Owner Ben George, like many greyhound racing enthusiasts, was shattered when his greyhound Sulzanti broke down in the Group 2 Sandown Shootout last November.
The striking son of Magic Sprite and Scissor Queen was the talk of the town, bursting on to the scene with seven wins in his first eleven starts including runs of 29.47, 29.42, and 29.34 at Sandown, the latter equalling a best of the night time with Fernando Bale. He also reeled off an incredible 29.09 in a prelude of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at the same track just weeks earlier.
George and his team expected him to put in a bold showing in the four-dog invitational race.
“About 10 of us went to Sandown that night, and we went down pretty confident that if he had a little bit of clear running that he would win and possibly break the track record (28.96 held by Bekim Bale).” George said.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, Sulzanti faltered badly approaching the home turn.
“It was pretty devastating.”
“We definitely hadn’t seen the best of him.”
His racing career over, Sulzanti looked headed for a cosy retirement on his owner’s property, until unexpected interest from within the industry changed all that.
“I was actually going to put him on the couch at home, until I got a lot of phone calls from people saying that (I) should stand him (at stud).”
“I’ve had enough encouragement from people who know to give it a go, and that’s what I’ve done.”
George believes Sulzanti’s temperament, conformation and dam line (Surf Queen) are his strongest assets when trying to lure potential breeders.
His pedigree is second-to-none, being a son of Magic Sprite (Brett Lee x Glamorous). Glamorous was a daughter of Irish super-sire Spiral Nikita and Leprechaun Yap, who has produced multiple Group 1 performers. Sulzanti’s dam Scissor Queen was a terrific sprinter for Dave Irwin, winning twenty of her 31 starts. She was a daughter of known producer Surf Queen who has thrown dogs such as Golden Easter Egg winner Don’t Knocka Him and fast sprinters Sheza Keen Size and Shabeky.
“I think his options are really wide, I love the US bloodlines, so that for me is a bit of a priority. The Paul Wheeler lines I think will click.”
Sulzanti hasn’t served any bitches as of yet, but that phase is about to commence.
“I’ve sold two (straws) today and (the bitches) are getting served on the weekend. I’ve also just picked up a bitch from Melbourne and she will go to him as well.”
The Sulzanti @ Stud team have just recently signed on with the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club with race sponsorship and signage which includes the naming rights to this year’s Easter Trophy of which heats will be run this Thursday.
“I’m happy to be involved, we all need to stick together.”
Sulzanti will be on track for the final, leading out the field in the main event and will be available to be inspected by potential breeders.
Sulzanti currently stands for a fee of $1100 (frozen only). Anyone wishing to enquire about his services can contact Ben George on 0410 432 867.