Street Cry has become the first shuttle stallion since Danehill to be crowned Australia’s Champion sire following the completion of the 2015/16 racing season. In claiming the title, Street Cry established a new Australian record for progeny earnings in a season, amassing $12,975,554.
It was a stellar season for the Dubai World Cup winner, siring 12 Stakes winners of 22 Stakes races. Street Cry’s headline act was star mare Winx who was undefeated in her seven starts for the season. Among her victories were five at the elite level, including the G1 Cox Plate, G1 Epsom Handicap and G1 Doncaster Handicap. Bred by John Camilleri, Winx will chase consecutive Cox Plate victories this spring.
G1 Thousand Guineas winner Stay With Me was the other daughter of Street Cry to taste success at the highest level during the past season. Bred by Arrowfield Stud, Stay With Me is out of Champion mare Miss Finland, who herself claimed the Thousand Guineas in a career that yielded five G1 victories.
G2 Wakeful Stakes winner Ambience, who was second in the G1 ATC Oaks, G1 Queensland Oaks and third in the G1 VRC Oaks was another start performer for Street Cry throughout the season, as were G2 winners Tally and Solicit.
Alastair Pulford, Head of Sales for Darley Stallions in Australia said, “The pleasing thing from our perspective is that Street Cry is the third Champion sire that Sheikh Mohammed has owned in the past six years. There was Lonhro, then Exceed And Excel and now Street Cry, so that is particularly pleasing and no other stud can boast that, so that is something we are very proud of.
“Street Cry was an amazing horse. He was bred in Ireland by Sheikh Mohammed and he raced in America and he raced in Dubai, went to stud in Australia and in America and became a leading sire in both countries. We now have Street Cry’s record-breaking son Street Boss standing at Northwood Park and doing great things while we have incredibly high hopes for his brilliant grandson Hallowed Crown who will cover his second book of mares at Kelvinside this spring.”
Lonhro enjoyed another terrific season with his G1-winning son Exosphere helping him to progeny earnings of over $9.2 million and fifth place on the prizemoney table while Exceed And Excel with 11 individual Stakes winners for the season was placed fifth on the leading sire by Stakes winners table.