Vino Rosso making waves at Spendthrift

September 1, 2020

Since his arrival in Australia for his first season shuttling to Spendthrift, Vino Rosso (USA) has wasted no time in making a massive impression.

The son of Curlin (USA) had already caught breeders’ attention with his pedigree and race record, and now his physical presence has only added to the buzz.

Renowned bloodstock agent Adrian Hancock sees Vino Rosso as a valuable addition to Australia’s stallion ranks for the 2020 breeding season.

“Firstly, as a bloodstock agent I appreciate the investment Spendthrift are making in Australia and am keen to support them when I can, especially with the very competitive service fees they offer,” he said.

“Vino Rosso represents really affordable value and therefore great opportunities for such an outstanding racehorse by an elite stallion in Curlin who has over 14% stakes winners to runners.

“Being a grandson of Mr Prospector and from a mare by the mighty Street Cry, plus having great sires Deputy Minister and Roberto featuring in his bloodlines, gives you confidence he will work in Australia.”

Cornwall Park’s Peter Boyle was quickly impressed by Vino Rosso and will be supporting the stallion with several mares.

“When Vino Rosso first came out to parade, I got that ‘wow’ factor straight away,” said Peter Boyle.

Vino Rosso, a powerful physical

“He is a very Aussie-looking stallion – very strong hindquarter, good bone, just a powerful-looking animal.

“There are a couple of mares on the farm that are going to him. I think that Aussie-bred mares would suit him – any size of mare as well. He just has substance about him.

“I must say I was taken aback when I saw him in the flesh. He’s a very nice horse.”

Vino Rosso rose to the very top echelon of North American racing during his three-season career, winning six of his 15 starts including the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. He earned US$4.8 million in stakes.

Vino Rosso was a star performer for the stable of champion trainer Todd Pletcher, who is highly enthusiastic about his stallion prospects.

“I think he’s got a big future,” Pletcher said. “He’s a very good-looking horse. He was able to win at two, three and four and is a classy type of horse which is what the people are looking for. He has a great disposition, he’s healthy and sound and has all the attributes you look for in a stallion.”

For Hollylodge Thoroughbreds’ Daniel Nevill, the exciting young stallion brings a point of difference to the Australian market as a son of US Horse of the Year and highly successful sire Curlin.

“Vino Rosso stood out to me because of his pedigree,” Nevill said. “He’s by a stallion who’s never had a sire son in this part of the world before, Curlin. That’s a little bit of an unknown, but it looks to me like it should have great outcross potential with the Danehill line.

“He’s out of a Street Cry mare, and obviously what he’s done in this part of the world needs no introduction at all. It’s a terrific pedigree and looks very easy to breed to.”

Vino Rosso has been added to the Spendthrift Australia stallion line-up at a service fee of $13,750, standing alongside Gold Standard, Omaha Beach (USA), Overshare and Swear.