Ducimus created a milestone for Snitzel and a black-type first for Orbis Bloodstock when he won the LR Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington in February 2017.
He was the 50th individual stakes winner by Snitzel and that total had increased to 87 by the time Exhilarates blitzed a red-hot field at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Ducimus was a star turn from the outset with Team Hawkes forced to bid a sale-high $700,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier on behalf of Orbis Bloodstock owner Little Kwok Hing Hung.
He was ready to roll as a summer juvenile and opened his account on debut at Ballarat. Sent straight to the front by Noel Callow, he was a couple of classes above them in the Bartlett 2YO Plate (1100m).
Elevated straight to the LR Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington, he was still too good against much tougher opposition after firming from $9 into $4.60 favouritism.
“He’s still a baby and it’s always very tough for a 2yo first time down the straight,” Wayne Hawkes said. “I know there’s a Blue Diamond next week but there will be something else for him down the track. We will let the horse do the talking.”
Connections decided to roll the dice in Sydney for the G2 Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill. He was joined in front by Single Bullet and they broke clear for a two-horse war with the winner guaranteed a spot in the Golden Slipper a week later.
Single Bullet edged ahead to score by a short-neck but Ducimus battled back strongly for a very good second. “He ran really well and has got huge potential,” replacement rider Blake Shinn said. “The first time this way and a little bit of inexperience cost him today.”
Snitzel colt Time For War won the 2014 Pago Pago but his stud career was cut short after two books in the Hunter Valley. His unbeaten first-crop colt Time to Reign on the third-line of betting at $15 for this year’s Golden Slipper.
Team Hawkes filly Estijaab won last year’s Golden Slipper which propelled Snitzel to the Australian 2YO title as well at the overall Australian premiership. And his son Sizzling finishing third on the freshman ladder behind Zoustar and Spirit of Boom.
Ducimus is the 8th foal and 8th winner for Beauty World (Danehill Dancer) and her other stakes winners include Hi World (G3 ATC Frank Packer Plate), Lite’n In My Veins (G3 WATC Northerly Stakes) and Loveyamadly (LR MVRC Abell Stakes).
But the dominant feature of his pedigree is a powerful 3m x 3m cross of breed-shaper Danehill (Danzig).
He has five lines of Northern Dancer (Nearctic) in his background, two coming via Danehill and there’s no fewer than seven crosses of celebrated mare Natalma (Native Dancer).
Ducimus will stand for a service fee of $4,400 (inc GST) in 2021 payable on a 45 day positive test with a free return.
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Commenced stud duties in Australia in 2006, Japan in 2007
Champion Australian Sire in 2016-17, 2017-18, second in 2013-14
Leading Australian Sire of 2YOs in 2016-17, 2017-18
Australian Sire (worldwide earnings) in 2017-18
Leading Australian Sire of 3YOs in 2016-17, 2017-18
Leading Australian Sire by Winners 2016-17, 2017-18
Sire of Group 1 winners:
TRAPEZE ARTIST - ATC T J Smith St, ATC Golden Rose St, ATC All Aged St
REDZEL - VRC Darley Classic, BRC Doomben Ten Thousand
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION - ATC Galaxy Hcp, MRC Oakleigh Plate
SHAMUS AWARD - MVRC W S Cox Plate, VRC Australian Guineas
HOT SNITZEL - BTC Cup
SWEET IDEA - ATC Galaxy Hcp
SNITZERLAND - VRC Lightning St
SIZZLING - BRC T J Smith St
ESTIJAAB - ATC Golden Slipper St
WANDJINA - VRC Australian Guineas
SUMMER PASSAGE - NZ Diamond St
HEAVENLY BLUE - South African Classic
INVADER - ATC Sires' Produce St
Sire of 87 stakes winners and 687 winners of 1,994 races (to January 2019)
BEAUTY WORLD (Danehill Dancer). 2 wins at 1000, 1200m, 2d MRC Winlake H. Three-quarter-sister to TUSCAN SLING, Dam of 9 named foals, 8 raced, 8 winners, inc:-
DUCIMUS (Snitzel). 2 wins at 2 at 1100m, $134,600, in 2016-17, VRC Talindert S., L, 2d ATC Pago Pago S., Gr 3, 4th MRC Vain S., Gr 3, MVRC Red Anchor S., Gr 3.
LITE'N IN MY VEINS (Henrythenavigator). 9 wins 1200 to 2040m, $734,615, to 2018-19, WATC Northerly S., Gr 3, Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic, Gr 3, Birthday S., L, SAJC C S Hayes S. L.,
HI WORLD (High Chaparral). 4 wins 1200m to 1600m, $338,125, ATC Carbine Club S., Gr 3, Frank Packer P., Gr 3, 3rd VRC Sofitel H., L
LOVEYAMADLY (Bel Esprit). 6 wins 1000 to 1200m, $319,338, MVRC Abell S., L, VRC Mrs Mac's Beef Pie P., MRC City Of Glen Eira H., MVRC Chandler MacLeod H., 2d MRC Geoffrey Bellmaine S., Gr 3
American Crew (Stratum). 2 wins–1 at 2–at 1300m, $172,800, STC Calmsley Hill City Farm 2YO H., 3d BRC TJ Smith Classic, Gr 1
Where's Wally (Rogano). 5 wins at 1200, 1400m, $106,300, to 2018-19, WATC James Boag's Premium P., 2d WATC Placid Ark S., L
ZIPPAST (Lord Seymour). Unraced. Blood-sister to MARWELL LADY (dam of JESTARELLA BOY), Stage Beau, half-sister to Brielle (dam of MONDANO). Dam of 13 named foals, 12 to race, 11 winners, inc:-
FIRENZA (Kenny's Best Pal). Winner at 2 at 1000m, SAJC Walter Brown S.H., L, 4th SAJC Oaklands P., L. Dam of 6 winners
TUSCAN SLING (Danehill Dancer (Ire)). 7 wins 955 to 1400m, $405,400, MRC Mannerism S., Gr 3, Geoffrey Bellmaine S., Gr 3, Christmas S., L, MVRC Jeep 55 Second Challenge Heat 1 H., 3d MRC Alinghi S., L.
Arrival (Choisir). 2 wins–1 at 2–to 1200m, 2d SAJC Pewsey Vale S., L.
Single View. Unraced. Dam of
KIWIA (Reset). 6 wins 1400 to 2400m, $442,650, to 2017-18, MRC Coongy H., Gr 3, Dream Thoroughbreds H., 2d Bendigo Cup, Gr 3.
Bay | 2014 | Entered stud in 2019
$4,400 (inc. gst) - payable on a 45 day positive test with a free return
9 Starts: 2-2-0 Prizemoney: $161,000
WON LR Talindert Stakes
WON C.E. Bartlett 2YO Maiden Plate
2ND G3 Pago Pago Stakes
2ND Ron Taylor Hcp
4TH G3 Red Anchor Stakes
4TH G3 Vain Stakes