Queensland breeders should have a spring in their step.
With the breeding season underway, foals are arriving and consorts are being chosen for mares, most studs are extremely busy.
It’s also an exciting period with owners hoping they have next champion at their disposal.
And Queensland has a proud history with producing top quality stock, the greatest champion of all time was born and raised in the Sunshine State – Blacks A Fake, a four times Inter Dominion winner.
The magnificent pacer was foaled at Egmont Park Stud on the Darling Downs back in 2000, and the proud nursery has seen many other foals go onto superb racetrack careers.
Nowadays, standing at Egmont Park is dual hemisphere champion Mr Feelgood plus Gotta Go Cullect and Hurrikane Kingcole.
And the latter is producing great results in North America.
An extremely fast son of super sire Cams Card Shark (sire of Bettors Delight), the former John McDermott Jr. trainee won 14 of his 49 race starts.
He took a personal best time of 1:47.6.
With a small crop currently competing in the Kentucky Sires Stakes program, his numbers are impressive.
And his son Hurrikane Emperor landed his biggest payday last weekend at the famed Red Mile in Lexington.
Hurrikane Emperor captured the KYSS final for 2-year-old male pacers. Already the winner of the New Jersey Sires Stakes final, Hurrikane Emperor became a two-state champ with a brilliant 1:49.3 victory for driver Daniel Dube and trainer Joh McDermott Jr.
It was an impressive display from Hurrikane Emperor who led at every call to beat the pocket-sitting Blood Money (Yannick Gingras) by a head, with favorite Captain Trevor (Andy McCarthy) third.
Hurrikane Emperor was bred and is owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and Lind Racing Stable. The win was his sixth in eight starts, bringing her earnings to $214,400.
Another outstanding performer for Hurrikane Kingcole this season has been the classy three-year-old Hurrikane Empress; the filly has clearly inherited her father’s speed and will to win boasting several victories this term.
Early reports on his Australian stock are very pleasing.
Hurrikane Kingcole stands at a very affordable fee of $1500 + GST.