High Chaparral – A Sire For The Ages

Tivaci storms home to victory in the Gr.1 All Aged Stakes (Lisa Grimm).


It’s probably fair to say that brothers Paul and Michael Moroney are huge fans of the great, albeit late, sire High Chaparral.

On Saturday, the High Chaparral 4YO, Tivaci, became his sire’s 18th individual Group One winner by taking home the Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick for trainer Michael and a very happy band of owners.

It was also the 35th individual Group One winner sourced by bloodstock agent, Paul: the majority of which have found their way to Michael’s Ballymore Stables.

“I liked High Chaparral from the very start,” Paul points out. “I’d seen him race in Europe (Epsom and Irish Derbies etc.) and was keen on his progeny. The High Chaparrals have this particular way of walking, giving every inch of themselves. Tivaci is much more powerfully made than a lot of the High Chaps, but they all have that great walk.

“When the first of his yearlings got to the sales, I’d picked out two – real stand outs I thought.

“I only had enough in the budget at that stage to buy one, which turned out to be Monaco Consul and he won a Victoria Derby for Mike. I speculated on buying the second one, but ultimately decided against it. That was So You Think.

“I guess I didn’t get it wrong, but I could have been more right!”

Apart from Monaco Consul, Michael also trained Araldo who, somewhat fittingly, won the

2013 Listed Bart Cummings Stakes, named after the legendary trainer and, as it turns out, the breeder of Tivaci.

“I’d gone to the 2014 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale with an order from Mike to buy something ‘mid-range’ and naturally enough, I looked at all the High Chaparrals,” Paul adds. “I looked at all the yearlings for that matter, but the High Chaparral from Breccia that was on offer from Princes Farm really stood out.

“I compared notes with Mike and he went and had a good look as well and was instantly hooked.

“We didn’t have a lot of firepower that year in terms of budget but we were determined to get him as I thought he was the best colt in the sale. Fortunately, he was knocked down to us for $250,000, although we still had a bit left in the tank.”

The All Aged was Tivaci’s first at Group One level, but the 4YO entire has also won three other black type races and nearly $992,250 in stakes from his 21 starts.

“Tivaci’s success really underlines the industry’s tremendous loss with the death of High Chaparral,” Paul summarises. “Montoya’s Secret (Group One Vinery Stud Stakes), Charmont (Group One NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes) and Whispered Secret (Fernhill Stakes) all in the last few weeks and then, on Saturday, a Group double with Tivaci and Top Of My List (JRA Plate).

“Fortunately, the talent is coming through his daughters as well, so I’m sure he’ll have plenty of impact for a while to come.”

Coolmore Australia’s Paddy Oman was similarly impressed with Tivaci’s All Aged victory … and High Chaparral’s versatility: “Tivaci is a great example of why racing and breeding in Australia is so popular – there are opportunities at all levels, right throughout the year.

“Tivaci was presumably being set for the Derby as a Spring 3YO and I’m sure connections would have been forgiven for thinking they had bought a stayer that couldn’t stay when he got beaten in the Caulfield Classic.

“However, to the credit of Mike (Moroney) and his team, they reconsidered Tivaci’s strengths and he developed into a smart sprinter/miler through the Brisbane Winter and is now a top-class horse as a 4YO.

“Paul Moroney mentioned to me over dinner one night that he thought the horse was capable of winning a top class sprint and I bow to his judgement … he was right. Obviously the presence of Fastnet Rock as broodmare sire is a significant factor too.

“The win also continues a great association that the Cummings family have with High Chaparral, with Bart having bred Tivaci on the back of the success he enjoyed with So You Think. And just for good measure, his grandson Edward Cummings’ first stakes winner as a trainer on Saturday was with a daughter of High Chaparral in Top Of My List, while his brother James trained another High Chaparral filly in Whispered Secret to run third in the Champagne Stakes.”

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