Swear’s progeny set to shine

September 10, 2020

The first crop of Spendthrift Australia stallion Swear are ticking all boxes as they approach the start of their racing careers.

A stakes-winning and Group 1-placed son of Redoute’s Choice, Swear began stud duties at Spendthrift in 2017. His oldest progeny are two-year-olds in the 2020-21 season.


Sons and daughters of Swear have taken up residence in some of Australia’s leading stables, and they have quickly made a big impression with their athleticism and attitude.

Hawkes Racing paid $80,000 at the 2020 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale to buy Faulds, a son of the black-type producer Patricia’s Gem (USA) (Mineshaft {USA}).

“Our Swear colt is a lovely horse,” Wayne Hawkes said. “He’s done everything right. He hasn’t been tried yet, but I really like what I’ve seen so far. He’s beautifully balanced and has a great attitude. I like him a lot.”
Joe O’Neill secured a Swear filly to race in the colours of his hugely successful Prime Thoroughbreds syndication business.

“I bought a Swear filly as a weanling,” O’Neill said. “She’s out of Queens Plaza (Elusive Quality) and has been named Swear By Her. This filly comes from a good family, and her half-brother won a Group 3 race in South Africa over a mile and a half.

“The filly is being trained by Patrick Payne and has had one preparation. We’ve been very pleased with everything she’s done so far.

“She’s a terrific filly. She’s very athletic and has a great attitude. She’s a beautiful mover and has a lovely length of stride. She certainly looks the part at this early stage.”

Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra also recruited a weanling filly by Swear, this one out of the Spendthrift mare Dancin Perfect (USA) (Pleasantly Perfect {USA}).

“We’ve got a two-year-old filly by Swear in our stable,” Zahra said. “We bought her as a weanling, and we’ve been delighted with how she’s developed.

“She’s a really nice, athletic filly, and it looks like she’ll get up and rolling as a two-year-old this season. She’s a lovely filly and we really like her. She’s got a great nature – she’s good to handle, good to do anything with.”

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have been impressed with the first of Swear’s progeny to enter their stable – an unnamed colt.

“We’ve got a Swear colt who came to us from the breaker and has just had his first preparation, and we like him a lot,” Young said. “He’s a lovely mover and a great horse to do anything with. I think he’s going to develop into a really nice horse.”

Tony McEvoy gave a favourable report on a Swear filly who has made encouraging early progress in the McEvoy Mitchell Racing operation.

“I’ve got a very nice filly by Swear, who’s been broken in and has now gone back out into the paddock,” he said. “She’s got a great nature, has done everything right and has been very good to work with.”

Swear won two of his five starts in his own racing career, headed by a victory in the G3 Ming Dynasty H. and a second placing in the G1 Spring Champion S., splitting Yankee Rose (All American) and Prized Icon (More Than Ready {USA}).

Swear stands for a service fee of $5,500 at Spendthrift Australia.