Giant's Steps Overview
Victoria's Ridgeview Stud (just 30km north-east of Bendigo in the thoroughbred heart of the state) has a dynamic new acquisition to its already exciting stallion brigade this season.
Joining the triple stakes-producing son of Red Ransom in Onemorenomore is Giant's Steps, an exceptional grandson of breed-shaping sire Storm Cat. By European Horse of the Year and Champion GB/Irish 3YO Colt Giant's Causeway, Giant's Steps offers a world class top line. Not only was Giant's Causeway a 6-time Gr1 winners and one of the best gallopers of the past two decades, but his sons have also proven successful in the sire barn. Certainly, the Darley-owned Shamardal is the highlight in this discussion with the Champion European 2YO already the sire of 20 individual Gr1 winners. Add to that elite gallopers the ilk of Able Friend, Dan Excel, Pakistan Star, Lope de Vega (also an exceptional sire), Faint Perfume and Puissance de Lune.
The distaff line of Giant's Steps is also laden with black type. Dam Hamsaat High Haat (by Gr1 winning sire Hennessy) is a half-sister to French/US stakes winner Cristobal. Meanwhile, 3rd dam Sacahuista was simply exceptional from 1200m to 2000m, winning the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Distaff and two further Gr1s. Her son Ekraar was also a Gr1 winner and elite sire, his 4 Gr1 winners including the freakish Habibi and fellow NZ top liners Shez Sensational, Ekstreme and Rising Romance. Another highly proven sire from this family is Hussonet (sire of 6 individual Gr1 winners in Australia).
Gr1-placed at 2, Giant's Steps is the only Storm Cat line stallion in Victoria who was a Champion 3YO Colt (ON TURF).
In fact, Giant's Steps is the only stallion from the Storm Cat line at stud in Victoria who won a Group 1 as a 3YO and the only Storm Cat-line stallion at stud in Australia to win 2 Gr1 contests as a 3YO. As a Gr1 winner at 3 he is in the same bracket as the highly touted Coolmore-owned Caravaggio.
Of definite additional interest is that recent US Triple Crown winner Justify also hails from the Storm Cat sireline which is the the perfect outcross for the plethora of Danehill line mares in the studbook. This cross has yielded 56 stakes-winners to date (including 11 Gr1 winners).
In a nutshell, Giant's Steps has it all. He offers the quintessential triple requirement for a young stallion - Performance, Pedigree and Physique. Add price for good measure, with his introductory freshman fee set at only $5,500 inc GST.
Giant's Steps Pedigree
|GIANTS CAUSEWAY (USA)|
|STORM CAT (USA)|
|STORM BIRD |
|MARIAH'S STORM (USA)|
|HAMSAAT HI HAAT (USA)|
|STORM CAT |
|ISLAND KITTY |
|NALEES FLYING FLAG|
Giant's Steps News
Top Sires to Star in National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock SaleTue, 2 May 2017
New Zealand Bloodstock's upcoming National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will feature an outstanding range of proven and up-and-coming sires, both in the weanling category and among the covering sires of the broodmares. Waikato Stud's champion sire Savabeel swept all before him last season, topping the New Zealand sires' premiership and completing a clean sweep of all three of the country's stallion awards. There are four Savabeel weanlings catalogued for the Sale, including a colt out of the multiple stakes winner Avisto (Lot 30). There are also six broodmares by Savabeel. Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Iffraaj has had a year to remember, siring Gr1 New Zealand Derby & Gr1 Rosehill Guineas winner Gingernuts and Gr1 Australian Derby winner Jon Snow. This year's Sale features six Iffraaj weanlings and five broodmares, while another broodmare is in foal to the red-hot stallion. The other stallions in New Zealand's top five this season – Darci Brahma, Tavistock and Pins – will also play a significant role with five, seven and eleven weanlings in the catalogue respectively. Pins has 21 horses catalogued for the Sale, which is the equal most alongside the Rich Hill Stud pair of Jimmy Choux and Proisir, while Rock 'N' Pop has the most broodmares in foal to him in the catalogue with 12, one more than El Roca. The catalogue also features the first weanling crops of an exciting group of new stallions – New Zealand-based Charm Spirit, El Roca, Proisir, Sacred Falls, Giant's Steps and the late Atlante, and Australians Deep Field, Shooting To Win and Wandjina. NZB's National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will be held at Karaka on 8 and 9 May, with the broodmares selling on the second day from Lot 324. Click here to view the catalogue.
Sabor A Triunfo Wins Chile Gr1 Latinoamericano FalabellaTue, 19 Mar 2013
At Hipodromo Chile, 3YO filly Sabor A Triunfo (Dance Brightly-Sally Mash, by Mash One) scored by 5-lengths for trainer A.Aguado in the Gr1 Latinoamericano Falabella (2000m) for 3YOs+ on dirt, over 3YO colts Energia Eros (Point Given-Super Eletric, by Choctaw Ridge) & Giant's Steps (Giant's Causeway-Hamsaat Hi Haat, by Hennessy). Sabor A Triunfo took her record to 3 wins (including Gr2 Clasico Independencia over 1800m in October 2012) & 8 placings (including last start 3rd in Gr1 Clasico El Derby as well as runner-up in 2012's Gr1 Clasico Alberto Solari Magnasco, Gr1 Clasico Mil Guineas & Gr1 Clasico Tanteo de Potrancas) from 12 starts.
Giant's Steps Wins Gr1 Chile Clasico El EnsayoTue, 6 Nov 2012
At Club Hipico de Santiago in Chile, former shuttler and 6-time Gr1 winner Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) added a Gr1 success when the colt Giant's Steps (Giant's Causeway-Hamsaat Hi Haat, by Hennessy) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer Patricio Baeza in the Gr1 Premio El Ensayo Mega (2400m) for 3YO colts and fillies on turf, over fellow colts El Faraon (Dushyantor-Mirza, by Fappavalley) & Flaco Simpatico (Fusaichi Pegasus-Whinny, by Stuka). Giant's Steps took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Clasico Polla de Potrillos in September) & 2 placings (including 2nd in the Gr1 Clasico Nacional Ricardo Lyon at his previous start and 3rd in the Gr1 Clasico Alberto Vial Infante last season at 2) from 6 starts.
- Mon, 8 Oct 2012
In Chile, the colt Califat (Until Sundown-Clear Water, by Dushyantor) scored a 0.5-length victory for trainer Jorge Inda in the Gr1 Clásico Nacional Ricardo Lyon (2000m) for 3YOs on turf at Club Hipico de Santiago, over fellow colts Giant's Steps (Giant's Causeway-Hamsaat Hi Haat, by Hennessy) & Flaco Simpático (Fusaichi Pegasus-Whinny, by Stuka II). Bred in Chile by Haras Matancilla, Califat is the first foal out of the Dushyantor mare Clear Water, with both 2nd & 3rd dams Gr1 winners. According to elturf.com, unfancied Califat "is likely to start next in the El Ensayo (Gr.1), the first leg of Chile's national Triple Crown on November 2."
Giant's Causeway Adds Chile Gr1Wed, 5 Sep 2012
Also at Club Hipico de Santiago in Chile, former shuttler Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when the colt Giant's Steps (Giant's Causeway-Hamsaat Hi Haat, by Hennessy) scored by 1-length for trainer Patricio Baeza in the Gr1 Premio Polla De Potrillos (1700m) for 3YO colts and geldings on turf, over fellow colts Flaco Simpatico (Fusaichi Pegasus-Whinny, by Stuka) & Don Dionisio (Pyrus-Little Italy, by Roy). Gr1-placed at his previous start (in the Clasico Alberto Vial Infante for 2YOs), Giant's Steps took his record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts.
Demuestrame Wins Chile Gr1 Alberto Vial InfanteWed, 27 Jun 2012
Juvenile colt Demuestrame (Stuka II-Demagogica, by Special Quest) blitzed his rivals by 6.75-lengths in the Gr1 Clasico Alberto Vial Infante (1600m) for 2YO males at Club Hipico de Santiago. Demuestrame (trained by Patricio Baeza) defeated fellow colts Vitorio Andolini (War Chant-Anaby, by Volkonsky) & Giant's Steps (Giant's Causeway-Hamsaat Hi Haat, by Hennessy). Demuestrame took his record to3 wins & a placing from 5 starts.