Australians live in a world of “make believe” when it comes to their bloodstock business. They are so spoilt, and they have such a specific racing programme demanding such specific types, that when a stallion fails to “hit” by March/April of his first juvenile season, he is virtually consigned to the scrap heap, no matter that he wasn’t the sort to get early types, and after that, it takes some convincing to get back into fashion, if that’s a luxury he’ll ever aspire to again.

giants causewayGIANTS CAUSEWAY (Photo: Coolmore)World respected sires such as Galileo, Montjeu, Giant’s Causeway and to a slightly lesser degree, Royal Academy, are shunned in the sales ring, and unless there’s an extraordinary reason why a particular buyer would be targeting his progeny, they simply fall in a heap.

Similarly, there is a powerful preference now among Australian trainers in particular, and among domestic their buyers in general, for the issue of Australian performed racehorses (preferably sons of shuttle sires) whose race records and local recognition are uppermost in the native mind. The likes of Redoute’s Choice, Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur are significant reminders of the value of this policy, and there is a strong scepticism for Northern Hemisphere racehorses that haven’t yet hit “pay dirt” in Ozzie. That’s probably reflective of the huge number of Northern Hemisphere shuttling failures, and there’ve been some spectacular examples among them, considering their achievements in the “upper” half. Add to those mentioned above (Galileo, Montjeu and Giant’s Causeway) the names of the highly successful stallions Fairy King, Alzao, Ahonoora etc, and you begin to get the drift.