Following the industry crisis of the Equine Influenza outbreak and the effect it had on the 2007 breeding season, a reshuffle of plans led to Dato Tan Chin Nam's quality racehorse Pendragon retired to stud to stand at Think Big Stud, Bowral, New South Wales for the 2007 breeding season.
In his debut 2007 season Pendragon attacted the dams of three Group 1 winners and five half sisters to Group 1 winners and three daughters of Group 1 winners giving him a quality book to equal many of his much more costly rivals. The product of these matings will be born in the spring of 2008.
Pendragon is the second well-bred race proven racehorse retired to Victoria’s breeding industry by Dato Tan Chin Nam, the owner of three Melbourne Cup winners amongst many top Victorian race winners, after having last year advocated God's Own location to Eliza Park Stud.
Pendragon, a handsome bay/brown, is by a first crop son of Danzig, and the Group I winner of the Newmarket July Cup (1200m) in Elnadim.
Elnadim, from a daughter of the legendary dam Fall Aspen, carries similar credentials to one of Danzig's other July Cup winning sons in Danehill. He was Champion 3YO and Older Sprinter in England franking his Group wins.
In a nine start career cut short by injury, Pendragon shot to prominence on debut with a stakes placing at two over 1200m. At his next two starts he met future Group I winners Racing To Win and Paratroopers, running second to both horses by less than a length over 1200m and 1300m, before running third to Paratroopers and Racing To Win in the now STC Group II Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill.
Pendragon went from the Golden Rose to post wins in the STC Group III Gloaming Stakes (1800m) and the MRC Group III Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) (beating Headturner), and he was placed second as favourite in the AJC Group I Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
Pendragon competed honourably for a fourth in the Group I VRC Derby (2500m), just failing to run out the distance. He only had one more racecourse appearance, when a resuming fifth in the Expressway Stakes, the only the second occasion he did not finish in the first three.
Pendragon’s dam-side breeding is unsurpassed being out of the NZ Oaks winner in Alacrity (by Grosvenor), and he comes from the direct family of the breed shaping stallion Marscay.
Like Australasia's current leading sires Redoute's Choice, Encosta De Lago and Zabeel, Pendragon is by an imported sire, and in a similar fashion the established sires he has a proven himself on Australia's race tracks at Group level.
Pendragon stands for $10,000 (+GST) with a reduction for the first fifty bookings to $8,000 (+GST), all Live Foal Guarantee. Travel rebates on application. Contact Duncan Ramage on 02 9663 3030 or e-mail email@example.com or at the stud Kerry Wisnewski on 0427 446 060
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Pendragon, prior to going to stud, taken June 2007.