“The fastest horse I have ever driven combining exhilarating speed with the temperament of an angel” Kate Gath
Renaissance Man, one of the best bred and best performed sons of Art Major, and now a leading percentage sire with his first crops, is to stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud this season.
Renaissance Man was a top racehorse in his own right, winning close to $300,000, and he was a Group winner at two, three and four years.
As a two-year-old he won seven races including a clean sweep of the NSW Sires Stakes series, the Victoria Youthful Stakes, and heats of the NSW Breeders Challenge (beaten a nose in final) and the Australian Pacing Gold.
Renaissance Man notched a further five successes at three highlighted by wins in the Group 1 SA Derby and heats of the Victoria Derby and APG and placings in the Australian Derby and APG final.
As a four-year-old he won $56,382 including the $60,000 Globe Derby Birthday Cup Final, while he finished runner-up to Bitobliss in the Victorian 4YO Bonanzastakes.
Renaissance Man’s oldest stock are four-year-olds and from 27 foals he has sired nine winners including a smart filly in My Prayer (1:58.5), the winner of five races including the WA Country Oaks and $83,905, and Ourboybart (1:57.8), who won five.
Fifty Five Reborn (1:57.4), a Listed Classic winning filly at Gloucester Park, the Group and Listed placegetter Missbillynotsilly and Goodonya Mate (1:57.6) have been three-year-old winners by Renaissance Man this season.
On the score of blood Renaissance Man lacks nothing. His sire Art Major (1:48.8) was a champion with stake earnings of $3.2 million and has been one of Australia’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of Australia’s greatest pacers My Field Marshal (1:46.9) and For A Reason (1:49.4).
My Ami Lee, the dam of Renaissance Man, has been one of the gems of the Australian stud book. She is the dam of seven individual winners, four of whom have won at Group level, including Louvre 1:54.5 ($402,665), Miss Hazel 1:57 ($310,63) and My General Lee 1:52.2 ($261,897).
My Ami Lee (2:00.1), a multiple Harold Park winner, was a half-sister to four $100,000 earners, being by Safely Kept from Cosmophylla, by Thor Hanover from Calophylla, and tracing to the foundation mare Flora.
This is the family which has produced top horses such Auckland Reactor, Devil Dodger, Our Hi Jinx, Russley Rascal and others.