Out Of Range, In Range For Breeders!

WHEN Fernando Bale went to stud boasting world record stakes earnings and eight Group 1 wins, brood bitch owners flocked to him...which was only natural.

David Brasch

7 January 2019

(courtesy Pedigrees By Design)

WHEN Fernando Bale went to stud boasting world record stakes earnings and eight Group 1 wins, brood bitch owners flocked to him…which was only natural.

Then the wait started, the anticipation of his first runners.

As EVERY studmaster knows only too well, a champion race dog needs instant success with his first progeny to race or the doomsayers will be quick to write him off.

Fernando Bale got Out Of Range, winner of the Group 1 Silver Chief and Group 1 National Derby, and within what appeared the tick of a few seconds, Fernando was commanding a stud fee of $8,800.

It was the Darren and Michael Puleio-bred Out Of Range who instantly put him on the map.

In 2018, Fernando’s first full year of progeny racing, he sired the winners of 16 Group 1s.

Owners of those male stars have been quick to sum up the situation. With Fernando costing $8,800 and difficult to access because of the demand for his semen, the market is quick to open up for his sons at stud.

Out Of Range (Fernando Bale-Nicki Fields by Knocka Norris) was not retired simply to tap into a market.

He was injured. Brood bitch owners should feel confident he can be a huge alternative for his famous sire, boasting everything you want and more in a prospective stud dog.

Out Of Range has everything going for him at stud … and even more.

His litter brother, Poke The Bear, continues to fly the flag for the litter, storming to victory in the Topgun late in October.

Out Of Range has something Poke The Bear cannot boast. Poke The Bear’s testicles, you see, have not dropped, have never appeared in fact. Not for him the future joys of a stud career, so the racetrack will need to be his stage.

Poke The Bear has also won the Group 2 Traralgon Cup and the Group 3 Speed Star and started favourite in the final of the $1 million Chase at Wentworth Park, he can run times other dogs simply can’t.

While those feature victories are a real boast, Out Of Range’s race career certainly matches it.

He retired after a race career of 40 starts, 16 wins, 10 placings and earnings of $294,000 after victories in the Group 1 Silver Chief, Group 1 National Derby, Group 2 McKenna Memorial and a finals berth in the Group 1 Temlee, Group 2 Horsham Cup and Group 3 Ambrosoli.

Out Of Range has much more to brag about to his brother Poke The Bear than just the life upon which he is about to embark.

Bred and raced by the Puleios, Out Of Range and Poke The Bear have been trained by Seona and Jason Thompson all their careers.

And, Seona and Jason will settle Out Of Range in alongside two other kennel superstars, Aston Dee Bee and Bewildering, at stud. The Thompsons have not stood a stud dog for years. It is high praise indeed for the trio that they now do.

So, can Out Of Range make it at stud?

Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes!

Broodbitch owners certainly are a picky lot. Everything has to line up right for them to consider a young race dog just off the track. Any shortcoming and they move on to the next dog in the list.

With Out Of Range, there is no moving on.

Consider his credentials.

Race Career: A multiple Group 1 winner, 600m winner at Group level, able to run super times.

His littermates: While Poke The Bear as the G1 Topgun winner is now the standout, all eight of the litter are winners and multiple winners at that. They also include Fully Loaded (26 wins, $78,000) and True Talent (19 wins, $105,000).

Sire: Fernando Bale the champion race dog and now the most sought after stud dog in the world.

Dam: Nicki Fields a G1 finalist, multiple city winner, a stayer, and litter sister to Group star Xtreme Knocka.

Pedigree: Has huge inbreeding to Awesome Assassin and his sister Goddess Of Fire, and the genetic brother and sister Primo Uno and Barbie’s Shiraz. In-bred stud dogs generally make the very best sires.

Out Of Range is a 33kgs dog. Most of the very best stud dogs are in this range, excuse the pun.

The Puleios retired Out Of Range and the Thompsons snapped up the opportunity to stand a son of Fernando Bale with impeccable credentials.

He stands at a service fee of $1650.

Out Of Range will be absolutely ideal for bitches by Barcia Bale in a bid to recreate Hecton Bale the G1 Australian Cup winner, and the champion Aston Dee Bee (in reverse).

Putting Fabregas bitches to Out Of Range will be a natural to recreate the cross that produced champion Dundee Osprey.

Velocette bitches too will suit Out Of Range. In fact, any bitch with Bombastic Shiraz in their pedigree should be tested with him.

There are numerous options for broodbitch owners to utilise Out Of Range at stud.

Out Of Range is bred on the same reinforcement of the “Portrait” family as former Group stars Kayda Shae and Shimaguni.

Kayda Shae was by Kilty Lad-Cosmic Aphrodite and his pedigree shows a 5×4 cross of the genetic sisters Polly’s Portrait (Walkabout Sid-Famous Portrait) and Lovely Portrait (Head Honcho-Famous Portrait).

Obviously, Walkabout Sid is the sire of Head Honcho.

The star stayer and Group 1 producer Shimaguni is in-bred 4×3 to the genetic sisters Polly’s Portrait and Special Portrait (a litter sister to Lovely Portrait).

Out Of range’s dam Nicki Fields was a high quality race bitch.

She raced 29 times for eight wins and nine placings and earned $35,000 her wins coming at Sandown and The Meadows, Cranbourne, Sale, Ballarat, Warragul and Geelong and she was a finalist in the G1 Superstayers.

She is a sister to the outstanding Xtreme Knocka (33 wins, 33 placings, $214,000).

In the mating of Nicki Fields to Fernando Bale, Chloe Allen (dam of Fernando) is bred on an almost identical cross to Nicki Fields.

Also, Walkabout Sid is brought in three times and balanced as well.

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