Great times lie ahead for two-year-old

Changeintheweather blends champion bloodlines.
Changeintheweather blends champion bloodlines. Contributed

CHANGEINTHEWEATHER is a Group 1-winning two-year-old - five wins, two at two - and a son of the Mr Prospector sire Gone West.

He stands his second season at Jeff and Lea Marlow's Merlo Downs, Alton Downs, where his yearlings are being sourced for Southern and Central Queensland sales in 2013. Note them down for inspection.

An integral part of the genetics contribution to Queensland and, indeed, Australia, Changeintheweather holds the most successful outcross for Northern Dancer-saturated mares the US and Australia have known to date, through the dominance of Mr Prospector.

Changeintheweather won his maiden in devastating fashion, with equal top weight Woodbine, by 10 lengths, followed by the Group 1 Grey Breeders Cup by four lengths - he won or placed in seven stakes races on four consecutive occasions.

He is the only Group 1 winning son of Gone West standing in Australia.

With QTIS incentive schemes on offer for two- and three-year-old races, this stallion is well situated to play a dominant role in two- and three-year-old performances, including a two-year-old stakes winner in his first season in the US.

He had 11 individual winners from 28 starters, including a stakes winner and a further 11 place-getters - all from a book of 52 mares covered. In the following season, all 11 place-getters became winners, except Showerstosunshine, who won US$31,790 in place prize money, giving Changeintheweather 26 winners from the 28 starters in his freshman season.

To date, he has had 105 runners for 69 winners of 217 wins, earning A$3.9million.

His progeny win on all surfaces - synthetic, dirt and turf - a consistent trait with Gone West sires and a huge advantage with the emergence of synthetic tracks in Australia.

By the champion Mr Prospector sire Gone West, who has emerged as an influential sire-line in his own right, his immaculate breeding is a blend of two world champion bloodlines.

His dam Meteor Colony is by Pleasant Colony, son of His Majesty, the same dam sire of the incredibly successful Australian super sire Danehill and grandson of the great Ribot.

Grand dam Meteor Stage is from the Princequillo lineage and is also the dam of Eclipse champion two-year-old filly Pleasant Stage, leading Californian turf sire Stage Colony and Colonial Play, dam of Marsh Side, who is a three- quarter brother in blood to Changeintheweather.

The champion blood of Secretariat on his sire-line and His Majesty on his dam line makes Changeintheweather an exceptional choice for the variety of broodmare bloodlines available in Australia.

His compatibility matings match include broodmare sires such as Danehill, Dehere, Deputy Minister, Hennesy, Gilded Time, El Prado, Green Dancer, Halo, Nureyev, Tale of the Cat and Stravinski.

The Gone West lineage is such a prominent bloodline that it crosses with virtually any line to produce winners.

  • Kerrod Smyth is principal of Laurel Glen Equine Centre, Alton Downs, and one of CQ's leading thoroughbred breeders.

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