Tarzino on the brink of replication as Westbury fees announced

By Dennis Ryan

4 May 2022

Tarzino on the brink of replication as Westbury fees announcedDerby-winning stallion Tarzino is leaving progeny true to type

“We’re thrilled with what Tarzino has achieved to date, given he was a Derby winner himself, you couldn’t really expect him to have done any more to date.”
An expectation of any stallion establishing a career at stud is the ability to leave his like.
Westbury Stud’s Victoria Derby-winning stallion Tarzino is making impressive strides in that respect with two first-crop progeny on the verge of classic success.
With five wins in succession, Tarzino’s three-year-old daughter Gypsy Goddess was a headline grabber in her home state of Queensland before heading to Sydney, and despite unfavourable heavy tracks, she added a third placing in the Gr. 1 Vinery Stud Stakes and a second in the ATC Oaks. She’s now back in Queensland and will have her final run ahead of the Queensland Oaks at the Gold Coast this weekend in the Listed Bracelet.
Tarzino’s son Jungle Magnate has also been flexing his classic muscles to now be a leading prospect for next week’s Gr. 1 South Australian Derby following his impressive win in the Gr. 3 Chairman’s Stakes on the opening day of the Morphettville carnival.
Instilled with the confidence of those two quality progeny along with a number of emerging talents, Westbury Stud general manager Russell Warwick has this week announced the 2022 stud fee for Tarzino.
“We’re thrilled with what Tarzino has achieved to date, given he was a Derby winner himself, you couldn’t really expect him to have done any more to date,” Warwick told RaceForm in announcing the fee for Tarzino and the remainder of the Westbury roster.
“Jungle Magnate and Gypsy Goddess were both able to win on debut and continue that form as they stepped up in distance. They’re both Group One winners in waiting and taking everything into account, we have the confidence to announce Tarzino’s fee at $15,000.
“That’s return to his introductory fee after we dropped him back to $12,000 during the COVID era, and we feel it represents tremendous value for a stallion who is shaping as a typical sire of the horses that New Zealand is renowned for producing.”
Other Tarzino progeny adding to the story include Foreign Raider, a two-year-old filly who followed a debut third with a second placings in Listed company at Flemington on Anzac Day, and the interestingly-named Dremus, who won on debut at Timaru recently for trainer Terri Rae and owners Jim and Ann Gibbs.
Tarzino’s associate sires , the Group One-proven trio of Reliable Man, Redwood and El Roca, have all enjoyed further success in the past season.
Proven performers Hypnos and Annavisto have added further to their records, with Hypnos successful over a middle-distance in the Gr. 3 Taranaki Cup, and Annavisto wining the Gr. 3 Francis Tressaday Stakes at Flemington before finishing second in the Gr. 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes at Randwick.
Reliable Man, now the sire of 19 stakes winners amongst a total of 315 winners, represents great value this spring at a fee of $16,000. The same could be said for Redwood, who will again stand at $8,000, having continued the legacy of his sire High Chaparral, one of the most dominant sires in Australian breeding over recent years.
Redwood enjoyed a big day recently when his two-year-old son Sharp ’N’ Smart displayed his staying potential with a dominant win in the Listed Champagne Stakes at Pukekohe and his Gr. 2 Waikato Guineas-daughter Tokorangi returned from a long layoff with an impressive win at Caulfield.
Having won New Zealand’s longest first season stakes race, Sharp ’N’ Smart is now being aimed at the 1600-metre J J Atkins Stakes at the Queensland winter carnival. Tokorangi may also end up in Queensland, but beforehand she will line up in Saturday’s Gr. 2 Queen of the South Stakes this weekend at Morphettville.
Westbury’s quality Fastnet Rock stallion El Roca had made further inroads as a source of quality through feature winners Mali Ston, Irish Girl and White Noise, as well as the likes of Wewillrock, who added another Group placing with a brave effort for third in last week’s Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes.
“When you compare El Roca with stallions of a similar profile, we believe he is great value at a fee of $12,500,” said Warwick “He comes in very well for those breeders not preferred to go beyond that $15,000 level.”