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If we had an Australian Racing Dictionary then Lyndhurst Stud Farm would surely have a one word definition – “winners.” Based at Warwick on Queensland’s fertile Darling Downs, Lyndhurst has been sending winners to Australian racetracks for over a century.
Since its purchase in 1956 by the brothers Percy and Ted Kruger it has frequently been home to the leading winner producing sire in Australia starting with the Krugers’ magnificent grey foundation sire Smokey Eyes by Star Kingdom who held that title for a decade. Next generation son Merrell Kruger was one of the founding co-owners of the Magic Millions sales and race business, and it is his sons Jeff and Griff Kruger who own and operate Lyndhurst today.
Jeff Kruger takes up the story, “Lyndhurst is a great property, and apart from producing large numbers of sheer winners we’ve always had a top sire or two here, from Smokey Eyes through the first son of Northern Dancer, Grand Chaudiere, sire of the dam of Snippets, through Head Over Heels, Hail To Success, Sequalo and our current superstar Better Than Ready. He is something special, right at the top of the tree every season so far and there’s even more to come from him now that his talent is appreciated and he’s getting better mares.
We are also very proud of the fact that at Lyndhurst we were the first farm in Australia to bloodtype foals for parentage validation, before the ASB made it compulsory and we were also the first farm in Australia to monitor broodmares close to and during foaling using closed circuit television with infrared.
We’ve had great news about the border openings so I’m looking forward to taking our eleven yearlings to the Magic Millions in January. We’ve got four in Book One and seven in Book Two, they’re all by the best proven sires in the country including four by Better Than Ready. Griff and I can’t wait to present them to potential buyers, we both think that although the numbers aren’t huge, our draft is big on quality.”
The Lyndhurst Stud draft will be based in barns QA and QB and will enter the ring in the following order.
– In Book ONE
Lot 184 bay filly by Queensland sire sensation Spirit Of Boom from Coogee Coozifa by Danzero. This colt is a half-brother to three winners including SP Oink (6 wins and $447K). Dam is a half-sister to Hong Kong Gr.1 winner The Duke (10 wins, $5.6 million.) Both Oink and The Duke were 2YO winners!
Lot 458 bay filly by Better Than Ready from Lady Remlap by Filante. By Lyndhurst’s own super sire this filly is a half-sister to seven winners including Gr.1 ATC Golden Rose winner Manawanui, (7 wins $1.4 million.)
Lot 560 brown colt by Better Than Ready from Monte Bella by Bel Esprit. Better Than Ready’s colts include the flying The Odyssey SW and Gold Coast Guineas-Gr.3 placed. This colt is a half-brother to the metro winner Spirit Rich and his older full sister is already placed this season.
Lot 761 chestnut filly by Exceed And Excel from Seismic Warning by More Than Ready. This filly is the second foal of a winning half-sister to Gr.1 Flight S winner Cheeky Choice. SPECIAL NOTE. This filly is bred on the same Exceed And Excel/More Than Ready cross as multiple Gr.1 winning sprinter Bivouac and multiple SW Coruscate. This nick has 2 SW from just 8 runners, 25%. A filly not to be missed.
– In Book TWO
Lot 974 bay filly by Nicconi from Laureole by Exceed And Excel. This filly is by the sire of crack sprinters Nature Strip, Faatinah and Niccanova out of a winning mare by one of Australia’s best sires and broodmare sires, from the great Fall Aspen family, to which this filly is linebred.
Lot 1025 bay colt by Magnus from Onemoremelody by Onemorenomore. This colt is the second foal of a half-sister to two iconic gallopers in current mighty grey. The Candy Man (11 wins, $527K) and another great tough grey in Phrases (9 wins, $517K) and to SP Motifs. This is a tough, sound, prolific winning family, plus the sire Magnus complete the picture as a wonderful source of high class repeat winners.
Lot 1048 bay colt by Star Witness from Princess Is Ready by More Than Ready. This colt is the first foal of a multiple winning half-sister to three stakes horses including multiple Group winner, multiple Gr.1 placed Grey Song (6 wins $1.95 million) and Gr.3 winner Tonz More Fun. By one of Australia’s most consistent sires out of a Gr.1 winning family out of a mare by a crack broodmare sire, this colt ticks all the boxes.
Lot 1069 chestnut colt by Sebring from Scorched by Exceed And Excel. This colt is a half-brother to two winners, out of a half sister to Gr.3 winner Furnaces from one of the best families in the Stud Book, that of Zeditave, Melito, Pariah, Cloister, Alannon etc. Bred on a cross of Sebring and Exceed And Excel, two of Australia’s best, which is already responsible for Gr.2 winner Yes Baby Yes.
Lot 1157 bay colt by Extreme Choice from Anabarbie by Anabaa. This colt is by one of Australia’s most exciting first season sires, already sire of brilliant Tiger Of Malay and Palamos from his first few runners. He is a half-brother to two winners from the family of Australia’s best sprinter, Everest winner Classique Legend and his Hong Kong superstar half-brother Atheiro. Family of five times Gr.1 winner Racing To Win (13 wins, $3.7 million.) SPECIAL NOTE: This colt is from the prolific Hula Bend branch of La Troienne’s female line and even more significantly is bred on the same Not A Single Doubt mix with this family as Everest winner CLASSIQUE LEGEND.
Lot 1183 bay filly by Better Than Ready from Brave Choice by Dr Fong. This filly is a half-sister to six winners (all the dam’s foals to race are winners) including the Gr.2 winner of 7 races and $676K in Brave Song. Grandam is Gr.1 Q’land Oaks and Gr.1 Q’land Derby heroine Bravery, one of the best producers in Australia as dam of multiple Group winner Brave Prince, grandam of Wakeful S winner Timbourina and third dam of current headliner Galaxy Star Gr.1 winner of the Railway S (13 wins $1.54 million.)
Lot 1267 brown colt by Better Than Ready from Hello Sweetpea by Shamus Award. This colt is by hot young Lyndhurst sire Better Than Ready and is the first foal of a mare by Shamus Award who is emerging as a real sire talent, getting quality performers week in week out over a range of distances. This is the family of two of Australia’s best sprinters of recent years, both multiple Gr.1 winners in Niconero (13 wins, 5 Gr.1, $3.45 million) and Nicconi (6 wins, 2 Gr.1, $1 million), the latter now also top commercial sire. This colt rounds out the Lyndhurst draft, epitomising what the farm is all about, producing horses that are bred to run, and run fast.