Ozy Cruise m2s
By Cruising x Ozymandias xx x Nordlys xx.
Born 1998. Sold 2009
Registered by the Irish Sport Horse Studbook.
Ozy Cruise m2s combines the most interesting modern and classic Irish bloodlines. In 2003 she had a filly by Ekstein, named Winona O m2s, that was sold to the USA in 2006 for sport and breeding in foal to Condios; Winona O m2s was winning at 1.10 m. in the USA in 2009. In 2005 Ozy Cruise m2s produced a colt by Ulysses m2s, named Amandla m2s, that was sold as a two-year-old to Irish national champion rider Catherine Thornton. In 2006 Ozy Cruise m2s had a filly by Ekstein, named Bijin m2s, that was sold to the USA for sport and breeding. In 2007 Ozy Cruise m2s produced a filly by Wang Chung m2s, named Cantopop m2s, that was sold to Uruguay. In 2008 she produced a colt foal by Condios, named Dekalog m2s, that was sold to an Irish eventing rider. In 2009 Ozy Cruise m2s produced a filly by Desir du Chateau, named Afropop m2s, that was sold as a foal and exported to Germany.
Sire: Cruising was a world-class international showjumper who won numerous Nations Cups under Trevor Coyle and capped his career with a victory at the greatest Grand Prix of all, Aachen. Cruising is also a world-class sire, being ranked by the WBFSH as the world's 45th best sire in 2000. Among his international progeny are two mares that are consistent performers on Ireland's Nation Cup team: Rincoola Abu and Cruiseway.
Dam: Ozy Jane was a daughter of the legendary Irish thoroughbred Ozymandias xx and grand-daughter of the equally legendary thoroughbred Nordlys xx, the sire of Cruising's dam as well. Hence, the blood of Nordlys flows through Ozy Cruise via both her sire and her dam. Because of these very rare and valuable bloodlines Ozy Jane was recruited into the Irish Sport Horse Developments organization and bred using embryo transfer techniques; Ozy Cruise is one of the products of this initiative. Ozymandias xx was the sire of very good international showjumpers including David Broome's horse Heatwave (aka Tabac Original) and John Whitaker's Ryan's Son. Ozymandias' sire line traces back to two important thoroughbred foundation sires, Cyllene xx and St. Simon xx. Both have interesting stories to tell. In 1908 Cyllene was purchased for 37,000 Guineas by the Argentinian stud Haras Ojo de Agua after the stallion won the English Ascot Gold Cup. After the purchase and export to Argentina, it became clear that Cyllene was a world-class sire. Cyllene sired four English Derby winners, and was the leading British sire in 1909, 1910, 1912, and 1921. Cyllene also sired three Argentina Derby winners. But Cyllene became best know as "the horse without a price" after the English Government sent a blank cheque to his new owners in Argentina and asked them to fill in any price for the stallion. The cheque was returned to the English, but not before the owner had inscribed on the cheque: "Cyllene has no price." The other important stallion in Ozymandias' pedigree is St. Simon, one of the most influential thoroughbred sires of all time. In the words of one authority, "Standing 16.1 hands, many considered St. Simon to have flawless conformation, however, he was noted for his highly strung temperment. He was unbeaten as a racehorse, his ten victories spanning five furlongs to two miles and five furlongs, with none causing him to really extend himself. He won the Ascot Gold Cup (2 1-2 miles) by twenty lengths, with so much left he went another mile before he would consent to being pulled up. He retired to stud at four years of age, completely sound, first at Matthew Dawson's Heath Farm, and later at the Duke's Welbeck Stud. At stud he was Champion Sire nine times and Champion Broodmare Sire six times. The number of his offspring successful at racing or stud was enormous, and includes Derby winners Persimmon and Diamond Jubilee, both from Perdita 2nd, and Oaks winners La Fleche and her full sister Memoir, Mrs. Butterwick, Amiable, and La Roche. Other influential offspring include St. Frusquin, St. Serf, Florizel 2nd , Chaucer, Desmond, William The Third and Rabelais...St. Simon died at Welbeck in 1908. His skeleton belongs to the British Museum of Natural History, and his hide is preserved at Welbeck." (Source: www.bloodlines.net) Ozymandias' dam, Statuette, was by the legendary Nearco, winner of 14 races in 14 starts and probably the best thoroughbred racing sire in the first half of the 20th century. Nordlys xx is a legend in Irish showjumping breeding. He sired many international Grand Prix horses including Ambassador (winner of the 1972 Olympic Individual Gold and Team Silver medals), Gone Away, Kwept, Nordel, Kingsize, Mullacrew (international Grand Prix mare that is the dam of Cruising), Nordoff, Norvic, Maigh Cuilinn, Lough Crew, and many more. It is also interesting that the sire of Nordlys, Nasrullah, is also by Nearco. Nasrullah was the Champion 2-year-old colt in England and six times he was the leading sire. Nasrullah also sired 15 thoroughbred racing champions. Ozy Jane was in the Irish Sport Horse Developments embryo transfer programme and produced three foals, the last one being Ozy Cruise.