Paco Boy Service Fee Announced
20 January 2011
The outstanding triple Group One winner Paco Boy, who has been secured for stud duty by the Chittick family’s Matamata farm in conjunction with Highclere Stud in the United Kingdom, will begin his Southern Hemisphere service later this year at a fee of $12,500 plus GST.
“We are very excited to offer the Australasian breeders the opportunity to use a horse of this calibre at such a competitive fee. His legendary international reputation makes him a must for breeders in the 2011 season and beyond,” says studmaster Mark Chittick.
The champion older miler of Great Britain in 2009, Paco Boy was the top-flight winner of the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, the Group One Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes and the Group One Prix de la Foret at Longchamp. One of five Group One winners by champion Green Desert sprinter Desert Style, he will be a string match for leading Australasian sire lines and combined with his explosive acceleration he possesses all the attributes of a successful stallion.
“We are thrilled to have purchased Paco Boy as we regard him as one of the best international performers to retire to stud in New Zealand for some years,” Mark Chittick said. ” I have always had it drummed into me that a horse’s turn of foot is paramount and I’ve never seen anything like this horse’s explosiveness. He’s going to provide a total outcross for our Centaine, O’Reilly and Pins mares.”
Paco Boy has been purchased in a joint venture between Waikato Stud and leading United Kingdom farm Highclere Stud. “He is a grandson of the amazing sire of sires Green Desert and we count ourselves lucky to be in the position to stand what is one of the toughest, most prolific milers to retire to stud in living memory,” Highclere’s John Warren said.
Paco Boy was prepared through his campaign by champion English trainer Richard Hannon. “He’s such a lovely horse to deal with and he’s grown into a great old favourite – he’ll be a very hard horse to forget,” said Hannon. “I’ve got pictures of him all over the house. He’s a horse with everything. He’s got a cruising speed and then, when you get him into the race, he’s got a turn of foot – this shows how good he really is.”
Paco Boy is also the Group Two winner of the Sandown Mile (twice) and the Hungerford and Lennox Stakes, the Group Three Greenham Stakes and the Listed Spring Cup. He earned a Timeform rating of 128 and further emphasised his class and genuine nature with Group One placings in the Queen Anne, Sussex Stakes, Foret and Prix Jacques la Marois.