How Two Champs Produced A Champ In Koblenz

DAVID Geall remembers being asked to pre-train the Where's Pedro-Demonica bitch and was taken enough to make sure he kept her in his kennel.

David Brasch

6 April 2022

DAVID Geall remembers being asked to pre-train the Where’s Pedro-Demonica bitch and was taken enough to make sure he kept her in his kennel.

It’s no wonder she stayed under Geall’s watchful care. Racing as Where’s Demonica she won 23 races, was placed 20 times and earned $68,000 from multiple city wins and was fourth to Tonelli Bale in the Group 2 WA Oaks.

KOBLENZ AT STUD

By this time, Dave wasn’t letting her out of his sight.

The “Gold Dust Syndicate” that raced her, bred litters by Westmead Osprey, Milldean Panther, Premier Fantasy and Fernando Bale and sat back and reaped the benefits.

To Premier Fantasy, she produced superstar Up Hill Jill (38 wins, $882,000) and to Fernando it was superstar My Redeemer (25 wins, $669,000) both multiple Group 1 winners.

Dave’s wife Rose owns Up Hill Jill and it was a pretty simple thought process to put her to Fernando Bale in the hope of producing another My Redeemer.

What they got was a superstar … another Melbourne Cup winner.

That age old saying in racing of “put the best to the best, and hope for the best” has certainly had its ups and downs, but in greyhound racing that adage is never better proven than via Koblenz.

There are few better bred greyhounds “in the world” than Koblenz.

Koblenz has just been retired to stud.

He raced 42 times for 26 wins and 12 placings for stakes of $776,000. He was a blistering early paced dog just like both his sire and mother. He also won the G2 Cranbourne Cup, the Pink Diamond Rookie Sprinter, was 2nd in the G3 Warragul St Leger, 3rd in The Phoenix, the G3 Cranbourne Classic and a winner in 29.16 at Sandown.

He comes from a litter of nine named offspring and all nine have been winners.

They also include Black Hawk Jet (9 wins, $24,000), Hill Top Jack (18 wins, $117,000, G2 Launceston Cup, 2nd Cran Winter Cup, finalist G1 Maturity, G3 Cran Classic), Hill Top Jonah (28 wins, $84,000, 3rd G2 Hville Cup, G2 Traralgon Cup, finalist Gel Derby), Rosie Posie (10 wins, $35,000, Tasmanian Laurels) etc.

This is the direct damline of famed producer Floodgate, that Peter Giles raced great who provided the Giles family with decades of superstars.

It is the Where’s Demonica/Demonica branch of this family that has stood tallest in recent times.

It is interesting that the great sprint champion El Grand Senor is bred on an identical Where’s Pedro/Floodgate cross as Where’s Demonica.

Where’s Demonica is establishing herself as what the thoroughbred industry describes as a “blue hen”, those females who themselves and also through their daughters, produces the highest class of racing animal.

Consider her daughter Mayfair Miss, a litter sister of Up Hill Jill, is the dam of Kuro Kismet (14 wins, $217,000) and Zipper Rogue (10 wins, $33,000) by Aston Dee Bee, and boom youngster Clock Off (10 starts, 5 wins) by Ando’s Mac.

Consider her daughter, Nayla Swift (Westmead Osprey-Where’s Demonica), is the dam of Ferdinand Boy (39 wins, $385,000) by Fernando Bale, and the classy Merlot (9 wins, $39,000).

Consider her daughter Macey Blue (by Westmead Osprey) is the dam of Selynya Teddy (15 wins, $42,000), Ingenuity (6 wins, $31,000) and Gemma Blue (11 wins, $27,000) by My Bro Fabio.

Consider other daughters, Miss Morrisset, Lanis Morris and Miss Emmy Rose, have promising young litters as well.

All of this proves just what a goldmine Koblenz can be to broodbitch owners.

Being bred along identical lines to already proven Group 1 stud dog My Redeemer, Koblenz can run off his older close relation’s proven recipe for success.

My Redeemer is the sire of Idolize (G1 Nat Futurity, G2 Laurels, 2nd G1 Temlee, finalist G2 Shep Cup, G3 Great Chase), Tiger Town (3rd G3 WA Young Star Classic, Cann 29.81), Excuse Me Jack (Tville TR, Tville Derby, 3rd G3 Tville Cup) and his litter brother Redemption Day (Eq TR Tville), Time For Peace (Pink Diamond Rookie, Mea 29.69), Whatever I Say (finalist G3 Destini Fireball, San 29.43), Fire Cloud (2nd WA-Brad Cship, Cann 29.73), My Redeem (3rd G3 SA Oaks), Jimmy’s Decision (finalist G3 Mandurah Cup, G3 WA Young Star Classic, the Listed The Peter Thomas, WA-Bred Cship), Sunshine Delight (BBerg TR, Listed Rising Stars, 3rd Ips Derby), Unsee This (2nd G3 WA Young Star Classic, 3rd G2 Qld Derby, Cann 29.53), Chic (2nd G1 Nat Futurity), It’s Only Money (finalist G1 Silver Chief), West On Finn (finalist G1 Perth Cup) etc.

Many of his best progeny are from bitches that boast a reinforcement of his own damline.

Koblenz’s pedigree lends itself to some fabulous matings in particular bitches by Barcia Bale, but also those with Kinloch Brae in their make-up. Bitches with El Grand Senor in their pedigree could also introduce a special cross. Daughters of Aston Dee Bee will also suit … a proven recipe as seen in Kuro Kismet.

The cross of Bombastic Shiraz in Koblenz’s direct damline certainly allows for a great duplication of this dominant stud dog. He can be picked up via Zambora Brockie, Fabregas, Lochinvar Marlow, Bit Chili … you get the idea.

Daughters of Bernardo will double Premier Fantasy.

Allen Deed bitches will greatly suit. They bring in the half relations Jarvis Bale and Chloe Allen.

Bitches by Orson Allen will especially be suited, doubling Gable Dodge and bringing in the Desalle Bale/Barcia Bale cross.

Koblenz allows for great line breeding to the Wheeler family’s famous damlines. He also is hugely attractive.

David Geall reports Koblenz has been rushed since being retired to stud.

One of his first mating was top class SA bitch Maddison Kaye.

He stands at a fee of $2250 and within the first week of his retirement 12 vials were sold.