Jugah, a 24-year-old son of Northern Dancer, has been pensioned by owner Jenny Ingleton, ending a stage in his famous sire's direct influence through his sons in Australia.
Out of Highest Trump (by Bold Bidder), Jugah is from the same female line as Mr. Prospector and Seattle Slew tracing back to Myrtlewood. But his racing record--three non-stakes wins from 10 Irish starts--was poor enough to see him settle on Victoria for a stud career at the late John Ingleton's Glen Appin Stud.
Jugah has sired 329 winners of $22 million (Australian funds), an 66.8% strike rate on 492 runners. And although he has just 16 stakes winners, he has been a consistent source of durable speed horses. His best progeny has been group I winners/millionaires Juggler and Soho Square as well as group I winner Mookta. Jugah will spend his retirement at Bombora Downs, at Bittern, remaining under the care of Christoph Bruechert.
The pensioning of Jugah leaves no really active Northern Dancer sons in Australasia. The only other is Northern Chateau, who covered just one mare last season. The Northern Dancer line is all-encompassing, however. Every one of the eight winners at Melbourne's Sandown oval on Jan. 22 hail from this dominant sire line. Almost 40 of the 66 horses to shuttle into Australia last spring own a Northern Dancer sire line.