The Easter Cup winner Jet Away has made a flying start to his stallion career at Ireland’s Arctic Tack Stud and is closing in on 150 mares covered for the season.
After his hugely promising racing career was cut short by injury in Australia, Jet Away returned to Ireland, where he has already covered more than 130 high class Flat and National Hunt broodmares in his debut season at stud.
Now, Jet Away’s owner Douglas Taylor is hoping to give breeders in the Southern Hemisphere the opportunity to send their mares to the Group One-performer.
“I am absolutely thrilled that Jet Away has been so warmly received by breeders in the Northern Hemisphere,” owner Douglas Taylor said.
“Jet Away has taken to his new career in such impressive style and his fertility rate, in particular, has pleased us immensely. We expect he will go on to cover 150 mare this year.
“He showed the best form of his all-too-brief career when in Australia and I would love to find an opportunity to shuttle Jet Away so that breeders who admired him in the Southern Hemisphere can make use of him.”
Jet Away’s credentials are complemented by a stallion’s pedigree, with leading sires Dansili, Cacique, Champs Elysees and Leroidesanimaux featuring in his immediate female family. His sire, Cape Cross, is also represented at stud by his champion son Sea The Stars and sired another winner of the English Derby as Golden Horn took out the 2015 renewal in impressive fashion.
“Jet Away would become the only son of Cape Cross to stand in Australasia should he do so and you only have to look at the success enjoyed already by Sea The Stars to see what an exciting opportunity this would be for breeders in the region.”
Purchased by Blandford Bloodstock for 200,000gns at the 2012 Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale, having been trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, Jet Away proved a highly effective performer for trainer David Hayes in Australia.
Having made a winning Australian debut at Bendigo over 1600 metres, Jet Away stepped up in trip and class to take out the Group Three Easter Cup over 2000 metres, proving too good for the likes of the subsequent Group Two winner and Group One-placed Mourinho.
Stepping up again, Jet Away proved himself a more-than-capable Group One performer, running a luckless fourth in the 2013 Caulfield Cup, beaten less than two lengths by Fawkner. He once again proved up the standard in the subsequent Mackinnon Stakes, competing with season Group One performers such as Side Glance, Dear Demi and Moriarty before injury brought a premature end to his racing career.
Former trainer David Hayes has fond memories of the European import and recalls: “Jet Away showed the most determination of any racehorse I have ever trained.
“If he hadn’t picked up an injury he would have, in my opinion, gone on to win multiple Group One races in Australia.”