War Front stallion Sweet Orange (pictured top) recorded his first winner with the very smart 2YO Khimar War saluting at Riccarton Park on Saturday (April 21).
Trained by Lance Robinson, it was the second start for the son of Sweet Orange who placed on debut last month over the same track and distance (1000m).
Khimar War, a $30,000 Karaka Select Yearling graduate from the draft of Highview Stud, he is out of the Stakes-placed Clay Hero mare Flame of Atlanta whose 8 named foals are all winners and include the Stakes winner Flame of Sydney (Encosta de Lago) who in turn is the dam of Snitzel’s Champion 2YO Invader, and the multiple Group winner Notllistenin’tome (Dylan Thomas).
A Stakes-winning juvenile over 7f in Ireland, Sweet Orange, who is by the breed-shaper War Front and out of the Unbridled Song mare Good Vibes, was also placed at Group level at 2 when second to Dubai Prince in the Group 3 Killavullen Stakes, 7f.
A winner in Hong Kong at 3 over 1400m, Sweet Orange trained on at 4 to win the Listed Mercedez Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile, beating Fay Fay and My Admiration, and was Stakes placed on a further four occasions that season, including a 3rd in the Group 1 HKJC Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
Starting his stud career at Highview Stud in New Zealand where he stood for three seasons before standing the 2017 season at Aquis in Queensland, Sweet Orange looks to have a promising stallion career ahead of him. From just four foals to race he now boasts the city winner Khimar War, and the promising filly Luvlucy who was 2nd on debut at Cambridge over 1000m as a pre-Christmas 2YO, before finishing 6th in the Group 3 ARC Eclipse Stakes on her second start.
Sweet Orange is a sire who would suit a boutique breeding operation looking for a proven stallion with top international bloodlines who boasts excellent fertility and throws a great type – he had one yearling offered at this year’s Karaka Select Sale; a filly from Wealth Star from the draft of Wentwood Grange that sold to Collett Racing for $75,000.