Coolmore's Justify to shuttle for Australian breeding season

April 04, 2019 09:48am
Justify followed in American Pharoah's footsteps as a Triple Crown winner who retired to stand at Coolmore's Ashford Stud. Likewise, the son of Scat Daddy will also shuttle to Australia for the Southern Hemisphere's breeding season, it was announced Thursday.

Colm Santry, Coolmore Australia's sales and nominations manager, called the move "hugely exciting," adding that "we are very much looking forward to showing Justify to Australian breeders in a couple of months’ time."

"It is an absolute privilege to stand him at Coolmore Australia alongside our other U.S. Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, who has already been so well supported by Australian breeders,” said Coolmore Australia principal Tom Magnier.

This time last year, Justify was two wins into an unbeaten six-race career that culminated with four straight Grade 1 wins: the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

Later named 2018 Horse of the Year, he proved to be the best son of the late Coolmore stallion Scat Daddy, known as a top producer of both dirt and turf horses.

“Scat Daddy was an incredible sire who has made an instant impact as a sire of sires and we look forward to standing his best son in Jerry’s Plains,” Magnier said.

“History tells us the best racehorses make the best sires," added Santry. "Justify is a horse of incredibly rare ability, and to stand him alongside fellow U.S. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Hunter Valley is a huge show of faith in the strength of the Australian industry by the Magnier family."

Coolmore Australia, established in 1996, is located on 8,000 acres in, as Magnier mentioned, a region known as Jerrys Plains, about three hours north of Sydney. Among those raised on the property was Winx, the local legend who has won 32 straight races.

Coolmore Australia also stands the Triple Crown-winning 2-year-old Pierro, with Santry suggesting given the additions of Justify and American Pharoah that "it’s probably the first time in history that three Triple Crown winners have stood at one stud in the same season anywhere in the world."


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