Why Aussie Can Rock His Way To Stud Stardom

IF success in the Group 1 Sportsbet Melbourne Cup is any guide to a dog’s prospects in the breeding barn, Aussie Rocks is destined to be a hit.

IF success in the Melbourne Cup is any guide to a dog's prospects at stud, Aussie Rocks is destined to be a hit.

The son of Aussie Infrared-Amlin Jewel by Magic Sprite downed odds-on favourite Big Energy and Mac's Damage to win the Group 1 glamour show at Sandown back in December.

He joined a list of recent greats stemming back to Go Wild Teddy in 2000, but including luminaries like Bombastic Shiraz, Hallucinate, Betty's Angel, El Grand Senor, Dyna Tron, Got A Moment, Black Magic Opal, Dyna Villa, Dyna Double One, Aston Dee Bee, My Redeemer, Whiskey Riot, Hard Style Rico, Koblenz, Yachi Bale as winners of the Cup.

But it is the male dominance at stud that has proven the Melbourne Cup a breeders guide to future stud success.

Consider the success of such stud greats, all of them Melbourne Cup winners, and their influence on the industry.

Cup winners and their offspring earnings include: Aston Dee Bee $35 million, Dyna Double One $24.4 million, El Grand Senor $21 million, My Redeemer $19.6 million, Dyna Villa $8.4 million, Dyna Tron $8 million, Black Magic Opal $7.7 million, and stud newcomers Hard Style Rico $3.6 million, Whiskey Riot $3 million.

Bombastic Shiraz's progeny earnings totalled $3.5 million and Hallucinate $1 million. Consider them at stud in today's world with the prizemoney levels on offer.

Which all points to Aussie Rocks becoming a fine stud dog, given the right opportunities.

Aussie R0ocks was bred, reared and raced by Ray Brittain, Paul Young and Loretta McShane. Geoff Mitchell turned him into a Group 1 Melbourne Cup winner.

In 41 starts, he won 16 and was placed 12 times for stakes of $773,000.

He also finished second in the G1 National Sprint and The Phoenix Match race and was a finalist in the G3 Silver Bullet.

He goes to study with Ray at a service fee of $2200.

"A lot of stud dogs have NOT gone to stud boasting a Melbourne Cup win," said Ray who has been in greyhound racing for 32 years. "And, he came from box five to win it."

Aussie Rocks (9) has all the makings to be a star at stud

Aussie Rocks is by that great sire Aussie Infrared sire of such stars as Lala Kiwi, Zipping Kyrgios, the G1 brothers Playlist and Catch The Thief, the Kiwi great Federal Infrared, the millionaire Elite Machine, as well as Tim Zoo, Big Energy, Electrified, Ebby Infrared, Kai Bale … the list goes on and on.

Aussie Rocks' dam, Amlin Jewel (Magic Sprite-Amlin Lass by El Galo), won at Sale, Cranbourne, Traralgon and Warrnambool and comes from a litter of eight, seven of them winners.

At stud, Amlin Jewel is also the dam of the El Grand Senor litter that was headed by Bodhi's Bro Kai (24 wins) and a Bekim Bale litter that included Delerra (18 wins).

Aussie Rocks is from a litter of seven, all of them winners.

He retires to stud with LOTS of options for broodbitch owners.

Ray Brittain knows only too well he is absolutely perfect for the myriad of daughters of both Fernando Bale and Barcia Bale out there in the greyhound breeding world.

Why?

Because his sire Aussie Infrared has done exceptionally well when linked to both Barcia Bale and Fernando Bale.

AND, his damsire Magic Sprite has also worked to G1 level with both Barcia Bale (in particular) and Fernando Bale.

Aussie Rocks' second dam, Amlin Lass, is intensely in-bred to the famed "Osti" damline.

Fernando Bale's great G1 winning son and now emerging sire, Wow, is out of a dam also intensely in-bred to the Osti family.

And, we are well aware that Barcia Bale carries Hallucinate as his damsire and this too is the intensity of the Osti family.

It has been said before, but if Aussie Rocks mates only daughters of Barcia Bale or Fernando Bale, then he would not need to be linked with any other bloodlines.

From a breeding perspective, Aussie Rocks has plenty going his way

But, his appeal does not stop at just that pair.

Sons of Fernando Bale are particularly suited to Aussie Rocks. This means daughters of Tommy Shelby, My Redeemer, Whiskey Riot etc etc etc.

Bringing in Bombastic Shiraz up close in the pedigree of the bitches he mates will also be an avenue for success with Aussie Rocks. That's because his damsire Magic Sprite stems from a damline boasting the famed Zimbabwe influence.

Zimbabwe sits strongly along the direct damline of Bombastic Shiraz.

Daughters of Hasten Slowly make special appeal for matings to Aussie Rocks. Hasten Slowly has Talks Cheap, a brother to Magic Sprite's dam Glamorous, in his pedigree.

Dyna Double One has also an affinity with Magic Sprite and this can be utilised as well via his daughters being mated to Aussie Rocks.

Hooked On Scotch has done exceptionally well when linked to this Zimbabwe/Leprechaun Yap family. Postman Pat is bred on this cross.

That would make daughters of Hooked On Scotch, and his famous half brother Out Of Range naturals to be linked to Aussie Rocks.

Aussie Rocks' second dam, Amlin Lass, is by El Galo whose damline is that of High Earner. Bitches with High Earner in their make-up can also be expected to achieve in matings to Aussie Rocks.

There are numerous avenues to mate to Aussie Rocks.

He could certainly be the next "colonial outcross" stud success.

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