Gold Standard following in Sebring’s footsteps

September 15, 2020

As his first crop of yearlings prepare to go through the sale ring this season, the signs are good that Spendthrift Australia’s Gold Standard could be a strong successor to his late, great sire Sebring.

Gold Standard

Sebring was Champion 2YO Colt in Australia in 2007-08, winning the G1 Golden Slipper and Sires’ Produce S., and he went on to a highly successful stud career that was cut short by his untimely death last year at the age of just 13.

Sebring is the sire of 604 winners from 892 progeny to race with 61 stakes winners, including Group 1 stars Dissident, Criterion (NZ), Egg Tart, Nettoyer, Lucky Bubbles and Amphitrite.

Gold Standard made a good impression in his own racing career, winning two of his six starts including the G2 Stan Fox S., finishing third in the G3 Up & Coming H. and fourth in the G1 Golden Rose.

Having overseen the racing careers of both Sebring and Gold Standard, champion trainer Gai Waterhouse is well-placed to make a comparison.

“Gold Standard is a spitting image of Sebring,” she said. “He is a very exciting colt. He is one of the most attractive-looking horses that will walk around the yard, but he is tough, he has speed and tenacity. He is a very special horse.”

Since his arrival at Spendthrift Australia in 2018, Gold Standard has made a similarly favourable impression on Farm Manager Grant Burrill, who previously worked with Sebring as Assistant Farm Manager at Widden.

“The first time I laid eyes on him I was struck as to how much he was like his dad, both on type and mannerisms,” he said. “It could have been Sebring, himself.”

Gold Standard has also been a hit with breeders, who have been delighted with the foals produced from their matings with the young sire.

From the first moment he saw him in the flesh, Hollylodge Thoroughbreds’ Daniel Nevill was captivated by Gold Standard.

“I love Gold Standard,” he said. “I don’t think I’d even heard of him before I went to Spendthrift’s stallion parade, but I saw him take about six steps and that was enough. I knew straight away that I had to buy a Share the Upside. He’s a great-looking stallion.

“My best mare at the moment is Jungfrau (Commands), who’s had three winners from three foals to race, including Eiger (Dream Ahead {USA}) in Sydney a few weeks ago. She’s got a very nice yearling colt by Gold Standard.

“Inglis will be coming soon to do their inspections, and I’d like to think the Gold Standard yearling could be a colt for the Classic Sale. Gold Standard being a Sydney horse himself, that’s where we’d love to be selling some of his good progeny.”

Ellora Stud’s Matt Brown has followed Gold Standard’s career closely and believes he has what it takes to be a highly successful sire.

“I have been a fan of his since he was a yearling, as I had a bit to do with him then,” he said. “As a fan, I followed his racing career closely and was pleased when he was made available to breeders in Victoria.

“I took advantage of Spendthrift’s ‘Share the Upside’ scheme and sent the mare Street Lover (Street Cry {Ire}) to him. She produced an outstanding colt and to say I was pleased is an understatement.

“I will send two mares to him this season, as I think he is big chance to get precocious, tough horses that should train on.”

Gold Standard will stand at Spendthrift Australia in 2020 for a service fee of $5,500.