Melbourne Cup Winner's Thunderous Start At Stud

EXACTLY three years ago, Ray Borda was gearing up for a tilt at the Group 1 TAB Melbourne Cup with his phenomenal race dog Aston Dee Bee.

David Brasch

24 November 2020

EXACTLY three years ago, Ray Borda was gearing up for a tilt at the Group 1 TAB Melbourne Cup with his phenomenal race dog Aston Dee Bee.

It would be the son of Barcia Bale and Aston Elle’s crowning glory among a racing career of great achievements.

These days though Ray is celebrating the early success at stud of his Melbourne Cup winner Aston Dee Bee – success that shows no signs of abating.

“It is very, very early in his stud career so there is much, much more to come from his pups but it’s been a remarkable start,” said Ray.

“But one thing that is obvious from those on the track already, and those being educated now, is that they possess two excellent assets.

“One is their early pace, and the other is their chase.”

Aston Dee Bee is already number 26 on the list of leading stud dogs in Australia with the winners of 366 races and $712,000 in stakes, a fabulous early start to his stud career.

But Borda is quick to point out his winners-to-runners percentage is 24 percent, the highest of any of the top 50 stud dogs in the country.

“Yes, he’s already climbing up the stud dog list,” said Ray.

“When breeders map out a program for their broodbitches, obviously one of the greatest requirements is also to get those pups to the racetrack.

“That is exactly what we are finding with the Aston Dee Bee pups. He is very dominant in the way he stamps his pups.

“He throws size, pace and chase.”

Leading the charge is Zipping Moose, recent winner of the Million Dollar Chase Maiden series (520m) at Wentworth Park.

And on Tuesday his son Wynburn Sheean was a ripping winner of the Group 3 Devonport Chase Final (452m) in a race where his brother Highland Fame finished third.

Ironically, Aston Pilsner, owned by Borda and trained by Paul Abela, split the pair finishing second.

Borda is also bullish about the stud chances of Aston Kimetto (KC And All-Sweet It Is) whose first progeny are about to start education.

“I am so keen on his chances at stud – I have 20 litters by him,” said Ray.

“Everything I hear about the pups being reared is that they are tough individuals.”

Whoever wins the Group 1 Melbourne Cup final this week will add its name to the honour list, a list that includes superstar Aston Dee Bee.

And, in the not too distant future, Ray Borda expects one of his offspring to follow in their footsteps.