El Gladiador holds off finishes from Our Rosette (red) and Emma’s Chance (green) to become the first winner for his sire Ghibellines. Photo: Wild Range Photography
White Robe Lodge’s rookie stallion Ghibellines sired his first winner when El Gladiador won at Wingatui on Friday.
The two-year-old toughed out a gritty win on debut over 820m for trainers John and Karen Parsons and rider Chris Johnson.
To say Karen Parsons is a fan of the stock of Ghibellines could be an understatement.
“We have got a big wrap on the Ghibellines.”
“They are amazing horses with amazing temperaments and they are just made to be racehorses.”
“Chris said he has got the ability to go and stop when he wants to, he is not just a speed horse.”
“We just think the Ghibellines are super horses.”
“We have got another one by him at home and he is a cracking horse, too.”
Parsons bred El Gladiador from her Haafiz mare, Querella.
The two-year-old’s win handed Ghibellines the start to his siring career stallion owners dream of, White Robe Lodge studmaster Wayne Stewart said.
“It is a massive day for the stud, that is what you dream about, having a stallion kick off like that.”
Stewart said Ghibellines has sired his biggest and best book of mares this season.
“He covered more numbers than last year, but quality-wise he has served his best book by far this year.”
Ears Carol, the dam of recently retired star Who Shot Thebarman, was in foal to Ghibellines, Stewart said.