Brendan Wheeler admits that finding a suitable sire for their recently retired superstar Dyna Patty created a headache or two.
The Wheelers have dominated the Australian breeding landscape in recent years through the illustrious deeds of champion stud dogs Fernando Bale, the sire of dual Group 1 winner Dyna Patty, and Barcia Bale.
“We’re the victims of our own success because a lot of the new sires are by our stud dogs so they’re too close for us to use,” Wheeler explained.
“I suppose it’s not a bad problem to have but that’s what we’re dealing with at the moment and probably will be for a few years to come.”
So when it came to selecting Dyna Patty’s first partner the Wheelers turned back the clock.
They chose Roanokee, a November ’94 son of New Tears and Free Method that won 36 of his 53 starts, highlighted by the Melbourne Cup (1997), Brisbane Cup (1996), Ipswich Cup (1996) and Gold Coast Cup (1997).
“We were tearing our hair out and looked at what we had in storage and decided to use Roanokee,” Wheeler said.
“We bred a litter a few years ago by Roanokee out of Darya Bale. They were just a handy litter but they were a very hard-chasing litter. If Dyna Patty’s litter chases like they did they’ll definitely be heading in the right direction.
“The litter included Immen Bale (Group 1 Silver Chief and Group 2 Cranbourne Cup finalist), Giant Bale and Jumbo Bale. They had a bit of size about them too, which is something we wanted with a daughter of Fernando Bale.”
Dyna Patty, which was trained by Andrea Dailly, was retired after she came on season following the Bulli Regional Final of the Million Dollar Chase on September 14.
She was undoubtedly one of the finest females produced by the Wheelers, winning 23 of her 61 starts and accumulating $648,210 in earnings, which sees her occupying 15th place on the all-time Australian prizemoney list.
She was victorious twice at Group 1 level, triumphing in the 2018 Maturity Classic and 2019 Australian Cup, while she also won the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup earlier this year.
Dyna Patty took out Sandown’s Group 3 Bill Collins Speed Star match race series in 2018 and this year won the Speed Star Consolation in an airborne 28.999s, making her the fastest bitch to go around Sandown Park.
“She was probably a bit underrated if you really look at her record,” Brendan said.
“She was a star.
“We’d told the Daillys she would keep going until the Melbourne Cup unless she came on season, which was what we were really waiting for.”