Super Saturday for Sebring
The influence of Widden Stud’s much missed Golden Slipper winning sire Sebring was demonstrated on Saturday when his outstanding daughter Fangirl thrashed the best milers in the country to win the $5million Group I ATC King Charles Stakes (1600m), while at Caulfield Sebring featured as a broodmare sire with his daughter Chateau Griffo producing up and coming colt Griff to win the $3million Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Sebring only ever raced at two winning five of his six starts before tasting defeat at his final start when second to Samantha Miss in the Group I ATC Champagne Stakes. What his racing career would have delivered down the track had he raced on remains a question mark, however it is a fact that he is a very versatile sire whose offspring have excelled over a variety of distances with many running a mile and often a good deal further.
Five year-old Fangirl comes from the second last crop of foals sired by Sebring, who died at the height of his popularity in 2019 after covering his final two books of 205 and 199 mares at a fee of $66,000.
It’s a testament to the quality of those last foal crops that sees Sebring sitting in third place on the Australian General Sires List with 30 winners of $4.9million even with no three year-olds to run for him.
While Sebring sons are making their mark at stud through the likes of Supido and Gold Standard, his daughters are really starting to show their influence.
Sebring mares have produced 190 winners highlighted by seven stakes-winners with Griff the second Group I winner joining On the Bubbles. The very first Group I winner for Widden Stud’s young gun sire Trapeze Artist, Griff is also interesting for having three lines of Danehill in his pedigree 4 x 5 x 4 .