Ronnie’s Girl became the latest galloper to notch a mark in the win column for the fruitful triumvirate of the Crowe family, their stallion Xaardante and Albury trainer Brett Cavanough.
Ronnie’s Girl easily won a maiden over 1020m at Tumbarumba at the mountain racing club’s cup day earlier this month to become the 10th winner for Xaardante’s progeny.
In a prolific strike rate, Xaardante has now sired six race-starters, all aged between three and five, and four gallopers have already notched victories.
Another Rush (four-year-old gelding out of Royal Rush), which will return from a spell to compete in the Country Championships on February 27, has won his last three races.
In just eight starts, he’s been first past the post four times and placed in another.
Then there’s Miss Mellencamp (four-year-old bay mare out of Camp Dawn) who has three wins to her name, and the promising Ruark (three-year-old gelding out of Bin Camp) has already notched a couple of victories to go with two seconds in five starts.
The success rate could easily have been even better: four-year-old filly Amaradante (out of Amareche) has run into second via photo-finishes twice in her four-race career.
The sixth Xaardante galloper, Gidgee Boy (three-year-old gelding, out of Sleepthonius) has had only the one start last December, before being sent back to the paddock.
Xaardante, by Xaar out of Danehill mare Pedante, was purchased by Paul Crowe at the 2006 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.
Paul, who has been in the racing game for some 50 years as an owner and breeder, has probably never had a better galloper than Xaardante.
Xaardante was syndicated among friends, winning in the city at Warwick Farm and placing in a Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas in an 18-race career that brought in over $100,000.
Retired in 2009, Xaardante’s mild mannered temperament was a key factor in the Crowe family’s decision to retain the horse as a sire.
“I’m not sure you’d get on him, but for a stallion he’s very quiet,” Michael Crowe, Paul’s son, and the president of the Gundagai-Adelong Racing Club, said.
“He’s one of the family.”
Only mares sourced by Crowes go to Xaardante at this stage and there’s no plan to open the stallion up to outside parties.
There’s a range of Xaardante horses yet to hit the track, ranging from foals through to yearlings, and the Crowes are hoping Xaardante will help provide some more fond racing memories in the years to come.