's also
the sire of sires including Brave Show, Unaware, Fearless Pride, Fearless Prince, Casino
Gold, Fear No Foe and Bold Fear.
You can also throw in their contempories like Zabeel,
Danehill, Marscay, Snippets, Biscay, Rory's Jester, Vain and co for recognition as well.
Let's not forget Bletchingly, Better Boy, Century Showdown, and Sir Tristram either.