Macca Lodge to stand En Solitaire
By Jonny Turner
Northern Southland stud Macca Lodge will attempt to continue their squaregaiting success by standing En Solitaire in the spring breeding season.
The sire will offer the only opportunity in New Zealand for breeders to send their mares to a son of champion French sire Ready Cash.
The decision to take on a stallion with En Solitaire’s bloodlines was an easy one, studmaster, Brent McIntyre said.
“With bloodlines like that I couldn’t say no.”
“He's by Ready Cash out of a Love You mare and that is the golden cross up there in Europe.”
“Bold Eagle is bred on that cross and he is the best trotter up there.”
Bold Eagle is the rockstar of the French trotting having won 44 of his 64 stars.
The champion squaregaiter has won an incredible 16 group 1 races and banked over €4,500,000 in earnings.
Injury prevented En Solitaire from making a mark on the racetrack.
He was then secured by Australasian trotting stud, Haras de Trotters, which Macca Lodge stand the sire on behalf of.
En Solitaire will stand for a fee of $1500.
Breeders who wish utilise his pay on live foal option can do so at a $2000 fee.
McIntyre said he was hopeful southern breeders would take advantage of En Solitaire’s relatively affordable price tag.
“He is a beautiful looking horse.”
“And he is priced right to meet the market, so hopefully a few trotting breeders will be willing to give him a crack.”
En Solitaire joins Net Ten EOM and Franco Ledger in the siring ranks at Macca Lodge.
The French sire’s arrival follows the departure of a talented trotter from the Northern Southland stud.
Cuchulainn left McIntyre’s stable after being purchased by Victorian owners Merv and Meg Butterworth.
The 4yr-old impressed when producing two wins and three second placings from six starts this season.
Cuchulainn is not the only departure from Macca Lodge.
Stable junior driver Maruia Parker is set to leave the organisation to move to the North Island.
That has McIntyre searching for a capable and experienced horseperson to fill her position.
The trainer said he was keen to hear from anyone with the skills to work in a stud and stables.