Geiger Counters enriching Queensland

By Brian Russell - 30 July 2005

One of Queensland¹s most reliable sires of recent years has been Canadian Silver, the former champion Canadian sprinter standing at Lyndhurst Stud at Warwick in Queensland.

Canadian Silver is expected to wind up in the 2004-2005 racing year with about 55 winners of 90 races and $1 million in prize money. Ever since his oldest were four year olds, he has surpassed $1 million in earnings each year and the current one is the sixth in succession in which he has attained this level.

He is by the speedy Geiger Counter, a son of Mr Prospector who stood briefly in America and then came out to the Arrowfield stud in the Hunter Valley where he provided a long list of good, tough horses including winners from 1000 meters to 2500 meters with the contributors including 21 stakes winners.

In 1997-98, a year in which his oldest progeny were four year olds, Geiger Counter had 55 winners of 109 races and $4,005, 159 money which put him in third place between Zabeel and Danehill on the sires list.

The success here of this son of Mr Prospector and that also of Canadian Silver should stimulate interest in another son of Geiger Counter standing in Queensland. On a fee of only $2750 and coming into his third season, he is the eye-catching dark bay Count Albrecht and he is a foundation sire of Plaintree Farms Stud, an upmarket breeding operation established near Toowoomba by noted horsewoman Heather Belle Pascoe.

Count Albrecht only ran six times but he won over 1400 meters finished second at the same distance and fourth at 1100 meters.

Bred at the Arrowfield Stud, he is half brother to two Group 1 winners, the sire giant Zabeel and another proven source of winners in Baryshnikov. They are from one of the most fabulously bred quality producers used in this part of the world, Lady Giselle.

She was by the great Northern Dancer influence Nureyev and was a relation of Prix de l’Arc Triomphe winners Carnegie and Detroit.

A significant feature of the breeding of Count Albrecht is that both his sire Geiger Counter and maternal grandsire Nureyev are closely related. Two other near-relations are Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King.

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