Civics Boasts Impressive Record At Stud

Under-rated Cambridge-based sire Civics has enhanced a very impressive record as a sire in the past racing season.

Civics’ three-year-olds in particular were to the fore during the 2011/12 season with every one of his nine members six of this crop running third or better.

“It’s quite an incredible record and something which shows that Civics is one of the most under-rated sires around,” said Lee Somervell of Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge.  “He is clearly demonstrating himself as a sire of staying types and his progeny certainly seem to show their class once they reach three years of age,” Somervell said.

Among the best performers for Civics last season was Civics Rock who has now won five races to date and has created a big impression which bodes well for a very bright future.  “He has got a huge amount of acceleration,” said Civics Rock’s trainer, Ralph Manning.

Civics Rock made a stylish winning open class debut at Ellerslie in June and is one of only nine race-day starters which have represented Civics to date.

The Lee Somervell-trained Sir Amron has also shown plenty of promise.  “He (Sir Amron) is a very good staying type and I believe he is going to furnish into a very handy four-year-old this season,” said Somervell.

Other winners sired to date by Civics have been Maysophia, bred and part-owned by Parnwell, and Candidly.

Civics began stud duties in 2007 at Ada Parnwell’s showpiece Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge property.

Civics, who won races in Sydney and Brisbane, is a member of one of the Agha Khan’s successful European families. His dam is the successful producer Dosthill (by Diesis) and his second dam Dolka is a stakes-winning daughter of the Agha Khan’s ill-fated champion Shergar.

There is no doubt that his sire, Danehill, was the most successful-ever dual hemisphere stallion.

Danehill-line stallions provide an excellent cross for the Sir Tristram/Zabeel broodmares at stud in New Zealand.

Danehill was champion Australian sire on nine occasions and champion Great Britain/Ireland sire three times. In addition he was the champion sire of two-year-olds in Australia on six occasions and champion Australian broodmare sire four times.

Civics has never attracted large numbers, with his biggest book of mares the 9 he covered in his debut season, 2007. Civics Rock is one of those first crop progeny and judging by his performances last season he will continue to fly the flag for his sire.

Somervell said Civics leaves very nice types of horses with wonderful temperaments.

Civics’ fee for the 2012 season is only $1500 plus GST. This fee is off-set by a deal whereby any broodmare who gets in foal automatically has the resultant progeny enrolled into the TBS scheme which normally has an entry fee of $2000 plus GST.

Civics will be paraded at Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge during the all breeds show later this month and is also available for inspection by appointment.

Please Contact Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge: 07 8278118.  Or e-mail: ctl@clear.net.nz.  Or you can view him on Gravel House website: www.gavelhouse.com/nz

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