04/17/2009 12:00AM

New stallion will shuttle Down Under


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Walmac Farm, which recently struck up a new association with Australia's Lincoln Farm, hopes the partnership's first stallion will capitalize on his sire's Southern Hemisphere success.

Walmac will shuttle first-year stallion Ready's Image to launch Lincoln/Walmac Associated Farms stallion roster in Scone, New South Wales. Ready's Image is one of More Than Ready's most successful U.S.-based sons. He won the 2007 Sanford and two other stakes, finished second in the Grade 1 Hopeful, and earned $310,542. He was retired because of injury last October, canceling a planned trip to the Breeders' Cup Mile. A 4-year-old this year, he stands for $12,500 in Kentucky.

More Than Ready, who stands for Vinery both in Australia and Kentucky, has already made strong inroads Down Under. He sired last year's champion juvenile there, Golden Slipper winner Sebring, and another of his sons, Phelan Ready, took this year's Golden Slipper. He is also the sire of Aussie Group 1 winner Benecio, Perfectly Ready, and Carry on Cutie. More Than Ready kicked off his Southern Hemisphere career by earning Australia's freshman sire title in 2004-05, and last year he ended the season as the nation's top juvenile sire, a ranking he holds again now.

While at Lincoln Farm under the Lincoln/Walmac banner, Ready's Image will be in the care of Nick Posa. So far, Walmac hasn't decided whether to offer Ready's Image for syndication in Australia. But Posa expressed confidence that the horse will appeal to breeders in at least two ways: he was a precocious sprinter, and, as Posa put it, "he's free of the Danzig and Danehill strains that have done so well with More Than Ready."

Sir Harry Lewis dead at 25

A former Walmac sire, Sir Harry Lewis, has died in England at age 25, according to an online Racing Post report. The 1987 Irish Derby winner and Irish 3-year-old champion, he started his stud career at Walmac for the 1990 season, then moved to Sugar Maple Farm in New York. He relocated in 1994 to Great Britain, where he became a leading steeplechasing sire.

He died of a heart attack at Wood Farm Stud on April 14. He had covered 18 of 50 mares booked to him so far this year.

Sir Harry Lewis earned more than $700,000 and won 4 of 17 starts.

Among Sir Harry Lewis's best runners were United States stakes winners Two Ninety Jones and Try N Sue. Sir Harry Lewis was out of the Grade 1-placed stakes winner Sue Babe, by Mr. Prospector. He was a half-brother to New York stakes winners Sir Richard Lewis and Cyrano.

Filly burns up preview track

The Forbidden Apple filly Garden Cider posted a sizzling 9.60-second workout Thursday to lead eighth-mile times at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's under-tack preview.

The session was the second of four showcasing horses in the April 20-23 spring 2-year-old auction at the Ocala, Fla., sale company.

Garden Cider will sell as Hip No. 692 at the sale. The bay filly is out of the Halo mare Stacie's Halo, and Bridlewood Farm is the consignor.

Also posting session-leading fast times were a pair of juveniles colts by Scrimshaw and Pico Central. Hip No. 461, named Ishmael, is by Scrimshaw out of Preciosa. The dark bay or brown colt is in agent Raymie Lightner's consignment. Casse Sales, agent, consigns the other colt, a chestnut son of Pico Central and Sez Who's Gold. He sells as Hip No. 608.

The under-tack previews were to continue through Saturday over the OBS Safetrack track in Ocala, starting at 8 a.m. each day. The auction runs April 20-23 with sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m.

Tattersalls business off

The Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale ended Thursday night in Newmarket, England, with 115 horses in training sold for about $13,303,794, for approximate average and median prices of $115,685 and $93,240, respectively. Those figures represented a 28 percent drop in gross, 27 percent decrease in average, and a 14 percent decline in median as compared with last year's record figures. Additionally, Tattersalls reported 20 buy-backs later sold privately for about $1,169,385. The sale-topper was a Medaglia d'Oro-C'Est L'Amour colt that brought about $404,040 from agent Richard O'Gorman. Bred by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, the colt sold for $125,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale.

* Catalogs for Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's May 18-19 juvenile sale are out, with 500 entries. The auction will take place at Fasig-Tipton's pavilion in Timonium, Md., starting at 10 a.m. both days.