Paco Boy Making Big Early Impression
11 August 2011
The international G1 jetsetter Paco Boy touched down at Waikato Stud earlier this week and has wasted no time making a big impression.
“As soon as he walked off the float, we were thrilled,” explained Waikato Stud’s General Manager, Mark Chittick.
“First impressions count for a lot and I really couldn’t be happier. Sometimes they arrive looking a little bit worse for wear from traveling, but being the seasoned traveller that he is, he has taken it all in his stride.”
During his illustrious racing career, Paco Boy’s passport included elite level missions to Great Britain, France, USA, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates, and elite G1 success was subsequently enjoyed in the Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes (1600m), the Longchamp Prix de la Foret (1400m) and in the Newbury Lockinge Stakes (1600m).
“He had a freakish turn of foot and when you see how athletic he is in the flesh, you can see why,” added Mark.
The early response from the triple G1 winner’s private parades so far, echo such thoughts.
“Of the people we have had come out to have a look at him for their mare, not one has left without making a booking”.
Not surprisingly, Waikato Stud is keen to make the eight time Group winning sire as accessible as possible to breeding enthusiasts.
“We are going to have a parade on Sunday August 21 for him. On this day, people will be able to drop in and see him any time from 10am to 2pm,” said Mark.
“For those who can’t make this and who don’t want to see him on their own, he will also be paraded as part of the Waikato Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stallion Parade just under a week later on Saturday August 27 at 1:50pm.”
Matching the early impression made in New Zealand, Paco Boy – who will stand here for $12,500 plus gst, proved extremely popular at his first season at stud for Highclere Stud in the UK. The Champion Miler covered 133 mares and achieved a 90% fertility rate.