Sweet Orange has returned to New Zealand to resume his stallion career at Highview.
The Group One-performed son of War Front stood three seasons at the Waikato farm before relocating to Australia.
“His owner felt he wasn’t getting the numbers here and he decided to try his luck at Aquis Farm,” Highview’s Brent Gillovic said.
“He bought us out of our share-holding, but the horse got a very small book of mares in Queensland.
“The old chap that owned him died and Aquis asked if I wanted him back. I had mixed feelings to be honest, but everybody who has got a Sweet Orange have been raving about them.”
Sweet Orange is now owned by the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Group’s Lang Lin and will stand at $5000 + GST.
Out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Good Vibes, the American-bred Sweet Orange began his career in Ireland where he was successful as a two-year-old in the Listed Star Appeal Stakes (1400m).
He subsequently transferred to Hong Kong and won a further two races, including the Listed Hong Kong Mile (1600m) and finished third in the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m).
Sweet Orange’s oldest crop are juveniles and from six Australasian runners he has sired the winner Khimar War.
“I sold two to the South Island, one was Khimar War who looks pretty good and another one out of Senorita Rosay that’s been a trial winner,” Gillovic said. – NZ Racing Desk.