Thorn Park Tops Auckland Cup Week

NZ Throughbred marketing - 16 March 2011

With the conclusion of the Auckland Cup Carnival last Saturday, Windsor Park Stud-based sire Thorn Park emerged as the top sire.

Over the three premier days at Ellerslie the sire’s progeny picked up five of the 30 races, earning a combined stakes figure of NZ$1,483,000.

The son of Spinning World is therefore the top sire of the 2011 Auckland Cup Carnival on the basis of wins and earnings.

Of the five wins, two were at Group One level; three-year-old colt Jimmy Choux (NZ) was the impressive winner of the Gr.1 Telecom New Zealand Derby (2400m) and four-year-old mare The Party Stand (NZ) won the Gr.1 Nicolas Feuillatte New Zealand Stakes (2000m).

Magic Briar (NZ) (Thorn Park) picked up the Listed Starcraft at Arrowfield Mr Tiz Trophy (1200m) and the other two wins came from five-year-old gelding Veyron (NZ), who won a rating 90 over 1200m on Wednesday and backed up to win another rating 90 over 1400m on Saturday.

One the basis of wins, The Oaks Stud-based Keeninsky and the Waikato Stud-based Savabeel were second with two wins each.

The second best New Zealand-based sire on earnings was the former Ardsley Stud sire Lord Ballina who was represented by Gr.1 Stella Artois Auckland Cup (3200m) winner Titch (NZ). Paxton Park-based Shinko King and Waikato Stud-based Savabeel and O’Reilly were third.

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