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2017 fee announced for Zacinto

On the back of a season which featured a Group One winning Classic star, Inglewood Stud’s leading young sire Zacinto will stand at a fee of $12,000 (+GST) in 2017. Inglewood Stud’s Gus Wigley is understandably thrilled with the start made by Zacinto, which in addition to the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas victory of Ugo Foscolo, has already seen 14 winners of 26 races and has the son of Dansili well clear as New Zealand’s Leading Second Season Sire’s by both earnings and winners. “It really has been a brilliant season for Zacinto,” Wigley said. “He’s had his star performer but he has so many other promising young gallopers coming through as well, including Odeon who ran third in the G1 South Australian Derby on Saturday.” “It’s going to be pretty exciting next season with Ugo Foscolo targeting the Cox Plate, Odeon having lofty Melbourne spring carnival plans, Flemington winner Navagio no doubt having black-type spring carnival plans, while the exciting Sidestep has been sold to Hong Kong to target the Hong Kong Derby. In addition to that his local runners Son of Zac, Monrecour, Strowan, Zigwig and Zawhip all look capable picking up black-type if they carry on as they’ve started,” said Wigley. “He’s only had a tick over 30 starters so to have so many promising gallopers bodes very well for the future. “It was difficult setting the fee for him this coming season, he’s made such an excellent start but we’ve always positioned him fairly for breeders and we wanted to do that again this season. His booked filled within days of announcing his fee last year and we’re anticipating he’s going to be popular again in 2017. Zacinto covered a full book of 110 mares last season, with 98 of them testing in foal. “We joke about him being a triple threat; they can run, they sell and he’s a machine in the breeding shed.” The selling Wigley refers to is the great week of trading at Karaka this year which saw his Premier colt out of I’ve Got Rhythm fetch $120,000 and head to Chris Waller’s stable, while he also topped the first day of selling in the Select Sale with his colt out of Anya being knocked down to Waikato Bloodstock for $180,000. His overall average across the Premier, Select and Festival Sales was over 11 times his service fee for that crop. “We always get great feedback on his stock at the sales, his yearlings have lovely loose walks, good bone and plenty of muscle. His fillies sell well and his overall career average in the Premier Sale is $175,000.”

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