Stowaway was a top Godolphin runner and is now a promising jumps sirePICTURE: Martin Lynch
Stealth like Stowaway making growing impact
WHYTEMOUNT Stud stallion Stowaway enhanced his stealth like impact as a jumps sire when Hidden Cyclone won the Grade 2 Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown and Mart Lane made a promising debut in the bumper.
Hidden Cyclone, who also won the Grade 3 For Auction Novice Hurdle at Navan in November, is only Stowaway's second black-type winner following Mart Lane's full-brother Western Leader, but that is not so surprising.
The son of Slip Anchor, a high-class racehorse for Godolphin, had covered only around 30 mares each season since retiring to stud, mostly Whytemount Stud's own mares,but a strong of promising bumper runners saw his book rise to 120 mares last year.
Hidden Cyclone is bred, like Western Leader, by Whytemount Stud owner Ronnie O'Neill, whose operation is based at Kells in County Kilkenny.
Sold by O 'Neill for €21,000 at Tattersalls Ireland in June 2009, Hidden Cyclone is the only winning foal of the unraced mare Hurricane Debbie, a half-sister to Berude Not To who has a four-year-old gelding, three-year-old colt, two-year-old filly and yearling filly all by Stowaway.