It was very sad last week to hear about the passing of the gun sire Stratum. I have often described Stratum as one of the most underrated and affordable sires having enjoyed great success with his progeny.
The handsome colt first came to my attention when he relegated me to second place in the 2005 Golden Slipper. My filly Fashions Afield couldn’t have been going any better, but Stratum was just too good on the day. I got my revenge the next Saturday in the Sires’ over the future stallion, but it didn’t matter. Stratum, like most colts that win the Slipper, had his stud papers stamped the minute he crossed the line on front of Fashions Afield. We were beaten on the day, but Australia was the winner as a very affordable and quite stylish stallion was now in our midst. Ironically, both Stratum and my filly Fashions Afield were by Redoute’s Choice. Fashions Afield has produced Kiss And Make Up, a Group 2 winner for me last season, while Stratum has produced his own Golden Slipper winner as well as an Oaks winner, Group 1 sprinters at will, and a grey gelding named Divine Calling who I trained to win the Group 2 Stutt Stakes and came agonisingly close in the Caulfield Guineas. The staying mare Queenstown, who won Grafton Cup for me, came courtesy of Stratum.
For a sire to produce a Slipper winner and an Oaks winner indicates the versatility they pass on. I would expect nothing less from a Golden Slipper winner. Look at Sebring – he has brought us Criterion who won a Derby and almost won a Melbourne Cup, as well as Dissident who was unbeatable at 1400m. Both these entires are now at stud themselves. It is only early but like his fellow Slipper winners at stud, Pierro looks as if he will be a huge success. The Golden Slipper is still the best stallion producing race in Australia and I hope in 2017 it is again put front and centre of the Sydney autumn where it should be. And to Antony Thompson and everyone at Widden Stud, the place Stratum has called home for a long time, commiserations. We have indeed lost a great of the industry.
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