Jackslittlething Set For Take Off In Australia
THE importation to Australia of JACKSLITTLETHING will make broodbitch owners sit up and take notice for any number of reasons.
Jackslittlething – Droopys Sydney's fastest son over the Irish Derby distance of 550 yards at Shelbourne Park – will be available to Australian breeders from next month.
The impeccably-bred chaser and multiple feature race winner burst onto the scene in last year's Irish Derby, winning the first four rounds, including an incredible 29.10 gallop at Shelbourne Park, days after his second birthday. That time is the fourth fastest ever recorded over the journey, and his brilliant 16.96 back section is one rarely seen at Ireland's famous circuit.
Victorian owner/breeder George Farrugia announced that a limited amount of semen will be on its way to Australia shortly.
"It's exciting to finally be able to offer some vials in Australia after he served some girls in Ireland and some vials being sold in the U.S. We absolutely love his pedigree and aside from his direct damline throwing some absolute champions, his sire Droopys Sydney is one of the most dominant sires Ireland has seen in a fair while."
The importation to Australia of JACKSLITTLETHING will make broodbitch owners sit up and take notice, not only because of his magnificent looks, his imposing racetrack record, his impeccable direct damline or his dominant sireline, but certainly the intensely in-bred pedigree he brings to this country.
A 34.5kg son of current Irish sire sensation Droopys Sydney, he is out of Limini who boasts a pedigree make-up chock full of Group 1 stars. The Irish and English have a quaint habit of often buying a highly prized young prospect and immediately changing its name. That's exactly what happened when Jackslittlething was a youngster. He was formerly known as Bandicoot Julius.
He comes to Australia with racetrack deeds of 12 wins and eight placings, including a third in the 2021 Group 1 Irish Derby chasing home those glamour bitches Susie Sapphire and Singalong Sally who, from boxes one and two, missed all the first turn trouble and raced to Derby glory. But, Jackslittlething overcame first-turn interference to get third, beaten only four lengths in a flying 29.18, with such Irish stars as Explosive Boy, All About Ted and Carrigeen North behind him.
“JACK” had already proved himself on the racetrack. He won the Rural Hawaii Unraced Stake at Clonmel and the Champion Plate, but it was his 29.10 at Shelbourne Park that stamped him a superstar with unquestionable speed. That 29.10 is the fourth fastest ever run at Shelbourne Park the home of Irish greyhound racing for generation after generation. He also reeled off winning times of 29.23 and 29.31 around Shelbourne. Pestana holds the record at 28.99.
Yes … “JACK” is that good!
He comes from a fabulous litter that also includes SWORDS MAESTRO (finalist G1 Juvenile Classic) and GALADRIEL (won 2nd round Irish Oaks, injured in 3rd round and retired).
Droopys Sydney, sire of “JACK”, is a stud sensation in Ireland and England. A son of Duke Special – Droopys Laramie and a grandson of Aussie great Roanokee, Droopys Sydney has become the dominant force in Irish/English racing. He has half of the 12 semi-finalists of this year's Irish Derby, including fastest qualifier Coolavanny Hoffa, who is bred on similar lines as Jack.
Just some of Droopy's Sydney's progeny include: Deerjet Sydney (2020 G1 English Derby, 3rd 2021 G1 English Derby, finalist G1 Tralee Juvenile Classic, G1 Waterford Select Stks), Bubbly Bluebird (Sunderland Puppy Cup, Hove Puppy Cup, Nottingham Classic, Eclipse), Coolavanny Aunty (G1 Express Stks, G1 Essex Vase), Brookside Richie (G1 Juvenile Classic, G1 Romford Puppy Cup), Droopys Aoife (G1 Essex Vase, finalist G1 Coronation Cup, G1 Essex Vase), Coolavanny Bani (G1 Monmore Stayers Classic, 2nd G1 Essex Vase), Knockaboul Syd (G1 Easter Cup, G2 Kingdom Derby), Drumcrow Brent (G1 Sussex Cup, 3rd G1 Select Stks), One Time Only (G1 Irish St Leger, G1 Irish Champion Stks), Bellmore Sally (G1 Golden Jacket), Swords Rex (G1 Kirby Memorial), Pocket Lola (G1 British Produce Stks), Ballymac Tas (2nd G1 English Derby), Jacob Tashadelek (G1 Juvenile Classic), Kildare (finalist G1 English Derby), Broadstrand Bono (G1 Juvenile Derby) … you get the picture.
But, if you thought Jack's sireline was the best in the land, then “you ain't seen nuthin yet”. His damline is one of the very strongest in Ireland and continues to toss up superstars … just like Jackslittlething.
His dam, Limini (Droopys Nidge-Woodhill Spark) was a winner and half sister to Shellam Delano (finalist G1 TV Tphy), Dynamic Trend (3rd G1 Irish Cesarewitch), Shellam Maeby (2nd G3 Great North Run), Kilmalady Fox (2nd Nat Sprint), Priceless Rumble (finalist G1 Cesarewitch, multiple Group finalist), Groupie Doll (Newbridge TR, 3rd G1 Night Of Stars) and Princess Spark (finalist G2 Christmas Oaks).
Jack's 2nd dam, Woodhill Spark (Premier Fantasy-Linger), was a multiple Shelbourne Park winner and became a super producer (as mentioned above). His 3rd dam Linger (Spiral Nikita-Martinstown Gold), was another broodbitch goldmine. A Dundalk and Longford winner, she became the dam of greats and has produced a direct damline the equal of any.
Her daughter, Kildallon Maid (G2 Irish Puppy Oaks) also became a legend producer. Her progeny includes Irish Oaks winner Ballydoyle Honey a multiple Group winner, Fear Emoski (G1 Regency), Mill Babs (2nd G1 Irish Oaks, 2nd Cork Oaks, finalist Southern Oaks, Munster Oaks, Christmas Oaks) etc.
Jack's direct damline also includes such superstars as Coolavanny Bani (G1 Stayers Classic), Cable Bay (G2 Kirby Mem), Dana Point (Shel Pk TR, stayer of the year), Jaytee Taylor (Limerick TR, finalist G1 Irish Derby), Clash (finalist G1 Olympic, G1 Champion Stks, G2 Golden Crest), Coolavanny Chick (3rd G1 English Derby), and Killer Bee (G1 Puppy Stks) etc.
Jack's pedigree is hugely in-bred 2×2 to virtual sister and brother Droopys Laramie and Droopys Nidge. But, a hidden, and just as special feature of his pedigree is that his 2nd sire Duke Special traces directly to a bitch called April May. This very same bitch is found along the direct damline of JACK. Whoever put together the pedigree of Jackslittlething, certainly knew what they were doing and trying to achieve. The intensity of his pedigree is superb.
Breeders should note … most of the truly great stud dogs found in Australia over many, many decades, have had a similar intensity to their pedigrees. But, JACK has huge Aussie influences to Roanokee, Honcho Classic, Top Honcho, Hallucinate, and sires like Droopys Kewell, Premier Fantasy and Spiral Nikita all with great influence here.
JACKSLITTLETHING comes to Australia with proven bloodlines, proven racetrack performances, and a degree of speed only a small number can match … a VERY small number.
So, what bitches “could” suit him?
His own sire, champion stud Droopys Sydney already has a proven “nick” with the Rumble Spirit damline. This is how his English Derby star Deerjet Sydney is bred. Consider the number of bitches in this country with the Rumble Spirit damline in their make-up … through Collision and Cosmic Rumble alone.
Superstar Ballydoyle Honey is by Brett Lee-Kildallon Maid. This is the same Brett Lee/Spiral Nikita cross as found in Magic Sprite and Oaks Road. It would make sense for bitches with LOTS of Brett Lee be mated to JACK. Ballydoyle Honey is already a G1 producer in a mating to Kinloch Brae. That would lead us to believe Kinloch Brae's influence in bitches in Aust would be ideal for matings to JACK. G1 Irish Derby finalist All About Ted is by Kinloch Brae from a daughter of Groupie Doll.
The above mentioned Groupie Doll (a half sister to Jack's mother) has a G1 English Oaks finalist by Fernando Bale's son Out Of Range. That, of course, means Out Of Range, Hooked On Scotch and Fernando Bale bitches must suit JACK.
A VERY special potential mating could be with daughters of Dyna Villa. He carries Droopys Vieri as his damsire and his mother Droopys Fergie is found TWICE in the pedigree of JACK. And, being a son of Collision, Dyna Villa also introduces a powerful reinforcement of the Rumble Spirit damline.
Barcia Bale has proven himself a stud dog able to match up very successfully with imported bloodlines. He can meet up with any number of different families and produce success. It is always going to work in reverse. So, daughters of Barcia Bale to JACK, must be a perfect option for breeders. This will provide an ideal duplication and balance of Hallucinate … a proven cross.
Barcia's champion sons like Dyna Double One (especially), Aston Dee Bee, Mepunga Blazer, and the quickly emerging Beast Unleashed, Raw Ability, Ritza Lenny, Hooked On Scotch and the likes are ideal for JACK.
Remember, too, that Barcia Bale has combined with Premier Fantasy to produce G1 stars Mepunga Blazer and Orchestrate. And, he has combined with Spiral Nikita to produce G1 stars like Dyna Double One, Fast Times etc.
That cross of Premier Fantasy in the direct damline of JACK means Kinloch Brae's influence in bitches is a MUST. It is a hugely proven cross and found in UK sprint star and stud success Ballymac Vic.
That cross of Spiral Nikita in the damline of JACK, also means we can reinforce him and his family via such stud dogs as College Causeway (to recreate Milldean Panther).
Another “special” mating for JACK could be for any bitch with Bekim Bale in their pedigree. Check out how closely bred are Bekim Bale (and his litter brother Heston Bale) and Droopys Nidge (damsire of JACK). They both bring in Sonic Flight (balanced) and Hallucinate.
The Larkhill Jo/Sonic Flight crosses in JACK also lend themselves to links with Fabregas and Allen Deed to reinforce those great UK stud dogs.
Jackslittlething comes to Australia off some superb racetrack performances, the fourth fastest ever around Shelbourne Park and a G1 Irish Derby placegetter.
He is a son of the champion sire in the UK, and from a female family second to none. His pedigree shows an intensity few stud dogs have.
It is rare Aussie breeders get such an opportunity.