LAST weekend, champion two-year-old Pierro had to carry 57kg in the Doncaster 1600m, a weight-carrying record for a now three-year-old if he was to win.
History is that he ran second on the heavy 10 track and seemingly the Lonhros don't go much past a mile, especially if it is wet.
It made me think of just how good a winner the new stallion to central Queensland, Carrara, must be.
"I think Carrara will do a great job at stud," said Sam Hayes, stud master of Cornerstone Stud.
He was quick-footed with a great turn of speed when called upon and he had stamina as well and that's what Queensland needs for QTIS racing.
"He was a particularly good sprinter - miler. I know broodmare owners will not be disappointed once they inspect him and, if he sires foals that look like him they should be well received in the sales ring.
"We bought into him off the strength of his win in the Bill Stutt Stakes carrying 58.5kg, which is a phenomenal effort for a three-year-old to achieve.
"In all, he raced in 21 Group and Listed races for four wins, five seconds and three thirds from 25 starts, stating everything about his class winning five races as a two and three-year-old from 1000m to a 1600m with on the pace sustained speed."
He stakes placed 13 times to horses like Black Caviar, Shoot Out and Star Spangled Banner but also won four group and stakes races beating Nicastro, Choistar Denman and Spacecraft.
Rockhampton bookmaker and one of Australia's leading form analysts Vince Aspinall assessed Carrara: "I particularly liked his two-year-old year as he raced and beat the similar horses in the autumn as Real Saga beat in the spring," he said.
"He was quick-footed with a great turn of speed when called upon and he had stamina as well and that's what Queensland needs for QTIS racing. He should be a great asset to Capricornia. His two-year-old, early-maturing racing ability comes from his stakes female line through the three stakes producing Dams.
"On his mother's side, the mix of Hurricane Sky and Snippets gave him his ability to win as a two-year-old. This family has already produced the Golden Slipper winner in Crystal Lily.
"The stamina comes from Elvstroem and his Danehill heritage but his dam line is the key to this stallion and I would suggest putting a sprint mare to him with QTIS racing in mind."
Carrara won twice as a two-year-old, including a third to Black Caviar in the Blue Sapphire Stakes, as well as winning the Doomben Slipper (L).
Check his form to win the Henry Buck Stakes over 1400m carrying 59kg with a final sectional of 33.37seconds for 600m.
"You just need to be fast, strong and tough, and shown good form as a two year old and three year old, and this stallion absolutely meets these criteria," Randwick Bloodstock's Brett Howard said last week at the Easter Sales when talking about what makes a successful sire.
The Caulfield Guineas runner-up Carrara had played bridesmaid (2nd) to Denman for two starts in the Zedative Stakes and the Wellington Stakes when jockey Craig Williams spoke about his experience riding Carrara: "I've ridden Carrara three times for two wins, including his Bill Stutt Stakes victory, and have a high opinion of the son of former elite galloper Elvstroem who is the best horse by prize money that Danehill ever sired - he raced in five different countries, you know," he said.
Carrara will stand this season at Riverside, Alton Downs, under stud master Bruce Watt.
For enquiries and a CD, phone Bruce on 0488 048 480.
Next week, a breeding panel of bloodstock consultants looks into his breeding and gives its opinion on what mare suits Carrara.
Kerrod Smyth is principal of Laurel Glen Equine Centre, Alton Downs, and one of CQ's leading thoroughbred breeders.
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