Waikato Stud mourning loss of Pins


It is with great sadness that Waikato Stud announces the passing of champion resident sire Pins.

The 21-year-old son of Snippets died suddenly on Sunday due to complications from colic.

A Gr.1 Australian Guineas (2000m) winner, Pins retired to Waikato Stud in 2000 and enjoyed an outstanding career.

“I was on course the day he won and knew then that he would be a great horse to be a part of and for the past 18 years, he has been a phenomenal attribute to Waikato Stud and the New Zealand breeding industry,” stud principal Mark Chittick said.

“He has been a massive part of the growth we have experienced here at Waikato Stud and he has also been a big part of my growth personally.

“He was such a great character and had an incredible personality, but always knew how to keep you on your toes.”

The sire of eight individual Group One winners, Pins averaged eight stakes winners per season and produced 75 stakes winners, placing him fourth on the list of leading New Zealand stakes winners of all time.

He twice won the Centaine Award for the leading New Zealand-based sire for global progeny earnings and his record of stakes winners-to-runners places him in the top seven stallions of Australasia.

In Hong Kong, he was champion sire on two occasions and produced the dual Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon and the champion sprinter Aerovelocity.

“Pins was an incredible stallion and his versatility as a sire has always amazed me,” Chittick said.

“To be able to leave one of the world’s best sprinters in Aerovelocity, have Cup winners and winners aged two to eight is just incredible.

“Pins provided people with so much joy, from the people who have had the pleasure of working with him through to breeders and those who have raced his progeny.

His top Australian performer was the Gr.1 Cox Plate winner El Segundo while in New Zealand his top-flight winners includes Katie Lee.

She made history in 2009 when she became the first horse to complete the New Zealand 2000 and 1000 Guineas double.

“A huge highlight for us was racing his dual Group One-winning daughter Legs, who is now a prominent member of our broodmare band here at Waikato Stud,” Chittick said.

Pins also significantly contributed to the rise of Waikato Stud’s current champion stallion Savabeel and the cross runs at a consistent rate of 15 per cent stakes winners-from-runners.

“It is so hard for a stallion to achieve what he has accomplished and we are so grateful for the influence he has had on our broodmare band,” Chittick said.

International buyers at Karaka showed their regard for Pins, who has 70 per cent winners-to-runners ratio and seven individual millionaires.

In 2018, his yearlings averaged over $133,000, more than four times his service fee, with a top price of $420,000.

Pins is also well-established as a broodmare sire with his daughters having produced 28 stakes winners.

They include Australian Group One stars Stratum Star and Brambles and Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks winner Savvy Coup.

Pins initially stood at a fee of $9,000 and has stood for as much as $50,000 during his career. His 2018 fee had been set at $25,000.

He was bred and raced by Maurie McLeod, who has enjoyed breeding mares to him throughout his career.

Bloodstock agent Michael Otto originally brokered the deal for Waikato Stud, and shareholders Ancroft, Little Avondale and Fairdale Studs, to secure the stallion.

Pins has been laid to rest under the trees at the stallion barn alongside fellow champion stallions O’Reilly, Centaine and Pompeii Court.

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