New sire boasts top French trotting bloodlines

Northern Southland stud Macca Lodge will stand En Solitaire in the spring breeding season.

The sire will offer the only opportunity in New Zealand for breeders of squaregaiters to send their mares to a son of champion French sire Ready Cash.

"With bloodlines like that I couldn't say no,'' studmaster Brent McIntyre said of taking En Solitaire.

"He's by Ready Cash out of a Love You mare and that is the golden cross up there in Europe. Bold Eagle is bred on that cross and he is the best trotter up there.''

Ready Cash is the leading French sire, who won nine group-1 races.

Love You, who also has French bloodlines, has been
a leading trotting sire in
recent seasons.

Bold Eagle is the rockstar of French trotting, having won 44 of his 64 starts. He has won 16 group 1 races and banked more than 4.5million ($NZ7.59million) in earnings.

Injury prevented En Solitaire from making a mark on the racetrack. He was then secured by Australasian trotting stud Haras de Trotters, on whose behalf Macca Lodge will stand him.

En Solitaire will stand for $1500. Breeders who wish to pay when their foal is born can take that option at a $2000 fee.

"He is priced right to meet the market, so hopefully a few trotting breeders will be willing to give him a crack,'' McIntyre said.

En Solitaire joins Net Ten EOM and Franco Ledger in the siring ranks at Macca Lodge.

The French sire's arrival follows the departure of a talented trotter from the Northern Southland

operation. Cuchulainn left McIntyre's stable after being bought by Victorians Merv and Meg Butterworth.

The 4yr-old impressed through two wins and three second placings from six starts this season.

Cuchulainn is not the only departure from Macca Lodge. Stable junior driver Maruia Parker is to move to the North Island and McIntyre is searching for a capable replacement.


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