Super VOBIS State welcomes St Jean

Group 3 winner St Jean (Ire) has been retired to stand at Brackley Park in Victoria.

A winner in Ireland, Australia & NZ, he will stand for a $3,300 (inc gst) service fee together with former Patinack Stud sire Murtajil (Rock Of Gibraltar) at $4,400 (inc gst).

The Avenel stud is operated by Grant and Joanne Dwyer and was home to Globetrotter (Street Cry) until his recent transfer to Forrest Beach Estate in WA.

St Jean (Teofilo – Oriental Fashion by Marju) began his career with Irish trainer Kevin Prendergast and demolished a Tramore maiden (2400m) by 16 lengths in June 2013. Owner-breeder Hadi Al-Tajir then put him on the market and Warrnambool trainer Aaron Purcell paid $150,000 to bring him out to Australia.

He began paying that back with wins at Warrnambool, Caulfield, Sandown and Moonee Valley before a transfer to Kiwi trainers Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs pre-empted a Group 3 victory in the City of Auckland Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie in January.

“He’s very clean-winded and the further he had raced, the better,” Logan said. “He’s got brilliant bloodlines and deserves his chance at stud.”

St Jean’s sire Teofilo has done an excellent job at stud, having a very high ratio of stakes winners to runners. His Australian progeny including Group 1 winners Humidor, Kermadec and Palentino.

The Dwyers welcomed St Jean to Brackley Park straight from his latest staying preparation in NZ. “He is quite a big horse, with a large chest, an athletic build and very correct,” Grant Dwyer added. “He’s just a great type and is a perfect match for breeders with sprinter-miler type mares hoping to breed something that will get over 2400m and further.”

Irish-bred stayer (No.3) wins a Group 3 at Ellerslie