One of Lion Hunter’s most accomplished sons, has arrived at Oaklands Stud to take up where his dad left off.
The precocious Lion Hunter became a revelation for Queensland breeding when he retired to Oaklands Stud in the late 90s. His first crop yielded the high grade dual G1 winner Lovely Jubly, whose string of key victories included the Magic Millions and TJ Smith Classic.
Lion Hunter, however, died in 2004.
But not before cutting an indelible mark with his offspring delivering sires championships in each subsequent season since 2001.
Oaklands Stud principal Neville Stewart is delighted to have acquired Ferocity with the help of Sheriff Iskander of Iskander Racing and other clients.
Stewart regards Ferocity as the perfect substitute for his deceased sire, saying Ferocity carries all the necessary prerequisites to succeed in the stallion barn.
“He comes from a proven sire line through Lion Hunter, Danehill, Danzig and Northern Dancer,” Stewart said.
“I wanted a pedigree with some Star Kingdom influence – and in his pedigree he has Ritmar who was a very good filly by Star Kingdom.”
Ritmar won the 1959 VRC Lightning as a two-year-old, and was sold to the US where among her foals was the New Zealand sire Diplomatic Star, sire of Ferocity’s grand-dam.
“But just as importantly, Ferocity was an exceptional racehorse,” Stewart said.
He contested 10 races, six of which were stakes races, up to 1400 metres, finishing with three victories (Adelaide Magic Millions; G2, Ascot Vale Stakes; VRC Festive Season) and four placings including 3rd VRC Sires’ Produce S.
(G2) for track earnings of $656,500. He collected prizemoney in 80 percent of his outings.
“There isn’t a doubt in my mind Ferocity will be just as good as his sire, perhaps even better,”
Ferocity was good enough to claim the Adelaide Magic Millions and ran third in the time honoured Victoria Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old before taking a break from training.
When he won the Group 2 Ascot Vale Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in the spring, he eclipsed a virtual Golden Slipper field leaving the likes of Fashions Afield and Written Tycoon in his wake.
He won the Ascot Vale Stakes by three-quarters of a length in near record time (1minute 8.35 seconds) with a final 600m race sectional of 33.14 seconds.
Ferocity has been retired from racing in the peak of condition and commenced stud duties in 2006-07.
His service fee for 2012-13 is $8,800 incl GST.
FEROCITY comes from a proven sire line.
FEROCITY (AUS) (Lion Hunter-Chiara, by Last Tycoon)(Gr 2002 - Entered stud in 2006-7)
10 Starts 3 wins, 1-2nd, 3-3rds -$656,500
Won Flemington Ascot Vale S. G2 (1200m), Festive Season 1100 (1100m), Morphettville Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic (1200m), 2nd Flemington Carnival S. L, 3rd Flemington Sires' Produce S. G2, Poseidon S. L, Talindert S. L, 4th Flemington Rory's Jester S. G3.
His sire LION HUNTER is a son of
DANEHILL (USA) (Danzig-Razyana, by His Majesty) (Bay 1986- Stud 1990)
4 wins-1 at 2, Haydock, Sprint Cup, G1.
Champion Aust.Sire-9 times. Sire of 297 SW.
LION HUNTER (AUS) (Danehill-Pure Of Heart, by Godswalk)(Gr. 1992 - Stud 1998) Won 3 races at 1200m, 2nd AJC Galaxy H., G1.
Sire of 11 SWs LOVELY JUBLY, G1(2), GOLD EDITION G1, G2(2), G3(2); FEROCITY G2, STREET SMART G2, LEONE CHIARA G3, UPILIO, MIDNIGHT CITY, STRAWBERRY MALT, POACHERS LUCK, ANY SUGGESTION, OCTOBER GREY. 9 SPs Flion Fenena, Star Lion, Lion Safari, Lil Elsa, Bullala, Sharna Mist, Ninetyfive Seal, Sexy Beast, Rampant Lion;
also winners Feline Hunter, One Shot, Roar Prospect, Kelly’s Wish, Cougar Miss, Hotelier, Lunar Pride, Van Rooyen, Rosco’s Circus, Dulacca Diva, Mr Barlow, Nik Nak Noee, Sharka Zulu, Miss Glamour Puss, Gordian Knot, Miss Carolion, Roar Talent, Misile Hunter, Chasseresse, Hucktooie, Chasing Butterflys, Halluce’s Devotion, Bakula, Power Hunt, Nyavirezi, Lion Lair, Duke Sam, Lauriston Rose and Wild Colonial.
As at 28.11.06 LION HUNTER is second on the 2006-7 Australian Sires by Winners table with 52 individual winners of 72 races from 177 starters for earnings of $1,533.750 (as at 28.11.06).
FEROCITY was foaled by CHIARA, a quality producing daughter of LAST TYCOON.
As a broodmare sire LAST TYCOON has sired 746 winners 73 SWs, inc KELTOS (G1), KING'S DRAMA (G1), THE DEPUTY (G1), HILL OF GRACE (G1), SUNTAGONAL (G1), THE MIGHTY LIONS (G1), LACHLAN RIVER (G1), VINTAGE TIPPLE (G1), RENEWABLE (G2), LEGALLY BAY (G3), TAIKUN (G3) etc (as at 28.11.06).
CHIARA is a daughter of G3 winner ETOILE D'OR and from the family of G1 winners SUPER TAI, MAHTOUM, STEELY DAN and EASTERN TIME.
CHIARA, by LAST TYCOON (IRE) 1 win at 1000m at 2 in Australia.
Dam of seven foals, five are named, four to race, three winners - 2 SW, 1 SP
LEONE CHIARA (1999 f by Lion Hunter) 7 wins at 1000m, 1100m and $349,050.
Won RN Irwin Stks Morphetville G3, SAJC Baker Young H. L, VRC Canon Sprint, VRC Mitty's Sprint, MRC Holmesglen Super Vobis H., VRC Sally Malay Sprint, MRC Conditions H. 2nd VRC Century S. L.
FEROCITY (2002 h by Lion Hunter) 3 wins at 1100m-1200m, $656,500. See above.
LORD SERENGETI (2001 g by Lion Hunter) 1 win at 1000m and $37,775. Won Warrnambool RC Maiden P., 2nd VRC NevilleGay H., 3rd MRC Turf Ruler H.
Battle's Thunder - High Roller (Mac.) (2000 g by Thunder Gulch (USA)) Placed to 1800m, 3rd Taipa Macau Guineas L.
ETOILE D'OR, by Diplomatic Star (USA). 9 wins 1200 to 1600m. Won Manawatu RC Eulogy S. G3, WRC Wellington S. G3, Waikato RC P & M Plaza Purse L. 2nd AuRC Ladies Mile G3. 3rd WRC New Zealand Oaks G1, AuRC Lindauer S. G2, WRC Cuddle S. G3, Rotorua RC Rotorua Travelodge S. L, Waipa RC Galilee S. L. 4th Waikato RC Waikato Guineas G3.
Dam of 6 foals, all raced, 3 winners inc.-.
SIR DONALD 11 wins 1400m to 2370m and $130,500.
Won WATC H., WATC Conditions H., WATC Class 6 H., TRC Hydro H. 3rd WATC Class 6 H., WATC Class 6 H., TTC K J Blakeley H.
MARCHWILL, by Battle-Waggon (GB) Unraced.
Half-sister to SUPER TAI, SOVITA.
Dam of 8 named foals, all raced, 2 winners inc.-
ETOILE D'OR See above.
GLOSSY PRINT 5 wins 1000m to 1206m and $53,280.
Won SAJC Allegation H., SAJC Helen Montagu Plate, SAJC Adelaide Casino H. 2nd SAJC Rajah Sahib H., SAJC Keepers H. 3rd SAJC Delville H. 4th SAJC Dermody S. G3.
Dam of 3 winners inc.
SHARP FOCUS 2 wins at 900m, 1000m. Won SAJC Quin Marine H.
Ribolita, by Ribotlight (GB) 3 wins at 1mile, 9f 2nd Dunedin JC Dunedin Guineas and J.B. Reid Cup L. 4th WRC Desert Gold S. G2, CJC New Zealand Oaks G2. Half-sister to BAHRAIN.
Dam of 6 named foals, 3 raced, all winners inc.
SUPER TAI (c by Taipan (USA)) 12 wins 1100m to 2060m. Won Waikato RC Lion Brown Sprint S. G1, Rotorua RC Challenge S. G3. 2nd WRC Double Brown H. G1, WRC DB H. G1, Manawatu RC Awapuni Gold Cup G2, AuRC Galaxy S. G3, Taumarunui RC Taumarunui Cup L, Waikato RC Waikato Travel Centre S. L, Manawatu RC Radio 2ZA H. L, Waikato RC Waikato Travel Centre S. L, Feilding JC Feilding S. L (2).