Assertive Lad's half-brother welcomed
Judy Marheine, the manager of the family's quality Stratheden Stud bordered by the Peel River near Tamworth, is welcoming a new star in their foaling paddocks, a robust bay colt born on November 15 following the mating of Danehill with the imported American bred Sommes Sound.
This colt is a brother to the filly that Stratheden sold for a new Australian record yearling filly price of $1.5million, also the high for all 2002 yearling selling, at the William Inglis Easter sale, It is also a brother to a colt which should again stir overseas bidders as well as locals when it is offered by the stud at next year's Easter sale.
The value of the latest foal out of Sommes Sound, and also the yearling, has been further enhanced by the win of their illustrious half-brother Assertive Lad in the $125,750 Melbourne Racing Club Stakes at Caulfield on October 19.
That win took the record of Assertive Lad, a gelded son of the Newhaven Park Stud based multiple Group1 winning sprinter Zeditave, to eight wins from 15 starts and earnings to $3,358,275. In the Gai Waterhouse stable, he was an Australian champion at two and three but missed his four-year-old season through injury.
Also dam of Assertive Lad's very talented sister Assertive Lass, a winner of the Flight Stakes and Coolmore Classic and second in the AJC Oaks, Sommes Sound is by the French and Irish Derby winner Assert, a son of the influential Northern Dancer sire Be My Guest and Irish Bird, a daughter of one of Europe's greatest ever racehorses, Sea-Bird.
Brian Russell Bloodstock Media Service
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