Free Eagle on show at Cornerstone
Free Eagle: Group 1-winning son of High Chaparral at Cornerstone Stud
Free Eagle among stars of Cornerstone parade By Bloodstock World Staff 7:24PM 31 AUG 2016
CORNERSTONE STUD marked 50 years of breeding history on the property with its annual open day and stallion parade in the Barossa Valley last Sunday.
Around 200 guests gathered to see a roster headed by Royal Ascot winner Free Eagle, the highest rated racehorse retiring to stud in Australia since 2014.
Champion first- and second-season sire by winners in Europe, Zebedee looked to have packed on even more muscle this year and was joined by new addition Valentia, Ambidexter – who put on his annual antics as he bounced around the parade area – and Good Journey, who took over the late Hussonet's trademark role of standing in a vertical pose for photographers.
Free Eagle shuttled to Cornerstone Stud having completed his first northern hemisphere breeding season at the Irish National Stud, where he covered 112 mares. He will stand his first season at Cornerstone at a fee of A$18,7000.
The son of High Chaparral won three of his eight starts for Dermot Weld and Moyglare Stud, including when striking at the highest level in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2015.
Tally Ho Stud's Zebedee returned to Cornerstone for his second southern hemisphere covering season. The son of Invincible Spirit has been represented on the racecourse in 2016 by the likes of Group 2 winner Magical Memory. His fee has been set at A$16,5000.
Good Journey, a son of Nureyev and Moyglare Stud Stakes and Coronation Stakes winner Chimes Of Freedom, has sired Group 1 winners Happy Trails, Griante and Grand Journey. His 2016 fee has been set at A$11,000.
Ambidexter, the Group 2-winning son of Commands, retired to stud in 2013. His first yearlings averaged A$48,000. His 2016 fee is A$5,000.
Valentia has joined the Cornerstone roster for 2016. The son of Fastnet Rock topped the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale at A$1.35million as a yearling and went on to win the Group 2 Skyline Stakes as a two-year-old. He has been introduced at a fee of A$11,000.
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