As he’s watched the first foals by freakish grey import Puissance De Lune enter this world, Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster can’t help but look to the future with bold optimism.
Sangster has made it his mission in recent years to recruit stallion talent that could give him an edge in the breeding market, and in Puissance De Lune (Shamardal x Princess Serena), Toronado (High Chaparral x Wana Doo), and Trust In A Gust (Keep The Faith x Subtle Breeze), he has landed three stallions that give his stud a major point of difference.
“I don’t think you would find a more unique group of stallions anywhere in Australia,” Sangster said.
“When you look at the quality of Puissance De Lune’s first foals you know the horse is in for a big future. His sire Shamardal is a real force and he’s the only Group winning son at stud in Australia,” he said.
Establishing a strong stallion presence in Victoria at affordable service fees has been crucial for Swettenham Stud with Sangster, a director of Thoroughbred Breeder’s Victoria, acutely aware of the pressure felt by small-time breeders as a result of soaring service fees and rising costs of yearling preparation.