Five generations of renowned Hunter Valley horsemanship

Fifty-up for Ad Valorem in season 2017/18

First published 05/06/2018.

The maiden victory of Purple Cup at Cessnock on Monday saw AD VALOREM (USA) accredited with 50 winners for the season — the third consecutive time this highly consistent stallion has registered the feat.

A proven producer of quality winners on a worldwide scale, AD VALOREM (USA) has proven to be one of the most prolific stallions on the domestic front in recent seasons, posting as many as 75 individual winners in 2016/17, and breaking through the 50-plus barrier for the first time the season before that with 53 in total.

With close on two months of the current season to complete, AD VALOREM (USA) is certainly on track to register his second best ever tally in another showing of how well the progeny of the stallion are suited by the structure of Australian racing.

Monday’s success of Purple Cup is a prime example. Competing in a maiden event over 900m, the 3-year-old displayed abundant speed to hold the running rail (after jumping from Barrier 2) before sprinting off the home turn to a clear advantage. The lightly-raced gelding never looked likely to be caught in the straight and went on to score by more than a length.

Virtually two-thirds of 915-plus wins recorded by the progeny of AD VALOREM (USA) have been posted at distances up to 1400 metres. Furthermore, more than a third of those 915-plus wins have come as 2- and 3-year-olds.

It goes to prove that the AD VALOREM (USA) breed is tailor-made for local racing and the related bonus schemes associated with 2- and 3-year-old racing.


Another prolific month  for the Ad Valorem breed

First published 05/04/2018

There were very few sires that proved as prolific as AD VALOREM (USA) during the month of March in a typical period of racetrack success for the Cangon Stud Farm resident stallion.

One of the most consistent sires in Australia, AD VALOREM (USA) enjoyed winners at Bendigo, Scone, Coonamble, Goulburn, Bunderburg, Yarra Valley, Albury, Emerald, Tamworth, Fannie Bay etc — his offspring winning far and wide across States and Territories.

AD VALOREM (USA) also enjoyed a midweek metropolitan double on March 21 when Mishani Electra scored at Doomben in Brisbane, and Near Queue landed a $40,000 race on the Sandown Hillside circuit in Melbourne.

A brilliant son of Danzig whose progeny are ideally suited by the structure of the Australian racing program, it is worth noting that his healthy contingent of winners also featured the $50,000 Albury RC Flat Knacker Handicap (900m) winner Highly Geared as well as the $40,000 Darwin TC St Pat's Day Handicap (1600m) winner The Wide Side. To her great credit, the former took her earnings to a figure in excess of $347,000.

It is worth highlighting that last month's successes were achieved by a stallion that has only been represented by 94 starters so far in season 2017/18 and yet is already accredited with 46 individual winners to date. These are amongst the 279 winners AD VALOREM has produced in his 10 years at stud serving both in the Hunter Valley and overseas.


Studmaster JOCK MACKAY +61 (0)417 674 885