(May 10, 2017)
Prodigal's first crop about to turn two
The fast-approaching 2017/18 Season is going to be an exciting one for goStallions, because it'll the mark the 'coming of age' of Prodigal Seelster's first crop.
Our son of Camluck's oldest progeny will turn two on August 1. There may only be 16 of them, but if the various opinions about these youngsters are anything to go by then there's some bright futures ahead.
(co-breeder of a colt out of Pocket Salli and a filly out of She Has The Look)
"I just love them and can't fault either of them," Tracie said.
"The filly was only in the cart a couple of days and flicked into a pace straight away.
"She's very tall with fine, long legs but she's a beautiful pacer - nothing like her mother, who wore spreaders and was hard to gait up even as a 3-year-old.
"No, she's just a wee dream and I absolutely love her."
As enthusiastic as Tracie is about this filly, it's her other yearling by Prodigal Seelster who's putting even more of a glint in her eyes.
"The colt is just stunning," she said.
"He's got a big, broad chest on him and is much bigger and stronger than the other one.
"Yeah he's huge, but not in an oversized way - everything's in proportion.
"And he's so elegant around the paddock, he just holds his tail up and covers the ground so quickly.
"He's had all the gear on and been long-reined, and next month I'll bring him back in again and start breaking him in.
"He looks like he'll gait up perfectly."
(co-breeder of Boulton Home, a colt out of Lordship's Falcon)
"He was born on December 24 so is a late foal, but he's doing brilliant - we may end up trying him as a 2-year-old," Michele said.
"He's a nice, compact horse who's just a natural and is doing everything right.
"We've got him in work at the moment and he's pacing beautifully, plus he's got an impeccable nature.
"Nope, no issues whatsoever... easy, easy as. He's a really nice colt."
Michele and her partner Lindsay Boulton also bred Lordship's Falcon back to Prodigal Seelster the following season, and having since foaled a filly the mare has now given the Oxford couple a 'pigeon pair'.
"She's huge," Michele said affectionately.
"These Prodigal Seelsters - from the day you first put them in the cart, they're dead straight."
(co-breeder of Short Hand, a filly out of Karpetorme)
"I couldn't want for any more in a horse," Merv said.
"She's a pretty good size and is very leggy, but she's just so obliging and is a very nice pacer to handle.
"We've got a qualified 3-year-old out of the same mare, but this one would be half a hand bigger than her already."
Short Hand has also done educational stints with Invercargill horsemen Carl Hanna and Austin Stack along the way, and Merv and his partner Karen Birch are looking forward to getting her back in again for another campaign next month.
"She really is a lovely filly," Merv continued.
"You can do just anything with her, she's so willing.
"And when she's in the cart, the one thing she wants to do is run - she definitely knows what she's out there for.
"If we had another mare, we'd certainly breed back to Prodigal Seelster."
(breeder of Runover, a colt out of Twitch)
"He broke in very well," John said.
"He's a nice pacer, was easy to gait, is sensible and a quick learner.
Runover has been out for six weeks, and in a month John will bring him back in again for another stint in the cart.
"He's done exceptionally well during his break," John continued.
"We haven't sped him up enough yet to know what sort of ability he's got, but he's certainly got the body to be a 2-year-old prospect."
John bred another one of his mares (Beardsley) to Prodigal Seelster the following season, the result of which is a filly whose physique also impresses him.
"She'd be the strongest foal I've got on the place," he said.