Sun Shines For Stud’s Throne

Thronum and Tommy Berry (pic. Lisa Grimm)


Sun Stud is fully aware that of all the well bred colts it purchases at major sales each year, very few will extend their racing careers to the stallion barn.

Yet, Sun Stud’s owners have really had their fingers crossed for the Snitzel colt from Helena’s Secret that was snapped up for $300,000 from the Highgrove Stud draft at last year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

After all, Snitzel (40 stakes winners) is one of the nation’s gun sires, while the colt is also out of a close relation to North American Horse of the Year and 2015-16 Champion Australian Sire, Street Cry.

They gave the colt a heady name to live up to as well : Thronum, Latin for ‘Throne’.

Fortunately, Thronum has started turning promise into reality with three wins from four outings, including Saturday’s Listed Randwick City Council Rosebud at Royal Randwick, and now appears well on his way to securing a berth at stud, particularly if a mooted trip to next month’s Group One Golden Rose bears fruit.

“It was a tremendous thrill for all of us,” Sun Stud’s Managing Director, Danielle Cheng, enthused. “He was a lovely colt and well done to Ron Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud as he also had (BRC Sires’ Produce winner) Attention come out of that Easter draft.

“We’re also pleased for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott as the Rosebud was the first stakes winner for their new partnership.

“Gai and Sun Stud have had a very fruitful relationship in a fairly short time. She trained Fighting Sun for us and even though he injured himself after winning his only two starts, he was an early favourite for the Golden Slipper.

“Gai, of course, also trained Fiorente, who now stands at Sun Stud as well. Both Gai and Adrian are now training 10 of our racehorses and hopefully Thronum can go on from here.

“It’s shaping up as a very important spring for us, given that we also have Australian Guineas winner, Palentino, and the Group Two winning Galileo horse, Spiritjim, back in work.”

Adrian Bott deemed it rather fitting that his first stakes winner with Gai Waterhouse came via the association with Sun Stud: “They (Sun Stud) have been great supporters of the stable and, for that matter, the industry at large,” Bott points out.

“Thronum stood out early – he’s made a lot of natural progression and developed both physically and mentally. He’s a very imposing type of horse and the Rosebud win has definitely been a positive step toward, ultimately, a career at stud.

“The long term plan has always been the Golden Rose and the way things are shaping, he’ll be right in it.”


HOOFNOTE: In what was another red-letter day for the Arrowfield Stud stallion, Snitzel produced a black type double with Thronum and Sooboog becoming, respectively, his 39th and 40th individual stakes winners.

With three wins and four placings from his 15 starts, the Darren Weir trained, Sooboog, proved too good for rivals in the Group Three Aurie’s Star Handicap and will now target some plum spring sprints, according to his trainer.

Sooboog is a full brother to Group One Lightning Stakes winner, Snitzerland, and was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum for $1.5 million at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

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