A Perfect Broodmare - Parfore
Published: 13 Nov 2014
The name Parfore may not resonate with many, but those involved with Joe Pride's 'band of brothers' Tiger Tees, Terravista and Ball of Muscle have a lot to thank her for.
Parfore is the mare that brought their ownership dream to life, from a Maiden win all the way to Saturday's Group 1 Darley Classic success, with the strongly-built sprinter Terravista.
Delving deeper into the background of Parfore you find that she was the broodmare of successful gallopers even before the recent trio of Pride speedsters. Our Lukas, who won the Ipswich Cup, and Our Boy Lukas were both offspring that raced successfuly in Queensland.
But it was the three Group 1 winners foaled between 2007 and 2009 that are the heart of her legacy. Tiger Tees (Dubawi), Super Easy (Darci Brahma) and now Terravista (Captain Rio) complete an amazing run of breeding success.
In 2010, she foaled a full brother to Tiger Tees who is no slouch too! Saturday's dominant Randwick winner Ball of Muscle.
Super Easy remained an Entire when he was racing and is now a Stallion standing at stud. It wasn't the poor racing attitude that sent others to be gelded, but rather the fact that they are such thick-set and heavy gallopers that needed a lot of work on the track to get them race fit.
The pure power through the middle of Terravista makes him look like an ominous force in the mounting yard, and given the similarities with the conformation of Tiger Tees, it looks like it is the wonder mare Parfore that is responsible for the big engines of her boys. They seem the perfect racehorses, with a very relaxed and professional approach to racing that ensures their physical attributes aren't wasted. Anyone who saw Ball of Muscle fly the barriers on the weekend and Terravista's willingness to take tight gaps in the Darley Classic will agree.
Given they are Geldings, Terravista, Tiger Tees and Ball of Muscle are sure to light up sprint races in Australia for years to come.
And the legacy continues. Jo Pride has a three-quarter relation to Super Easy and there is a two-year-old by Zabeel ready to hit race tracks soon too. With breeding like that, a Melbourne Cup runner might not be beyond her!