Young Sires Offer Breeders The Gold Standard

In what is believed to be a first in modern-day breeding, two well credentialled young stallions bearing the same name retired to stud in Australia and South Africa at the same time.

Remarkably, both sires were G2 winners, and both offer breeders the opportunity to use a stallion son of a highly successful and commercial G1-winning sire.

While Spendthrift Australia stands Gold Standard (Sebring x Coniston Gem), Drakenstein Stud is home to G2 Selangor Cup winner Gold Standard (Trippi x Olympic Dam). Both young sires had their first foals arrive this year, with both stallions making a positive impression.

Spendthrift’s resident Gold Standard was a high-class galloper, who won the G2 AJC Stan Fox Stakes and ran second in the G3 ATC Up And Coming Handicap in a brief, six-race career.

“He is one of the most attractive looking horses that will walk around the yard but he is tough, he has speed and tenacity. He is a very special horse,” enthused leading Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Also fourth, to champion Trapeze Artist, in the 2017 G1 Golden Rose, Gold Standard is out of the high-class racemare Coniston Gem, whose nine wins included a triumph in the G3 VRC Schweppervescence Trophy. An exceptional type, Gold Standard looks set to follow in the mould of his Golden Slipper-winning champion sire Sebring.

His grandsire More Than Ready has sired the most winners of any stallion in history and his great-grandsire Southern Halo is a son of Halo – the sire of Japan’s breed-shaping sire Sunday Silence whose influence is still felt through his champion son Deep Impact.

More Than Ready’s line in Australia is looking to have a similar impact, with Gold Standard positioned nicely to continue the late Sebring’s legacy.

The farm’s Garry Cuddy is delighted by what he has seen from Gold Standard’s first foals (above and below), and says, “Sebring is a sire that we have a lot of time for and we were very excited to offer breeders his well-performed son. A year on, we are really impressed by his first foals. They have that power and scope their sire and grandsire had, so it’s a great result for our breeders to have this level of quality in his first crop.”

Drakenstein Stud’s Gold Standard also ranked among the best of his generation, winning or finishing in the money in nine of only 14 races while earning just under R1 000 000.

The son of Drakenstein Stud’s Champion Sire Trippi scored the biggest win of his career when downing subsequent champion, and dual G1 winner, Edict Of Nantes and G1 Cape Guineas hero William Longsword, to land the 2016 G2 Selangor Cup, before finishing a strong second in the Cape Guineas.

Out of a daughter of multiple South African champion (and seven-time G1 winner) Olympic Duel, Gold Standard’s first foals have made a very good impression.

Drakenstein’s Kevin Sommerville says of the Gold Standard foals, “I have been thoroughly impressed with them so far, they are all very athletic with lovely balance and really good quarters on them, very much in the mold of their grandfather Trippi who really stamped his stock.

“They are all very clean-limbed and full of quality, Gold Standard has some of the best sire’s who ever stood in South Africa in his pedigree, he was also the highest-rated three-year-old of his generation so he has plenty going for him and judging by his foals he has every chance at making it. ”

With locally bred sires such as Jet Master, Dynasty, Captain Al and What A Winter, among others, having all made big names for themselves at stud, there is no reason to believe that the fellow South African bred Gold Standard can’t follow in their footsteps.

Could there be two champion sires by the name of Gold Standard in the making?

Thank you to Drakenstein Stud and Spendthrift Australia for their time.