Thompson has on his Rich Hill roster full-time the nation’s current leading sire, Proisir – a son of the Danehill line Australian sprinter Choisir – who is making a strong advance to take the champion sire’s mantle from the ageing Savabeel, himself a son and grandson of the massively influential New Zealand champion sires Zabeel and Sir Tristram.
Yet the breeder has long seen the potential in Satono Aladdin as well, or at least the positive impact the Deep Impact sire line might have on New Zealand bloodstock. He first welcomed the emerging Shadai stallion in the spring of 2018 and this year the covering fee was set at NZ$12,500 (US$8,100).
“Satono Aladdin has got a nice crop of foals on the ground, and he served a big book for me last year,” Thompson told Asian Racing Report.
That bodes well, especially after Covid-affected flights resulted in the G1 Yasuda Kinen victor being unable to shuttle in 2020, meaning no Satono Aladdin yearlings at the Karaka sale next week. His 13 progeny offered at Karaka Book 1 in the last two years sold for an average of around NZ$110,000 (US$71,600).
“He’s by Deep Impact, of course, but I believe the key to him is that female family,” Thompson continued. “New Zealand has always been best going back, traditionally, on the English bloodlines, most of the stallions here have got that lovely English breeding. But Satono Aladdin brings the Deep Impact and the Storm Cat together via his dam, then back to Fappiano and then of course Nijinsky. It’s lovely genetic stuff.”