Five generations of renowned Hunter Valley horsemanship

Ad Valorem retired from stud duties

First published 23/07/2020

Resident Cangon Stud Farm sire AD VALOREM (USA) has been retired from duties after serving 13 consecutive seasons in Australia and operating on a dual hemisphere basis at the beginning of his successful stallion career.

A dual Group 1 winning racehorse on the track, AD VALOREM served with distinction on the rosters of Coolmore (Ireland), Woodlands and Darley (Australia), before settling at Cangon Stud Farm in more recent time.

Originally retired to stud in 2017, AD VALOREM has proceeded to sire over 300 individual winners on a worldwide scale, being accredited with progeny that have 'saluted the judge’ in no fewer than 29 different countries.

However, it has been in Australia where AD VALOREM has proven to be most prolific. His 297 starters include exactly 200 winners at the time of writing — the David Payne-trained Pyrmont realising the milestone for his sire when breaking his maiden status at Warwick Farm in mid-June.

AD VALOREM’s leading progeny feature the Group 1 BRC JJ Atkins winner Capital Gain, and the Group 2 winners Free Wheeling, Meliora, Pied A Terre, Detours and UATE.  To his great credit, he has also been responsible for internationally recognised black-type winners in North America, Italy and India.

In addition to his stud record as a direct sire, Ad Valorem is also making an impact through his daughters. Notable runners in whose profile Ad Valorem figures as a maternal grandsire include Swettenham Stud’s first season sire I Am Immortal; Godolphin’s beautifully-related Group winner Astoria; and the upcoming sprinting talent Dirty Works, winner of the Listed Ortensia Stakes at his latest outing.

Studmaster JOCK MACKAY +61 (0)417 674 885