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Name: Absinthe Minded

Gender: Filly

Sire: High Chaparral

Dam: Absinthe (Retired)

Trainer: Robert Heathcote

Foal Date: 23/10/2010

 

FILLY BY HIGH CHAPARRAL (EX ABSINTHE)

This tall filly is by High Chaparral sire of dual Cox Plate hero, So You Think.  A Caulfield Cup winner in Descarado, a dual Group 1 winner, and the Derby winners, Shoot Out and Monaco Consul.

This dark brown filly has a white star on her head and is out of the lightly raced Absinthe.  A mare that broke her maiden at her third race start.  Absinthe, then collected a cheque at another three of her starts before being retired for stud duties after just eight racetrack appearances.

Bred at Windsor Park in New Zealand by Nelson Schick, Absinthe is a daughter of Fairy Tipsy (by Casual Lies), whom Schick bred as well.

A winner of five races, Fairy Tipsy gained black-type when third in the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Cup and is out of Rebellious Angel (by Success Express) a sister to the Group 1Railway Handicap winner Coogee Walk in-turn the dam of Activation (by Zabeel) winner of the Group 3 Coongy Handicap.

Fairy Tipsy has proven her worth as a broodmare being the dam of Distill (by Volksraad), winner of the Otaki Group 1 Levin Classic, and, the Listed winner Mr. Tipsy (by Montjeu).

Other very good racehorses in the family are the Group 1 SAJC Goodwood Handicap winner, Boardwalk Angel (by Bletchingly) and the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap winner, Crawl (by Dr. Grace).  As is the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase hero, Marching (by Commands) and the Listed VRC Winter Championship winner, The Big Ask (by Bigstone).

NOT ENOUGH?   Finishing second on debut at two, High Chaparral won 10 of his next 12 starts, including the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy as a juvenile, a Breeders’ Cup on the turf along with the English and Irish Derby’s during his classic year.

Then as a four-year-old he trained on to win another Breeders’ Cup on the turf and the Irish Champion Stakes.  Remarkably, his only other defeats came when he ran in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, when his rider suggested that High Chaparral preferred to race left-handed.

Retiring to stand at stud in the southern hemisphere in New Zealand at Windsor Park Stud, High Chaparral’s last crop of foals have been offered through various auction sales rings in Australasia.

High Chaparral’s stud record at the end of March, shows from 492 starters he has sired 259 individual winners, with 33 stakes winners and another 18 stakes placegetters with earnings of more than $35.5million.

So far this year yearlings by High Chaparral have sold from $800,000 and at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, at the beginning of March, a colt sold for $200,000.