About Gone for Real
The Central Districts is the destination for Gone For Real a proven son of sire of sires Gone West. Gone for Real will take up stud duties at Dallacine Farm on the outskirts of Palmerston North.
A winner of 6 of his 15 lifetime starts in the USA including the Group 3 Royal Palm Handicap, Gone For Real showed his best form on turf over distances around a mile. One of the very first sons of Gone West to go to stud Gone For Real has from very limited opportunity proven to be a remarkable upgrader of mares. Gone For Real is arguably the best son of Gone West at stud in the USA as measured by AEI/CI indices, out performing the likes of Elusive Quality, Mr Greely, Grand Slam and even his own sire Gone West!
Gone For Real hails from a very strong female family, his dam Intently was a stakes winner and descends from one of Federico Tesios great racemares, Tokamura. Like champion sire Volksraad and promising young sire Postponed he is also linebred to Somethingroyal the dam of the immortal Secrateriat. At stud both Volksraad and Postponed have shown an affinity with mares featuring the presence of Sir Tristram in their pedigrees. This is hardly surprising because Sir Ivor the sire of Sir Tristram is by Sir Gaylord a son of Somethingroyal. Given the influence which Sir Tristram has had on New Zealand bloodstock it would seem the most logical country for Gone For Real to stand at stud. Gone For Real also has a pedigree that is free of Northern Dancer influences, a factor which sets him up for success with Danehill line mares that are now so common amongst the local broodmare population.
From only 48 sarters overseas Gone For Real has sired 33 winners including four stakes horses. Gone For Real boasts seventy percent winners to runners and fifty percent 2 year old winners from 2 year old starters. Gone For Real has a good success rate with two year olds with half of his starters winning on debut !