Golden Slipper Stakes winner Sebring at Rosehill Gardens on April 19.

Golden Slipper Stakes winner Sebring at Rosehill Gardens on April 19.

Mark Gatt

Stud Deal Made for Aussie Juvenile Star

Widden Stud buys Sebring for a reported AUS$30 million.

He’s a year younger than Big Brown, but Australia's inevitable 2-year-old champion Sebring, who failed last week by a nose to capture the Aussie Triple Crown, has been sold by his syndicate of owners for a reported AUS$30 million (about U.S.$28.5 million).

The famed Widden Stud in the Widden Valley of New South Wales will stand the son of More Than Ready, out of Purespeed (by Flying Spur), when he finishes his racing career.

And being a farm that has had massive success with former group I Golden Slipper winners in the past, Widden’s general manager Antony Thompson is over the moon about securing this year’s exciting Slipper winner.

"He is the most sought-after stallion prospect to emerge in a very long time, and we are thrilled that his owners have chosen Widden as the farm to give their horse the best possible home and opportunity of succeeding at stud," said Thompson. Sebring is scheduled to start his breeding life at the end of his 3-year-old racing career — so in other words in 2009.

"Sebring will be the fifth Golden Slipper winner, Australia’s sire-making race, to stand at Widden, following in the illustrious footsteps of Todman, Vain and Marscay — all champion sires in their own right — as well as the 2005 winner Stratum, whose oldest progeny are now impressive weanlings," Thompson said.

Sebring is the dominant juvenile this season winning five of six starts and in excess $2.5 million in prize money since his racing debut in January 2008, highlighted by his memorable Slipper victory. He won both the group I Golden Slipper and AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes within a seven-day period, before failing a week later to land the one-mile group I Champagne Stakes at Randwick. But he is a shoe-in to be named champion juvenile of Australia this year. Sebring magnificently overcame well-documented obstacles in the lead up to the Slipper and a skirmish at the top of the straight to take Australia’s greatest juvenile event in a scintillating performance.

"He lost his footing at the top of the straight but then all of a sudden he balanced himself and exploded up the straight," said trainer Gai Waterhouse in her post race comments. "It was the most exciting race I’ve seen in years.

"This stamps him as Australia’s leading 2-year-old and he can go anywhere in the world and stand at stud," she added.