Primus (AUS)


  • Bay horse 2002 16hh
  • By Flying Spur (AUS), from Copa De Oro (AUS).
  • Group 1 performed stallion
  • Standing at Chatswood Stud Victoria for $6,600 inc GST




Primus Tramway_2 Primus has all the desirable traits of a Thoroughbred stallion; Performance, Pedigree, Speed, Type and Temperament.
Trained by leading Randwick mentor John O’Shea, Primus raced into prominence in his first preparation.

John had every confidence in his ability to perform as a stallion;
“He is an amazing type, with a great turn of foot. He’s also a very sound horse, and most importantly for him, he has got an amazing pedigree” said O’Shea.

Primus was a Group 3 winner and was consistently placed in no less than three Group 1 races and two Group 2’s. 

Primus’ Group 3 victory in the Tramway Handicap at Randwick saw him beating home STORMHILL, FLAMING, and Group 1 winners PATEZZA and MNEMOSYNE, franking his form as a top line stallion prospect.

Primus hails from the all conquering Denise’s Joy family which also includes champion mare MORE JOYOUS as well as 2010/11 champion sire of New Zealand, THORN PARK.

From limited runners Primus is already the sire of promising Apollo Creed, already a city winning 2yo at Flemington and regarded as a very likely 3yo spring classic contender by his astute trainer John McArdle.
Primus stands in 2011 at Chatswood Stud Victoria at $5,500 (inc GST)

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Career Performance::

Career Performance

PRIMUS. 17 Starts. 4-1-5 $524,780.

Won Kensington Tramway Quality [G3] (1400 m.), Randwick Show County Quality [L] (1200 m.), Ming Dynasty Quality H. [L] (1400 m.), Canterbury 3 YO Colts and Geldings Class 3 H. (1100 m.). 2d Randwick Stan Fox S. [G2] . 3d Randwick Canterbury Guineas [G1] , Rosehill Rosehill Guineas [G1] , Caulfield Caulfield Guineas [G1] , Rosehill Expressway S. [G2] , Canterbury 3 YO Colts and Geldings Class 3 H. 4th Randwick Australian Derby [G1] , Rosehill Apollo S. [G2] .

Primus Gallop_2 Primus started his race career a day after turning three with a win in a Class 3 at Canterbury, beating Speedy Duke and Longhorn.

He then went on to place third in another Class 3 race at Canterbury two weeks later.

Primus then stepped out in the Listed Ming Dynasty Quality at just his third start and had to contend with the outside barrier. The colt kicked away topping the rise, recording a 1 1/2 length victory over REPLICATOR and MANTON. Finishing fifth was subsequent Spring Champion Stakes winner HOTEL GRAND.

At his fourth start, Primus ran 2nd in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes, beaten a length by the more experienced PARATROOPERS. John was philosophical;
“If you go back to the Ming Dynasty, he beat Manton and Hotel Grand easily”, O’Shea said, “Paratroopers just has experience over us”.

Primus’ fifth start in the Group One Caulfield Guineas was marred by interference and a wide berth throughout the race. Despite the less than ideal run, Primus charged home in the straight to finish third in a field of horses that included STRATUM, SILENT ECHO, APACHE CAT and GOD’s OWN.

Trainer John O’Shea was thrilled with the colt’s performance.
“Under the circumstances, it was a massive run,” O’Shea said. “He couldn’t have done anymore after the interference”.

During his 3 yr old career Primus went on to run luckless 3rds in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes, Group 1 Randwick Guineas, the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and a fourth in the AJC Derby. Many good judges were saying that he was the best 3yo colt in the country.

Primus came back into the stable during the Spring as a 4yo, and after blowing them away at his barrier trial, he won the Listed Show County Quality over 1200m at Randwick on August 26, beating home Resistor, Malcolm, Dream Ballad and Doncaster Handicap winner, Patezza.

During the same preparation he scored his first Group 3 victory in the Tramway Handicap at Randwick, beating home STORMHILL, FLAMING, and Group 1 winners PATEZZA and MNEMOSYNE, franking his form as a top line stallion prospect.



Primus Conformation_2 Primus has the classic lines of the natural athlete; strong sloping shoulder, powerful hindquarter and good bone are complimented by a good length of rein and correct limb formation. He has let down into a magnificent individual of notable strength and character.

His popularity with breeders in 2007 and 2008 attests to this stallion’s impressive physical form and consistent performance record.




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By FLYING SPUR (AUS) (B. 1992 – Stud NH:1997, SH:1996) Stakes-winner; won 6 races and $2,085,843 inc. VRC Australian Guineas [G1], AJC All-Aged S. [G1]; sire of 64 SWs (10 G1) inc. Forensics, Mentality, Juanmo, Firebolt, Casino Prince, Magnus, San Luis, Sleek Chassis, All Time High, Dealer Principal, Wager, Flying Babe, Jet Spur, Ponton Flyer, Blur, Spurn, Steenberg, Velasco, Astrodame, Spuruson, Trezevant, Shaft, Krupt, French Braids, etc.

Additional Pedigree Notes

Primus is out of Hector Protector mare Copa de Oro, a member of the famed Denise’s Joy family. Copa de Oro is a half sister to juvenile stakes winner Miss Minden, who is the dam of Queensland Oaks winner Miss Danehill, as well as multiple stakes winner Pentastic.

Primus’ third dam is champion filly Denise’s Joy. Denise’s Joy won the VRC Oaks, the QTC Oaks and the WATC Derby. Although she only managed to produce one Group 1 winner at stud, she has left behind a destiny that will live on for generations. The family has produced stakes winners of the calibre of Joie Denise, Sunday Joy, Thorn Park and Arlington Road.

In addition to Primus, the family is also being ably represented by the stakes placed VRC Oaks aspirant Mary Marvel.



primus-dancing-queen-08-colt_2primus-cinnamon-splendor-08-colt_2 Primus stood his first season at Chatswood Stud in Victoria in 2007 and received over 120 mares despite the devastating effects of travel restrictions imposed by the Equine Influenza outbreak. 2008

Primus’ first foals arrived in 2008 and are stunning individuls that have largely inherited his kind temperament.



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