Yirribee Stud is eagerly awaiting the first crop of foals from the millionaire son of Bettors Delight – Caribbean Blaster, to arrive. There are some magnificent mares in foal to this remarkable stallion and we are all excited about the arrival of some of them. He is a beautifully bred horse, he’s by Bettors Delight and he is a very impressive looking horse to go with it, so he pretty much ticks all the boxes.
Caribbean Blaster will stand his second season at Yirribee Stud and with a Service Fee of $2,750.00 (discounts apply) and an added bonus of the HRNSW Colonial Stallion Rebate of $500, makes him a very affordable sire for the breeder. There are some great incentives coming out of HRNSW and with the NSW Breeders Challenge continuing to expand, he would be an ideal choice for the savvy breeder.
His sire Bettor’s Delight as a champion stallion and has dominated the Leading Sires lists in the Southern Hemisphere for the past three years.
Caribbean Blaster is from the Safely Kept mare Kalypso and was bred and sold at the 2009 APG sales for $70,000 by the Bathurst based Brooklyn Lodge. He is thus a half brother to four winners including Protikori ($212,109), placed in four Group One events, and the $125,000 winning Kalypson Kid 1:56.4.
He was named by majority owner Rob Nalder, after the world famous cricketer Viv Richards. Nalder has been involved in Harness Racing for the past 30 years and has raced many horses including Group One winners About to Rock, Renaissance Man and Conrod Straight. His passion and commitment to Harness Racing and breeding is undeniable .
Two people who Caribbean Blaster did leave an indelible impression on are the husband and wife team Andy and Kate Gath.
“He’s the most perfect horse I’ve ever trained” said Andy. “He’s everything you want in a horse – great gaited, a great constitution and amazing recovery rate after a tough run, perfect conformation and always gave 120% in all his races.”
Sadly Caribbean Blaster suffered a suspensory injury mid year 2014 and commenced a new chapter in his best selling life story – a stud career at Yirribee Stud in Southern NSW.
As a three year old, there were signs that he could develop into a “Big Time” horse – second in the Group One South Australian Derby, a fast closing second to Sushi Sushi in the Breeders Crown Semi Final and then a close up fourth place finish from the 12 hole in the Breeders Crown Final – his own mile rate being 1:54.9 for the 2240 metres.
Just five days later Caribbean Blaster won The Graduate, a 2240 metre standing start race, in a 1:57.5 mile rate – an Australasian record which remains to this day.
“The turning point in Caribbean Blaster’s career came when he triumphed in the Chariots Of Fire at Menangle” said Andy Gath.
That night he defeated Sushi Sushi, Excel Stride and the hotshot Kiwi Hands Christian in 1:52.6, last quarter in 26.6 seconds.
The defining victory in his career was the 2012 Victoria Cup when he was handed the number 13 saddlecloth to start with.
Aided by a brilliant Kate Gath steer, the Blaster defeated Australia’s best including Im Themightyquinn, Smoken Up, Mah Sish, Washakie and The Gold Ace to name a few.
Caribbean Blaster raced on 79 occasions in a predominately four season career for 24 victories and prizemoney of $1,113,678 – he passed the million dollar mark when defeating the mighty warrior Smoken Up in the 2014 South Australian Cup. He was driven in every one of those starts by the effervescent Kate Gath.
Caribbean Blaster’s Service Fee will be $2,750 (incl GST) and will include discounts, loyality discounts and multiple mare discounts. A $500 rebate will also apply on registration of your foal with HRNSW. Bookings and all enquiries can be directed through the office on 02 69331217 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org