Dam of Klimt extends Sun Stud’s global reach

The Tapit filly foal out of Klimt's dam Inventive at Sun Stud

PICTURE: RP GRAPHICS Dam of Klimt extends Sun Stud's global reach
By Martin Stevens 12:11PM 8 SEP 2016

AUSTRALIAN-BASED Sun Stud is aiming to have an international reach, and with a third-placed finisher in a Group 3 in France on Thursday and the dam of America's most exciting two-year-old colt ensconced in its broodmare band, you might say it is mission accomplished.

One of those, an Invincible Spirit colt called National Defense bought for €280,000 at last year's Arqana August Yearling Sale, won on his debut at Deauville last month by six lengths for Head-Maarek and finished a creditable third in the Group 3 Prix des Chenes at Chantilly on Thursday.

"National Defense was Sun Bloodstock's first runner from a few yearlings purchased last year and he couldn't have been more impressive on that first start," says Australian agent David O'Callaghan, bloodstock adviser to the stud.

"We learnt more about him on Thursday. The other two-year-olds are coming along nicely so hopefully we'll have another runner later in the season."

While National Defense proved himself a valuable prospect at Chantilly on Thursday, another horse in the Sun Bloodstock portfolio has become priceless.

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At the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding-Stock Sale the stud gave just $80,000 for the Listed-placed Dixie Union mare Inventive in foal to Bernardini. The catalogue showed that the mare had a then-foal son by Quality Road on the ground, who turned out to be Klimt, a wide-margin winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Monday.

Inventive recently delivered a Tapit filly at Sun Stud in Australia.

"She was bred southern hemisphere-time to Tapit in Kentucky with three other mares and they were sent in-foal to Australia," says O'Callaghan. "It's undecided whether she'll be raced or offered for sale – she's a lovely filly and will no doubt be a very valuable yearling, but equally she'd be a welcome addition to the broodmare band after her racing career."

Explaining how he picked Inventive, he adds: "She fitted the criteria – a nice type with some black type; I like Dixie Union and she was the dam of a useful filly called West Coast Chick who I thought might be able to win some black type and she was subsequently Graded-placed.

"Working with a budget, I find that mares who have had a few foals represent good value, particularly if they've been bred to useful stallions."

After the rise of Klimt, Inventive will be sent back to Kentucky to be bred to northern-hemisphere time with a stallion yet to be decided.

"However, the owners generally lean towards proven stallions and, given her recent success, she deserves to be given every chance," O'Callaghan says.

He did not give much away on the obvious question of whether Sun Stud would capitalise on Klimt's success and sell the dam.

"There was quite a bit of interest in her leading up to the Futurity, particularly after the Best Pal [a Grade 2 that Klimt won last month], and the owners considered offers but decided to wait for the Futurity," he says.

"Sun Stud are breeders and she's exactly the type of mare they're trying to have in their broodmare band. In saying that, they also run a commercial operation and any offers for their bloodstock are always given serious consideration."

Sun Stud recently appointed as its new operations manager David Grant, who formerly held the roles of nominations manager and yearling manager at the stud.

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