Sequalo An Unsung Hero

This stallion had three winners last Saturday bringing his tally to 104 winners for the season, but you won’t find his progeny breaking records in the sale ring.

A brilliant Group II winning sprinter by Rustic Amber (GB), Sequalo has carved out a very successful niche for himself in Queensland as a prolific source of winners including improving two year-old filly Golden Trinkets, who bolted in at Toowoomba on Saturday evening.

Leading Sires by Australian Winners 2010/2011

"She had a lovely soft win at Ipswich the other day, but this seemed an easier win. He (jockey Nori Yamada) hasn’t let her go yet,” said winning trainer Richie Stephenson.

"She’s barely a pony you know, barely 15 hands, and she’s won $37,000 in the last two weeks including QTIS.”

Golden Trinkets (pictured courtesy Toowoomba Turf Club) started as a short priced favourite and took her record to two wins and a second from three starts when cruising clear to win by three and a half lengths.

Sequalo has sired over a century of winners in six of the last seven seasons, the only recent season he missed out being the EI affected 2007/2008, when Queensland racing was severely disrupted as a result of the outbreak of equine influenza.

Stallion

Rnrs

Wnrs

SW(SWins)

Earnings

Best Performer

Commands

323

146

10(13)

$7,016,663

Erewhon - 336,250

Encosta de Lago

322

138

13(16)

$6,926,013

Aloha - 693,076

Lonhro

233

127

14(20)

$8,663,491

Beaded - 1,002,100

Testa Rossa

277

122

7(9)

$5,953,563

Pane in the Glass - 550,500

Redoute's Choice

261

118

13(16)

$7,280,746

Absolutely - 447,000

Exceed and Excel

215

113

7(9)

$4,750,179

Helmet - 677,300

Bianconi (USA)

265

109

2(2)

$2,876,093

Fillydelphia - 121,100

Bel Esprit

244

108

2(9)

$6,848,534

Black Caviar - 2,990,800

Sequalo

247

104

2(2)

$3,040,857

Bold Glance - 525,100

Flying Spur

247

103

8(10)

$5,016,670

Satin Shoes - 344,650

More Than Ready (USA)

235

101

9(22)

$6,987,047

More Joyous - 1,512,500

Figures courtesy Arion

Sequalo has always been popular with local Queensland breeders covering over 1800 mares in his 14 seasons at stud, his initial stud fee a modest $2,500.

Even at age 20 last spring, Sequalo (pictured) still covered 75 mares at a fee of $17,600 and there is still plenty of life in him yet.

"He’s an amazing horse and has been very good to us,” said Lyndhurst Stud Manager, Jeff Kruger.

"His progeny are easy to sell, the breakers love them, the trainers love them, he just gets a good useful horse and if you saw some of the early mares he covered you’d wonder how he could possibly do it.”

Superbly managed throughout his career by the Kruger family, who own and run Lyndhurst Stud on the Darling Downs near Warwick in Queensland, Sequalo is the latest in a long line of prolific winner-getters that have made Lyndhurst a premier source of quality thoroughbreds for more than 100 years.

"Sequalo has had Cushing’s Disease for the last six years, which is something older horses can get, but we look after him with a special diet and he eats well and breeds well, so as long as he is healthy and happy we’ll keep going with him,” Kruger revealed.

Star stallions of the past for Lyndhurst include Smokey Eyes (IRE), Hail to Success (USA), Grand Chaudiere (Can), Head Over Heels (Fr) and Celestial Dancer (IRE), who died in 2007 at age 28.

With Sequalo now cast in the role of senior statesman, Lyndhurst have moved to secure new sire talent with young Danehill (USA) stallion Hidden Dragon already judged a success with his oldest progeny just three year-olds and newcomer Drumbeats attracting much interest.

By Tara Madgwick – Breednet

Last modified on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 06:50

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