Huntingdale x Cryptic Verse
1990 - 2000
Stood at Westbury Stud from 1996 to 2000
An impressive looking son of Huntingdale, Gold Brose was destined to be the foundation sire at the newly formed Westbury Stud at Karaka in 2001 (after standing at Westbury Farm in Cambridge), but succumbed to laminitis a month prior to transferring to the recently built stud at Karaka. One of the kindest horses you will ever ‘meet’, Gold Brose was an absolute ‘gentleman’ and was poised to be an instrumental part of the stud at Karaka after serving a full book in Cambridge at a $15,000 service fee - after his death the horse was transported to the Karaka property and buried beside the stallion barn.
Born in 1990 Gold Brose was bred by Ann Raymond, being by the English bred stallion Huntingdale from the handy Australian mare Cryptic Verse; and while his catalogue page was not appreciated to any great degree commercially, the genetic strength of his pedigree more than made up for it and proved to an instrumental ingredient for his pending success at stud.. Gold Brose’s sire Huntingdale was regarded as a distinct failure at stud but it should be remembered he was a high class juvenile in Great Britain, winning the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes ahead of top colt Bakharoff and allocated a Timeform rating of 132.
A $16,000 yearling purchase by Rick Smith, Gold Brose was trained by the respected conditioner Frank Lewis and despite his modest yearling price he proved to be an outstanding racehorse. Even today the trainers and racing analysts from that era (Sydney in 1993) are quick to say that the striking chestnut had the Golden Slipper Stakes at his mercy after winning his first three starts in succession including the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes in impressive fashion on debut, but injury prevented him from taking his place in the race and saw him head to the spelling paddock. In total Gold Brose had eight raceday starts for five wins, a second, and a fourth; while his win in the Group 2 VRC Linlithgow Stakes (more recently known as the Patinack Farm Classic) as a 3YO was a career highlight for the colt when defeating Australia’s very best sprinters by a widening five length margin.
At stud Gold Brose was afforded every opportunity by his owners with a select group of compatible mares purchased specifically for the young stallion with each of these mares visiting the stallion for a minimu of three years in succession. Gold Brose never disappointed, proving to be an instant success, firstly in the sale ring, and then on the racetracks of New Zealand, Asia, and Australia with five stakes winners from his first crop including Champion 3YO Buzz Lightyear (Dual Group 1 winner of New Zealand 2000 Guineas/Levin Bayer Classic), Group 2 winner Catamarca, Cryptavia, Party Queen, and Joan’s Best. In his second crop Gold Brose produced a further four stakes winners headed by the high class Butterscotch, Fire House, Coup Wood, and Mine d’Or. In 1999 Gold Brose produced another outstanding juvenile Grout who won both Group 1 races - the ARC Sire’s Produce Stakes and Manawatu Sire’s Produce Stakes - and was awarded the title of Champion 2YO after winning both races for New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock.
It has been the final stage of Gold Brose’s stud career which has seen him become an overwhelming success and a highly respected sire in modern day pedigrees. In his role as a broodmare sire, Gold Brose features as the sire of the dam of thirteen individual stakes winners at the time of writing and includes the Royal Ascot Group 1 winner Little Bridge, Champion 2YO Il Quello Veloce, Group 1 winner and Equal Head World Thoroughbred Rankings 2014 - Terravista, Group 1 winner and sire Super Easy, Arlingtonboulevard, Miss Raggedy Ann, Tiger Tees, Mosse, Our Lukas, Chase Me, and continues to be a prominent player in a number of talented horses racing at present.