We remember our champion sires that have played a role in shaping the New Zealand Thoroughbred industry.

Sacred Falls

By O'Reilly from Iguazu's Girl (by Redoute's Choice)


Along with his own sire, O’Reilly, the most loved horse ever bred at WS. Uniquely, he was foaled, reared and sold as a yearling: but bought back by WS both to race and stand at stud, retiring in 2015. Sacred Falls was dominant on the track; defeating Pierro in 2014 he became the first horse in 50 years to win back to back Doncasters. His Hawkes Bay Guineas win was unbelievable: losing ten lengths at the barrier, he still beat the best three-year-olds. Sacred Falls had all the attributes: superior ability, good looks, gentlemanly manners, high fertility and a nature that endeared him to everyone. He was special in so many ways to everyone in the extended WS family. His heartfelt and tragic loss at such a young age has been accompanied by a flood of Tower Road tears.


2012 New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Gr. 1
2013 ATC Doncaster Handicap, Gr. 1
2014 ATC Doncaster Handicap, Gr. 1
2014 ATC George Main Stakes, Gr. 1
2013 HBJC Hawkes Bay Guineas, Gr. 2
2013 WRC Sarten Memorial Stakes, Gr. 3


2018 Leading First Season Sire

Sacred Falls


By Snippets, from No Finer (by Kaoru Star)


The king of consistency, Pins averages eight stakes winners per season and has sired 84 individual Stakes winners. Pins has twice won the Centaine Award for the leading New Zealand based sire based on global progeny earnings, and his record of stakes winners-to-runners places him in the top seven stallions of Australasia. Pins has also been crowned champion sire in Hong Kong twice following the Group One success of his sons Aerovelocity and Ambitious Dragon.

Pins’s nine individual Group One winners include Madison County, El Segundo, Aerovelocity, Ambitious Dragon, Katie Lee, Legs, Econsul, Porotene Gem and A Touch of Ruby.

A potent broodmare sire, daughters of Pins have produced 28 Stakes winners including Group One winners Savvy Coup, Brambles, Stratum Star and D B Pin.

Awards Won

Two-time Centaine Award Winner
Two-time Champion Hong Kong Sire



By Last Tycoon, from Courtza (by Pompeii Court)


O’Reilly was a real Kiwi legend. Not only has he sired 91 Stakes winners to date, he was a dominant broodmare sire and his daughters have produced 14 Group One winners including Embellish, Provocative, Jon Snow, Sacred Star, Savaria, Chenille, Steps in Time, Diademe, Costume, Daffodil, The Pooka, I Do, Hucklebuck and Irish Fling.

O’Reilly has sired 15 individual Group One winners including Sacred Capital, Brutal, Grunt, Sacred Falls, Silent Achiever, Alamosa, Shamrocker, Final Destination, Maco O’Reilly, The Jewel, Guyno, Swick, Master O’Reilly, O’Marilyn and Shamexpress.

Awards Won

Four-time Champion New Zealand Sire
Four-time Centaine Award Winner
Three-time Dewar Award Winner
Three-time Champion NZ 3-year-old New Zealand Sire
Two-time Champion New Zealand Broodmare Sire
Two-time Champion Hong Kong Sire

O'Reilly, a Kiwi legend.


By Century, from Rainbeam (by Vain)


A phenomenal sire and broodmare sire, Centaine was Waikato Stud’s foundation stallion and has been highly influential in producing some of the most prolific broodmares in Australasia.

A true breed-shaping sire, Centaine’s daughters have produced 116 stakes winners, including the likes of Mongolian Khan, Littorio, Alamosa, Jimmy Choux, Giovana, Glamour Puss, Vision and Power, Cent Home and Legs. Centaine was a six-time Champion New Zealand Broodmare Sire, siring a total of 605 winners during his stud career, including 61 Stakes winners – 11 of which were Group One winners.

Awards Won

Six-time Champion New Zealand Broodmare Sire
Two-time Champion New Zealand Two-Year-old Sire
Champion First Season Sire
Dewar Award Winner

Centaine with Mark.