Stable favorite What’s New has arrived safely at Vinery stud early this week, after the mandatory 2 week post export quarantine in Melbourne. The bonnie mare retires from the track with 6 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds for prize money of $611,628.75. Vinery Stud’s Marketing and Communications Manager Racheal Finlayson has reported she has settled in beautifully, looks a picture of health and is friendly towards her paddock mates.
Ultimately, a brrodmare is judged by the success of her progeny. However, when a race mare is retired to stud, that success can also be added too by both race track performance and what that mare’s immediate family have also achieved on the track. What’s New became a very valuable broodmare proposition with her outstanding 2019 where she won the Group 3 Silver Bowl and Group 2 Stewards Cup and ran a Gallant and unlucky 4th in the Singapore Derby. Her racing success has been well documented in past articles. Adding also to her value has been the recent 2020 wins of What’s New’s two younger half sisters.
Her new career at stud will be charted by owners Greg and Lisa Perry who own and operate Greenwich Stud Pty Ltd, an operation that has achieved incredible success both on the track and in the sales ring over the years from a small and select band of about 20 broodmares. Greg and Lisa have been long time supporters of Cliff over many years both in Australia and were very helpful in Cliff establishing himself in Singapore.
Quiet and unassuming, Greg tends to shun the spotlight in terms of his success in the incredibly tough world of thoroughbred breeding. Greg has an encyclopedic knowledge of pedigrees and Greenwich Stud’s Group and Black Type success stories as breeders are to0 many to mention. They do however include breeding the incredible champion mare Atlantic Jewel, and her Thousand Guineas winning 1/2 sister Commanding Jewel, Group 1 Darley Classic winner Delectation, Group 1 Flight Stakes runner up Sezanne, Group 2 Villiers Runner up Cabeza De Vaca, and also produced 2018 VRC Oaks winner Aristia just to name a few!!
The What’s New story off the track and the Singapore connection started some years earlier when Cliff purchased the Bloomsbury Stud filly Pussycat Dream (Oasis Dream/The Cat’s Whiskers) in the UK for Greg and Lisa Perry. After a short stint in training in Singapore, it was decided to send the mare back to Australia. Once breeding season rolled around Greg had selected Casino Prince as Pussycat Dream’s first suitor. Casino Prince it would be fair to say wasn’t the most fashionable stallion at the time, however the 4×4 Danzig cross that the mating would produce, certainly was attractive to Greg. And how right he was, with the result being What’s New.
From a strong New Zealand family Pussycat Dream crossed the Tasman whilst pregnant with What’s New. First date selected by Greg in New Zealand was with at the time recently retired super star of the turf Ocean Park. The resultant foal was sold at the Karaka sales and now races as Gorgeous Geisha in NZ trained by Nigel Tilley. She has had a great 2020 winning two races recently, taking her record to 3 wins from 9 starts.
Greg entered into a foal share arrangement for Pussycat Dream’s third covering with the highly credentialed Cambridge Stud stallion Tavistock. An immature yearling, Greg could see the potential where other’s couldn’t and was able to purchase her outright. Now a 4 year old mare the Tavistock/Pussycat Dream races as Desert Realm in Australia and is prepared by Trent Busuttin, and has taken her record to 2 wins and a second from just 6 starts. Currently spelling, the diminutive Desert Realm looks a most likely candidate for future success on the track as she continues to mature.
Greg’s fourth union for Pussycat Dream was with El Roca. Beaten a nose in the Randwick Guineas and a certainty beaten in the George Ryder, El Roca provided Greg with race track performance at the highest level, and also a replication of the 4×4 Danzig cross (successful with What’s New). Offered for sale at Karaka 2018, the colt was quickly snapped up by Cliff Brown Racing, with Greg and Lisa retaining shares, with the other shares quickly snapped up by friends and stable clients who loved What’s New. He arrives in Singapore this month.
Next up and now a 2 year old was a Tarzino colt. Tarzino had the best sectionals in Press Statement’s Caulfield Guineas (THE stallion making race), was multiple Group 1 winner and at the time the most successful son of Tavistock to commence stud duties. Greg will give him plenty of time before a decision on where he races. After a year off, Pussycat Dream returned to Australia and recently produced a colt by Pierro and will have a date with Vinery’s new stallion Exceedance (again a 4×4 cross to Danzig).
So with Multiple Group success, a family of winners from all those who have raced, a future of upcoming winners behind her, a magnificently gentle temperament, but a tenacious tiger on the track, What’s New has all the credentials to make it as a broodmare.
She will be given 3-4 weeks to let down at Vinery, before her first date with a stallion. Greg has settled on Coolmore stallion Calyx. Why? He is the fastest son of UK sire Kingman, who is quickly becoming one of the best stallions in Europe. Calyx was a brilliant racehorse with outstanding speed, winning the Group 2 Coventry Stakes and Group 3 Commonwealth Cup Trial stakes before injury curtailed his career.
What’s New and all her relations have all shown that essential commodity in the make up of successful racehorses, that is, they possess an enormous will to win. With Greg’s knowledge of pedigree’s and the bonnie mare’s will and toughness on the race track, the coming chapters in the What’s New story will be riveting. We wish Greg and Lisa all the best with What’s New and her progeny in the future.