Three time champion in the U.S. and winner of seven grade I stakes, Castleton Lyons' stallion Gio Ponti will not shuttle to Australia's Arrowfield Stud for the 2013 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
The 8-year-old stallion stood his first season in 2012 at home in Kentucky at Castleton Lyons, where he was bred and raised. He spent the 2012 Southern Hemisphere season at Arrowfield.
According to Castleton Lyons' manager Stuart Fitzgibbon, "It just made more sense to keep him here this season. He has been very popular in his first two years (at stud) here."
Fitzgibbon said future trips south have not been ruled out for Gio Ponti. "That's not to say that he won't go back in the future," he said. "We haven't closed any doors."
While Gio Ponti is spending time here in the north, Castleton Lyons has made arrangements to for the son of Tale of the Cat to cover mares on Southern Hemisphere time.
"We've always bred a few mares on Southern Hemisphere time; when we had Bernstein standing here we did the same," Fitzgibbon said. "It made sense to offer that for Gio Ponti as well.
"It's a pretty small market, but there is a trend in Kentucky for farms to make available the stallions that they have (on Southern Hemisphere time) when possible. It fills a gap."
According to the Castleton Lyons website, the three-time Eclipse award winner is currently available on Southern Hemisphere time for breeders at a special fee of US$10,000, stands and nurses.