One of the most anticipated foals of the 2008 season arrived at Arrowfield Stud just after 7pm on Wednesday 1st October. By Champion sire Hussonet (USA) out of the unraced Helissio (Fr.) mare Weekend Beauty, the new arrival is a full sister to the reigning Australian Horse of the Year and Champion 3YO Colt/Gelding – Weekend Hussler.
“She’s a lovely filly,” reports Operations Manager Sam Fairgray. “She’s leggy, tall and correct. We couldn’t be happier with her.”
Hussonet has taken little time in translating his international success to Australia. The pre-eminent sire-son of Mr. Prospector at stud, Hussonet was Champion Sire of Chile six times and last year was crowned Champion Second Season Sire in Australia. From just two crops of racing age he has produced, in addition to Weekend Hussler, G1 Blue Diamond winner Reaan, G2 winner and G1 placegetter Rios(NZ), G3 winner Husson Lightning, stakeswinners Huiskes and Dirty, plus stakesplaced Husonic, Brazen Hussey, Atomic Huss, My Sweet Cookie etc.
The bay filly has significant commercial appeal well beyond the immediate ties to her famous sibling. Her female pedigree is littered with black type. Weekend Beauty is a half sister to G3 winners Saturday Fever and Phantom Thief. Their dam is the multiple Group winner and G1 placegetter Not On Friday. This is the immediate family of Gold Heights, Battle Heights, Arctic Heights etc.
Weekend Beauty has produced two winners from three to race including Weekend Hussler, the winner of 12 races – seven at Group 1 level and more than $3 million in prizemoney. This weekend the 4YO steps up to the 2000m of the G1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington. Trainer Ross McDonald remains confident that his stable star will handle the extra distance and the 57.5kgs he has been allocated.
Hussonet will cover a full book of mares at Arrowfield for the 2008 season at a service fee of $137,500 incl. GST.