Grand circuit contender District Attorney was a handsome yearling.

It has been a massive few weeks for prominent breeder Jake Stockton with the resurgence of open class pacer District Attorney and the announcement of his new stallion Father Nuno, a full brother to supersire Captaintreacherous.

Stockton bred District Attorney and sold him at the APG Melbourne Yearling sale in 2020. The horse proved he was a genuine top line campaigner when he beat superstar pacer Leap To Fame in the Group 3 Patrons Purse at Redcliffe on June 21.

District Attorney came off Leap To Fame’s back and sprinted his final 400m in 26.8 seconds (800m in 54.3sec) after winning the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown for new trainer Jason Grimson and reinsman Jack Callaghan at his previous start.

“To see him go two for two for Jason Grimson – and to beat Leap To Fame, who is arguably the best horse in the world at the moment – was a real a thrill for us,” Stockton said.

“We sold him as a yearling for $122,000, which was a record for his sire Courage Under Fire.

“He showed he was up to the best as a three-year-old but it will be a real achievement if he can break through on the grand circuit over the next twelve months.

“We have a yearling half sister to him by Tintin In America who will go through the sales next year.”

Stockton is also excited about the arrival of Wingate Farm’s newest sire prospect Father Nuno, who is a “dead ringer” for his illustrious brother Captaintreacherous.

He bought the six-year-old stallion to stand alongside resident stallions Be Happy Mach and Tintin In America in NSW this season.

“This stallion will give commercial breeders, and those who breed to race, access to the best bloodlines in the world at a reasonable price,” Stockton said.

“Father Nuno is a magnificent individual. He was a $360,000 yearling, so we know his conformation is spot on.

“He stands 16.2 hands and was an exceptional two-year-old.

“He won his debut (in a $60,000 leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes) and came from last in the $400,000 Governor’s Cup, finishing second to Papi Rob Hanover and beating home Cattlewash.

“He was on his way up as a late two-year-old but sustained an injury which kept him out for his entire three-year-old season.

“He finished his career with 15 wins, $352,000 in stakes and a 1.50.4 milerate. He was race-timed in 1.48.3 and ran some blistering final 400m in his wins, so we know he has the speed.

“And he is a full brother to Captaintreacherous, who won $3 million in stakes and is dominating sires lists throughout the world.”

Stockton said Father Nuno would stand for $3000 and there would be discounts for breeders who book multiple mares.

“We believe he is a commercial sire. He is an imposing stallion from the best family in the world and we will support him with 15 of our best mares,” Stockton said.

“He has five foals on the ground from five mares bred last season in the US, so we know he is potent.

“He is not subject to the stallion tax and I am happy to discuss discounts with eligible breeders, because we want him to get strong support this year.”

Father Nuno will arrive in Australia in August.

Hoofnote:

District Attorney is bred to be a star. He is by Courage Under Fire from Life Sign mare Crown Defender, who has left six winners – including million dollar earner Cruz Bromac.

Crown Defender is out of American-bred mare Classic Blue Jeans (Camluck), who produced $300K earner Attorney General and three $100K winners.

District Attorney won his first two starts as a two-year-old and finished second in the Tasmania Derby and the APG Victorian Gold Bullion final as a three-year-old.