Sequalo set for another milestone

Lyndhurst Stud sire Sequalo is poised to pass another milestone with his 100th individual winner this season.  He reached 99 on Saturday with two new winners for 2009-10 in the shape of Gidyea Coals and Spirito Volante.

Gidyea Coals (7g Sequalo – Golden Assay by Golden Glimmer) won a Class 6 Plate at Barcaldine to take his record to 8 wins from 39 starts.  He is trained by Charlie Prow at Blackall and was visiting the winner’s stall for the first time since November 2007 at Barcaldine.

Spirito Volante (7g Sequalo – Noble Hall by Light Spirits) is prepared by Pat Webster at St George and he won a Class 3 Plate by a length at Charleville on Saturday.  It ended a long run of outs since his last win at Eagle Farm in February 2008.

They are members of the same crop that produced the Sequalo stakes winners Secrets Untold (Tatts Recognition Stakes), Sequallan (QTC Lightning Handicap), Sequestrate (QTC Bribie Handicap) and Magic Cat (Macau Sprint Trophy).

Sequalo (Rustic Amber) has now sired 443 individual winners at a 64% strike-rate since retiring to Lyndhurst in 1997.  He regularly finishes in the Top 10 on the Australian winners’ premiership and he has topped the century mark for the last six years except for 2007.

Sequalo’s best result was 115 individual winners in 2007-08 when he finished fourth behind Encosta de Lago, Commands and Redoute’s Choice.

Sequalo upholds a winning tradition at Lyndhurst that goes back to the 1880s when C.E. McDougall commenced breeding thoroughbreds at the Warwick property.  The Buzzard stood with distinction at Lyndhurst siring the Melbourne Cup winners Old Rowley and Rainbird plus Caulfield Cup winners Buzalong and Basha Felika.

Lyndhurst was purchased by brothers Percy and Ted Kruger in 1956 and their foundation stallion Smokey Eyes sired champion filly Eye Liner to win 14 races including the 1965 AJC Champagne Stakes at Randwick.

Lyndhurst has been home to Smokey Eyes, Hail to Success, Grand Chaudiere, Head Over Heels and Celestial Dancer and they have all topped the Australian premiership in the winners’ category.  

Lyndhurst is now under the management of Jeffrey Kruger and he will stand Sequalo for a $17,600 (inc gst) service fee in 2010.