WA operator sets up at Lancefield, brings in Group 1 winning stallion
Breednet - Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Western Australian Trevor Delroy, best known in Victoria for the feats of his Group 1 winners such as Gondokoro, Ethiopia and Cedarberg, has set up shop at Lancefield in the Macedon Ranges.

Crowded HouseAnd with the breeding property now well developed over the past couple of years, Delroy is bringing in flashy UK Group 1 winner Crowded House (GB) to stand as a stallion.

Delroy's major investment in the Victorian breeding sector will offer Victorian breeders an international sire line that has proven to be incredibly influential around the word.

As a two-year-old Crowded House started his career in grand style for trainer Brian Meehan impressively winning the coveted stallion-making Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

As jockey Jamie Spencer said "He smashed them…rarely do you ride a horse with the explosive turn of foot that Crowded House gave me in winning."

"For future middle distance horses, it's probably the best race to win as a two-year-old in the UK, and that's how I got interested in him, after seeing him win with his incredible turn of foot," Delroy said.

"You don't see that very often, and that's a very worthwhile characteristic to pursue in a stallion if you are trying to breed top quality middle distance horses."

The Racing Post Trophy has been a great stallion maker with Vaguely Noble, Green Dancer and High Chaparral, to name just three of the outstanding stallions to have won the race.

In the 2008 European Thoroughbred Rankings, Crowded House was rated the highest British-trained juvenile when given a rating of 120.

The stallion continued to race in top-class company as a three and four-year-old, but a sesamoid injury suffered in the Racing Post Trophy hampered his brilliance for the rest of his career.

"The point of the matter is, if he hadn't had the setback and had gone on to win or place in the Derby or the 2000 Guineas we would have never got him," Delroy said.

In a campaign in Dubai, he ran gallant seconds in a pair of Group races, before heading to the US, only beaten by a nose in the Group 1 Pacific Stakes at Del Mar.

Crowded House looks to have the potential to be the best son of Rainbow Quest who sired Australian based stallion Quest For Fame and is an elite broodmare sire with winners approaching $300 million in earnings.

He was foaled in 2006 from Weiner Wald, a daughter of Woodman (Mr Prospector), from the immediate blue-blooded family of Chapel Of Dreams, whose dam is Terlingua, a half-sister to Group 1 sprinter-miler and Champion sire Royal Academy and also the dam of multiple champion US sire Storm Cat.

His immediate family also contains unbeaten juvenile and multiple Group 1 winner Reckless Abandon, the Joint Champion 2YO Colt in France in 2012 and Champion 3YO Sprinter in Europe & GB in 2013.

Delroy purchased Crowded House, while still in training, to bring out to Australia to stand with his other stallion, Helenus, at Ian MacPherson's Wattle Grove Stud in NSW. With Helenus having passed on in 2013 and the new property set up at Lancefield, Crowded House has been switched down south.

At stud, the powerful chestnut has served limited books, being well supported by Delroy's own well-bred mares.

Crowded House will stand at the Lancefield property this season for $11,000 Inc. GST.

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