Stratum left a legacy as a serious sire when he succumbed to a heart attack at Widden Stud last year.
A son of Redoute’s Choice, he won the 2005 Golden Slipper and set the bar for a successful stud career by siring 2010 Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily in his first crop.
Stratum sired another Group 1 prospect when I’m All The Talk exploded to a three-length victory in the G3 Skyline Stakes in the lead-up to the 2012 Golden Slipper. But a couple of checks and a lost plate put those dreams to bed before the home turn in the big race.
Fortunately for Sunspeed breeders, the bad luck at Rosehill was a blessing for Mungrup Stud.
Golden Slipper winning colts from the Danehill sireline are syndicated for north of $30 million and that puts them out of reach for any stud outside the Hunter Valley.
I’m All The Talk was in the right price-range for Mungrup Stud and an added advantage is Stratum’s outstanding winning strike-rate in Perth. He dominated last year’s Ascot summer carnival with interstate raiders Stratum Star (G1 Kingston Town Classic) and Takedown (G1 Winterbottom Stakes).
Stratum Star retires to Widden Stud this year for an $11,000 service fee and Takedown will attempt to win another Group 1 in the Doomben 10,000 this Saturday.
Stratum’s locally-trained sons and daughters have been on fire this season with winners the calibre of Battle Hero (G3 Roma Cup), Divine Calling (LR Scenic Blast Stakes), Precious Memories (LR Challenge Stakes) and Champion 2YO elect Lucy Mae (G2 Karrakatta Plate).
Group 1 horseman Gary Portelli rated I’m All The Talk the fastest sprinter out of the gates he’s ever trained. “He loved to lead and just roll through the gears. He’s a terrific stallion prospect and WA trainers will love his two year-olds.”
I’m All The Talk will cover his second book for a $5,500 service fee alongside Oratorio ($8,800) and Playing God ($4,400) at Mungrup Stud this year. All fees (inc gst).