05/18/2015 10:42AM

Hampton Court retired to Spendthrift Australia


Group 1 winner Hampton Court has been retired from racing and is the first Australian native announced to stand at the newly formed Spendthrift Australia in Victoria.

The 4-year-old son of Redoute’s Choice will participate in Spendthrift Farm’s Share the Upside program, standing for an advertised fee of $8,796 ($11,000 Australian) under the program. He will also be offered for $7,037 ($8,800 Australian) through a standard live-foal contract.

“We are thrilled to be able to stand Hampton Court at Spendthrift Australia in our inaugural season,” said B. Wayne Hughes, owner of Spendthrift Australia. “It was important for us to bring in a colonial horse that will be exciting for breeders. He’s a record-breaking, Group 1-winning son of sire of sires Redoute’s Choice, and we’re looking forward to sharing him with the Australian breeders through our Share the Upside program.”

Hampton Court retires with three wins in 15 starts for earnings of $347,995, all in Australia. His 3-year-old campaign included a victory in the Dulcify Handicap, followed a week later by a 2 1/4-length win in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes, where he set a track record at 2,000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) at Royal Randwick.

Gai Waterhouse trained Hampton Court for a partnership that included breeder Milburn Creek Thoroughbred Stud, P.E. Mason, Manoc Developments, the Estate of the late P.J. Ramsay, Belford Productions, Mrs. K.J. Shadbolt, P.C. Shadbolt, and Mrs. C.A. Mason. The colt was a $520,650 ($500,000 Australian) purchase at the 2013 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

Hampton Court is the first foal out of the Canadian stakes-winning Broken Vow mare Roses ‘n’ Wine, and hails from the family of two-time Australian Horse of the Year Makybe Diva and Grade 2 winner Tres Borrachos.

Hampton Court joins U.S. shuttlers Can the Man, Jimmy Creed, and Warrior’s Reward among the stallions already announced for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Spendthrift Australia.