Time Called On Sennachie's Stellar Career

TRAINER Steve White has announced champion sprinter Sennachie has been retired to stud, the son of Fernando Bale to stand at $2,500.

David Brasch

13 February 2020

  • CHAMPION sprinter Sennachie has been retired to stud.

Trainer Steve White made the announcement today that the son of Fernando Bale and Rhonda Rocks by Kinloch Brae would enter the stud world at a service fee of $2500.

The absence of Sennachie from both the Group 1 Temlee and the nominations for the Group 1 Australian Cup had given rise in recent days that retirement was imminent for the dog.

“We had virtually made the decision to go to stud after he swept away that great field in the Group 1 Gold Bullion at Albion Park but first we wanted to get the DNA done and have his semen tested,” said Steve.

“The semen is fabulous.”

White said his phone had been ringing non-stop in recent months with broodbitch owners requesting to use the great dog.

Sennachie goes to stud with a record of 32 starts for 18 wins and eight placings and earnings of $701,450.

He has been a sensational race dog from the moment he set foot on the track.

He holds the Albion Park track record at 29.38 but has also won there in 29.39 and 29.41, the three fastest times ever recorded at the track.

He is the multiple Group 1 winner of the Maturity (Meadows 29.53), Brisbane Cup and Gold Bullion, but also won the Group 2 Queensland Derby (Albion Park 29.53), Group 3 Golden Ticket (Alb Pk 29.39) and the Launching Pad Consolation.

He was second in the Group 1 Silver Chief and the Group 2 Speed Star 515m, and third in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup and a finalist in the Group 1 Topgun (falling heavily) and $100,000 Group 3 Flying Amy Classic (looming up to win when knocked down). 

By champion race dog and sire Fernando Bale, his dam Rhonda Rocks was a 29.89 winner at Angle Park and a litter sister to Angie Rocks (2nd G1 Sapphire Crown, G3 SA Oaks etc, 13 wins, $114,000), Jaycee (19 wins, $80,000) and a half sister to Trixta Rox (finalist G1 Maturity and G2 Launching Pad). 

Sennachie is from a fabulous litter of nine named offspring all of them winners that also includes the very fast Alfieri (Murray Bridge TR), Bailey Rocks, Gwydion (Group 1 finalist) and Red Rock (Group 3 finalist).

White said the past few weeks had been busy with Sennachie and the stud plans.

“For obvious reasons we have had to keep everything quiet until we got his DNA done and most importantly his semen tested,” he said.

“I can report those tests show him to be hugely fertile.

“But there will be a few restrictions on his use at the moment. We won’t be ready to send semen out for another few weeks and initially we want those to be restricted to bitches that are actually on season.”

Sennachie is raced in partnership by South Australians Kirin Corby and Bill Wudarczyk.

“Kirin and Bill have been fabulous during his entire race career and they are really looking forward to him being a successful stud dog,” said Steve.

“He has everything going for him.

“The number of enquiries I have received to use the dog is incredible.”