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9/5/2018 Ridgeview park makes Giant strides with new sire
Photo: New Ridgeview Park sire Giant's Steps

It was just a few weeks ago that the horse fondly known as “The Iron Horse” Giant’s Causeway passed away aged 21 at Ashford Stud, Kentucky.

A remarkable galloper who was never out of the first two in 13 starts – winning nine races including five consecutive Group One races over a memorable 11-week period – Giant’s Causeway continued on his great work at stud.

Represented by 179 stakes winners including 32 Group 1 winners, Giant’s Causeway was a stallion who made his mark around the world with his progeny successful at stakes level in 18 different countries… including Australia and New Zealand.

And now one of his best, a horse who like his sire really knew how to find the line, is relocating to Victoria… the Champion 3YO Colt Of Chile Giant’s Step due to stand at Ridgeview Park Stud, Muskerry East.

Kicking off his career in New Zealand where his debut crop are just yearlings, the dual Group 1 winning Giant’s Steps with his winning form over a variety of distances between 1200 metres and 2400 metres is a good fit for Victoria.

“We are excited to have been given this opportunity to stand a commercial stallion,” said Ridgeview’s Phil and Fiona Sloane.

“He arrived from New Zealand on Thursday and is always settling in nicely.”

“What really appeals to us is that not only is he by a phenomenal stallion in Giant’s Causeway, but that he was the Champion 3YO turf colt in Chile, competing in six Group One races and winning or placing in five of them!”

“And he was very versatile and looks the perfect cross for Danehill/Danzig line mares.”

And what a family he hails from, his dam Hamsaat Hi Haat – a half-sister to the French dual stakes winner Cristobal – being a granddaughter of the wonderful mare Sacahuista.

One of the best mares of her generation, Sacahuista did not race outside of Group company, winning six of her 21 starts, three of which were Group One races including the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Well and truly making her mark at stud, Sacahuista produced two successful stallions, the Group One galloper Ekraar (sire of four Group One winners) and the stakes placed Hussonet… outstanding sire of 97 stakes winners.

Meanwhile his famed sire Giant’s Causeway (who boasts an outstanding 9.7% stakes winner to runner ratio) has proven his worth as a sire of sires with six of his sons already siring Group 1 winners including the four-time Group 1 winner Shamardal whose 19 Group 1 winners including emerging Hong Kong star Pakistan Star.

The first Group 1 winning son of Giant’s Causeway to stand at stud in Victoria, Giant’s Steps will stand at $5500 (incl gst) for the 2018 season.

For further details contact Ridgeview on 0488 525 063 

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