Lionhearted retires to Grenville Stud

Grenville Stud owner Graeme McCulloch has signed Lindsay Park colt Lionhearted to stand in Tasmania.

Lionhearted (Fastnet Rock – Scandinavia by Snippets) is a member of arguably the best family in the Australian Stud Book.  He’s a three-quarter brother to leading Victorian sire Magnus and a half-brother to the dam of world-champion Black Caviar and champion colt All Too Hard.

Sent to Sydney after a midfield debut in the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield, he finished second in the G2 Skyline Stakes and fourth in the G2 Pago Pago Stakes before returning home for another fourth in the LR Redoute’s Choice Stakes at Caulfield.

Lionhearted was given an easy kill in a Werribee maiden earlier this year but was retired shortly after finishing down the track in the LR Moomba Plate (1100m) at Flemington in March.

His sire Fastnet Rock is already making a mark with young sire-sons Hinchinbrook, Foxwedge, Smart Missile and Your Song.

“Lionhearted’s pedigree is unmatched and combined with his 2yo speed makes him a serious stallion prospect,” McCulloch said.  “He’s an exceptional type with a real presence and provides an outstanding opportunity for breeders to utilise a stallion with a real stallion’s pedigree.”

He will stand for a $4,950 (inc gst) fee alongside G1 Doomben Cup winner Mawingo (Ger) whose first yearlings sold to $80,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Mawingo stood one season in Victoria before transferring to Grenville where he’s averaged over 40 mares in two subsequent books.  McCulloch has catalogued his first Tassie waenlings for the Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale in June.