GREG and Elaine Sturgiss of Capricorn Rewind Rockhampton recently bought into an interesting stallion from Ireland by the name of Hemingway (IRE), coming out of Victoria to be stood in central Queensland this season.
He was bought primarily to cover their own band of broodmares and secondly to be offered to the public as a genuine outcross of thoroughbred blood that is undeniably a source of two-year-old international stakes performances.
Hemingway possesses a pedigree steeped deeply in the successful female bloodlines from the Godolphin investments into the best thoroughbred blood the world has to offer.
Standing at Riverside Stud this year beside Bagger Vance and Carrara, Hemingway's addition, albeit a little late for this season, will seal the reputation for Riverside Alton Downs as the stud with a stallion to suit all mares.
Hemingway has a DVD available on request, you will be treated to a convincing two-year-old colt just 'donkey licking' his rivals as you watch his front running relaxed style, he kicks away early in two-year-old stakes races in Ireland and wins eased down in his only two runs as a two-year-old before a career-stopping injury.
Hemingway is a colt from the first year of progeny by Spectrum, who is by Rainbow Quest to race is out of the mare Welsh Love, she produced Stakes winners Second Empire and Ihtiram who are successful sires. A $500,000 pound yearling, Hemingway was highly regarded and on the strengths of his wins before injury, his yearling half brother was sold the next season for $6 million, the second highest price ever in Ireland such is the depth of pedigree and performance this family of genetics has to offer the owner as a racehorse and then as a sire.
Timeform, the world rating system, gave Hemingway 115 after he won the York Acomb Stakes 1400m which positioned as the him the sixth best horse in the two-year-old sprinters category that year in the world.
Ridden by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michael Kinane to beat Group winning horses of the calibre of Eminence and Saratov that went on to be champion horses in their own right, Michael said he is a good ride and relaxes in front, I feel he gets a mile (1600m) but that's all, he feels too quick.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien extended the jockey's thoughts by saying he has a middle distance pedigree but races like a sprinter and is not relying on his stamina.
My research found this stallion's pedigree does not want its staying genes awakened and so I would avoid Danehill crosses instead search for outcrosses to Australian speed, so that Bagger Vance, Afleetaffair mares for example would be ideal sources of colonial speed.
Make no mistake this blood has worked for Darley at Woodlands through Quest For Fame, Viscount, and Spectrum when he shuttled, one of the best sprinters in the northern hemisphere is Rocket Man by Viscount from the Rainbow Quest lineage, so when Hemingway's service fee was announced at $2200 by the Sturgiss Partnership I was interested to find out more about this Irish horse and the more I looked the more I found to like.