Celebrated mare The Opera House has continued to stamp her progeny, this time producing a little white knight at Windsor Park Stud.
The daughter of Zabeel passed on her own rare pigmentation when she delivered a filly by High Chaparral last year and in the early hours of Friday morning she produced another white foal by the Cambridge farm’s resident sire Shamexpress.
“There’s apparently a 50-50 chance of it happening,” Windsor Park’s Steve Till said. “It’s amazing really and he’s a very well-conformed colt.
“It’s not surprising as the mare is a good type and she came through the foaling well. We’ll be sending her to our new horse Charm Spirit next.”
The Opera House became one of the few registered white thoroughbreds in the world when she was born at Cambridge Stud in 2006.
She was subsequently the first of her colour to be sold at auction in Australia and was purchased by high-profile entrepreneur John Singleton for $A270,000 in 2008.
The Opera House raced nine time from Kris Lees’ stable for a win and five placings and on retirement she was bought by Windsor Park, who know her pedigree intimately as she is a three-quarter sister to their home-bred champion Might And Power.
“Nelson (Schick) bought Benediction years ago at a Tattersalls sale in England, she was also from a branch of Star Way’s family, and she produced Might And Power for us and a Group Three winner (Matter of Honour) by Casual Lies,” Till said.
The Opera House’s chestnut colt by Pluck was sold to Hong Kong at last year’s NZB National Yearling Sale for $50,000 and interest will be guaranteed when her white High Chaparral filly enters the Karaka ring next January.