Y I R R I B E E P A C I N G S T U D
30 April 2021
YIRRIBEE WEEKLY NEWS
THE GROGFATHER IN TOP FORM
The Grogfather, a three-year-old gelding by world champion Warrawee Needy, and one of his first crop, continues to carry the flag for his sire in NSW.
The gelding notched his third win from his last five starts and his sixth lifetime when he overcame a difficult barrier draw and a wide passage to win in a 1:55.8 rate at the Bathurst midweek meeting.
Rockindownunder, a three-year-old filly, notched her third win at Penrith, while the Warrawee Needy pair, Needless To Say (1:54, Pocono Downs) and Farro’s Reign (1:57.2, Saratoga Raceway) both saluted in North America.
NSW Sire of the Year Million Dollar Cam was represented by winners in Million Dollar Gem, a mare bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud and a double winner at Buffalo Raceway, New York in 1:57.4 and 1:58.2, and Bill Shannon, who posted his fifth success at Bathurst.
Renaissance Man, who completed his first season at Yirribee last year, led in two winners in the West in Goodonya Mate, a winner in a career-best 1:56.6 at Bunbury, and Flywillowfly, one of two Stud-sired winners at Central Wheatbelt (WA). The other was Cavalry Call, a gelding by Tintin In America, who posted his 14th win and increased his bankroll to $95,000.
By Peter Wharton
Yirribee was established in 1985 by Rod Woodhouse and Ian Walsh, and was officially opened in 1986 by Darren Binskin and David Aitken.
Yirribee Pacing Stud has since grown to be one of the leaders in the Australian Standardbred breeding industry. Rod and Ian were business partners in an unrelated industry and shared a common interest as trainers and drivers. Ian retired from his interest in Yirribee in 2009 and sadly has since passed away after a long battle with illness.
Yirribee Pacing Stud is situated close to Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia and encompasses over 400 acres of rich alluvial river flats which is all under irrigation and has extensive frontage to the Murrumbidgee River.
The purchase of US stallion Jeremy Lobell to stand his first season in Australia in 1986 combined with the picturesque and fertile environment allowed Yirribee to establish itself very early as leader in the breeding industry. From very early on it has been considered by the Yirribee team that the very best of care combined with the best possible environment would a recipe for success.
RIVER KHAN (AUS)
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