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26/07/02 Stallions Must Be Recognised in Hall of Fame
When the 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 consecutive seasons.

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 "champion" tags.

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 Biscawong.


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 Australia.

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.

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