One Apollo and Stephen McNally score at upset odds. Photo: Race Images
It was a dream start to the siring career of One Over Da Moon when his first ever foal became a stakes winner at Addington last night.
One Apollo took out the Listed $68,250 Yearling Sales 2YO Trot in the hands of Stephen McNally for trainer Brent White.
His breeders, Waimate’s Lex and Heather Williams, retain a share in the juvenile after White purchased him at last year’s Christchurch yearling sale for $20,000.
“Brent chose him and we said let’s stay in and enjoy racing him too,” said Lex Williams.
Naturally, they are overjoyed that their brainwave to serve two of their mares with semen from their then four-year-old trotting entire while he was racing has paid off.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” said Williams.
“To bred a horse that wins a nice race is special but the fact that we bred his father and owned his mother, so our first true home-bred foal, that was an extra thrill.”
Williams says the feedback has always been excellent from White on One Apollo.
“Brent’s done a great job with him.
“He’s always liked him and he kept telling us he was targeting this race.
“He’s been going way better than he has shown on race night; inexperience has cost him a few times.
Word must have gotten out fairly early on that One Over Da Moon’s foals were nice because demand for his semen went up 18 months ago despite him not really being marketed.
“There are 13 weanlings on the ground by him at the moment.
“We’ll probably have to consider turning him in to a full-time stallion next breeding season.”
Unfortunately, One Over Da Moon wasn’t racing on the same card as his son but is due to tackle a race at Addington next week for trainer Paul Nairn.
Nairn also trains the other colt from One Over Da Moon’s first crop, Da Moons Mission.
“He’s a beautiful horse, too,” said Williams.
“He’s a good bit bigger than One Apollo and Paul has said we’ll save him until next season to race.”
For the Williams, it was the second straight winner of the Yearling Sales race that they have bred after One Muscle Hill won the race last year.
As for One Apollo, he’s likely off to the paddock, the Harness Jewels in Cambridge early next month not in the plans.
“He’ll probably head for the paddock now.
“Last night’s stakes don’t count towards his tally and we could possibly have started at Oamaru next week.
“But taking advice from Brent, who thinks he will be a far better three-year-old and right up with the best ones.”