First black-type winner for Stowaway
WHYTEMOUNT Stud stallion Stowaway was represented by his first black-type winner on Thursday when Western Leader landed the Grade 2 Michael Purcell Novices’ Hurdle at Thurles.
Stowaway’s stud career is becoming a rags to riches story.
Though the son of Slip Anchor was a high-class middle-distance horse – he won the Gordon Stakes and Great Voltigeur Stakes at three, and the inaugural Dubai Sheema Classic the next season – he had covered around only 30 mares each season since retiring to stud, mostly Whytemount Stud’s own mares, until last year when he covered around 120 mares on the back of siring four promising bumper winners in the 2008-09 season.
Western Leader, bred by Whytemount Stud owner Ronnie O’Neill out of the Supreme Leader mare Western Whisper, was one of those bumper winners. It bodes well for Stowaway’s siring ability that Western Leader is the first winner to appear under his first two dams.
Stowaway will this year cover mares – including Western Whisper again - at a fee of €1,000 with October 1 terms at Whytemount Stud in Kells, County Kilkenny.