SOME of the most sought after bloodlines in the performance horse world have continued with the birth of a foal in early October by The Metallist.
The rising four-year-old stallion is owned by Christine Jones and Steven Hart, and trained by Mr Hart at Googong, near Canberra.
The Metallist is by industry-leading sire Metallic Cat, from Moms Stylish Pepto, and was imported to Australia in 2018, from former Tumut boy and now renowned trainer Geoffrey 'Spud' Sheehan, Beechfork Ranch, Texas, US.
His sire, Metallic Cat (by Chers Shadow and by Peptoboonsma) recently acquired the Equi-Stat $30 million sire status as the youngest stallion in the history of the industry to pass the that milestone in offspring earnings.
The Metallist's dam, Moms Stylish Pepto, was the top producing dam for 2019, placing first on the Equi-Stat all industry cutting, reining and reined cow horse dam chart.
While he's yet to compete, The Metallist has been put to work in breeding, with the first foal, a colt, born last Friday, to Mr Hart's retired open mare Hannaford Stud Kia, a winner of 22 open drafts.
I'm ecstatic with him. He's tracking behind the bison and the motorbike, doing figure of eights, and also cutting out, unbelievably so.- The Metallist trainer Steven Hart
Kia also has top bloodlines, being a great granddaughter of Smart Little Lena (lifetime earnings of $743,275 from just eight shows) and granddaughter of Tassa Lena and Docs Freckles Oak, through her sire Tassas Robin Hood.
The foal is the first of eight progeny by The Metallist expected this year, with three due this week and another four within the next month.
He had been in training for the cutting futurity in the US before being imported but he's now in training for campdrafting, Mr Hart said.
"He doesn't turn four until February next year so we'll wait to start him until he's ready, either towards the end of this season or the start of next - I'm definitely not going to rush him.
"I'm ecstatic with him. He's tracking behind the bison and the motorbike, doing figure of eights, and also cutting out, unbelievably so."