Time Test to shuttle to New Zealand’s Little Avondale Stud

Time Test: “He has a wonderful pedigree by a champion sire and from a very strong female line. He is an impressive, athletic individual," says Little Avondale principal Sam Williams. Photo: Amy Lanigan

Time Test, who was purchased by the Jockey Club in Britain at the end of his racing career from Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, is set to take up stud duties at Little Avondale Stud in New Zealand following the purchase of his Southern Hemisphere rights by the National Stud in Newmarket.

National Stud Chairman Guy Roxburghe said, “We are hugely excited to be teaming up with New Zealand’s longest established stallion stud to offer Time Test to breeders there. His first season at stud here in England [at the National Stud] has been a great success and we really couldn’t have wished for a stronger list of breeding right supporters, all of whom have sent him some really wonderful mares.”

By Dubawi out of G1-winning 2-year-old Passage Of Time, Time Test was himself a winner at two who went on to win the 2015 G3 Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot in track record time. Also a winner twice at G2 level and multiple G1-placed, his trainer Roger Charlton summed up his career by saying, “Time Test blew away the opposition at Royal Ascot as a 3-year-old when he looked like a real Group 1 horse. Speed and acceleration were his main assets.”

Little Avondale principal Sam Williams said, “We are extremely proud and excited to be standing Time Test here at Little Avondale. It has been over four decades since we stood the English-bred Oncidium, who won the Coronation Cup and went on to become New Zealand’s champion sire.

“Time Test has a wonderful pedigree by a champion sire and from a very strong female line. He is an impressive, athletic individual with a very kind eye.

“However, it was his performance on the track that really caught my attention. He had a unique toughness and a super turn of foot. It is these credentials that Time Test brings with him that will appeal to New Zealand breeders.”

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