NZ Briefs for 24th March 2023

Profondo service fee confirmed; Lim's Kosciuszko reigns supreme at Singapore Racing awards;

PROFONDO winning the Moet & Chandon Spring Champion
PROFONDO winning the Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

Profondo service fee confirmed

Deep Impact's much admired, Group One-winning son Profondo has arrived and settled in well at Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge ahead of his first season at stud this year.

The $1.9 million sales topping colt was recently purchased for stud duties by a triumvirate consisting of Windsor Park Stud, Mapperley Stud and Lion Rock Bloodstock.

The recent success of Profondo's sireline through Deep Impact's son Satono Aladdin has served to focus further attention on Profondo's credentials, with the Rich Hill Stud stallion the sire of Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner Pennyweka and Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) winner Tokyo Tycoon.

"Since we announced we had secured Profondo the response from breeders in New Zealand and Australia has been phenomenal," Windsor Park studmaster Rodney Schick said.

"He has been special from the time he was a foal, living up to his breeding and sales performance by winning at the elite Group One level on the racetrack.

"Now that breeders here have the opportunity to view him in the flesh they understand why he achieved what he did.

"We have been taking applications as demand for his services is high and because we have a limited number of outside nominations available to him we are announcing his fee earlier than planned and have set it at $17,500+GST for 2023."

Lim's Kosciuszko reigns supreme at Singapore Racing awards

Lim's Kosciuszko  reigned supreme at the Singapore Racing awards this week, crowned Champion Sprinter, Champion Four-Year-Old, and Horse of the Year.

Unbeaten at his first four runs in 2021, the Trelawney Stud-bred gelding picked up where he left off with another four consecutive wins in 2022.

He suffered three defeats before bouncing back with victory in the Singapore Derby (1800m), which cemented his new status as the Champion Four-Year-Old.

Barely a month later, Lim's Kosciuszko showed his versatility by scooping up the Lion City Cup (1200m), that earned him the gong for the Champion Sprinter award.

Trainer Daniel Meagher was elated with the son of Kermadec's achievement.

"I was hopeful before (the award ceremony), but to achieve what he has done, we are all very proud of him," he said.

"He represented Singapore in Hong Kong, and even if it was disappointing then, the horse has improved and came back to win a Group 3 (Merlion Trophy) this year.

Lim's Kosciuszko is ready to stamp his dominance at weight-for-age level in the S$300,000 Raffles Cup (1600m) on Saturday.

While confidence levels in the Lim's Kosciuszko camp were generally high, Meagher was cautiously optimistic, with the main target further down the road.

"Sure he can win, but he's not fully screwed down for this," Meagher said.

"The Kranji Mile (on May 20) is his grand final, so we have to leave some in the tank.

"You can't go to the well every time, so we really have to plan for peaks throughout the year."

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