Stravinsky's First Mare Covered In Foal

31 Oct 2009

Sir Patrick Hogan reports from Cambridge Stud that the first mare covered by Stravinsky - immediately on his arrival earlier this month - has been scanned 16 days in foal.


Within three hours of arriving at Cambridge Stud on the 12th of October, Stravinsky had an appointment in the serving barn.  This came after a long haul from his northern hemisphere base in Japan.


Stravinsky finished serving in Japan on the 10th of July.  After ten days in isolation in Japan he left for America where he had two months quarantine at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.  From there he had three weeks quarantine in Melbourne before being transported to New Zealand.


It's the first time Stravinsky has been available to New Zealand breeders since 2006.  In 2007 he stood at Coolmore Stud in NSW due to the Equine Influenza outbreak in Australia stopping him entering New Zealand.  Quarantine complications made his return impossible again last year and Cambridge Stud has worked hard to secure his services for 2009.


Stravinsky is currently the sire of 59 individual black type winners.  The son of Nureyev has had winners in 30 countries including 149 in Australia, 128 in America and 99 in New Zealand.


The commercial appeal of Stravinsky was evident at this year's Karaka Premier Sale where his 31 yearlings sold for an average price of $195,194.  The second-leading seller at the sale, a Stravinsky filly from Diamond Smile, fetched $775,000 to the bid of prominent buyer Dean Hawthorne.


Stravinsky's book has been limited to 100 mares at a fee of $35,000 plus gst.