Stallion Stars of 2011/2012   Leave a comment

Stallion Stars of 2011/2012

Tara Madgwick – Wednesday, 1 August 2012

 

August 1 means the start of a new racing season in Australia so we’ve decided to review the sire tables for the season that was and hopefully offer some insight for the future.

Riding the crest of a massive wave in 2011/2012, Coolmore heavyweight Fastnet Rock has finished the season as Champion Australian sire by earnings and stakes-winners with 130 winners of $12.6 million in prizemoney.

Fastnet Rock  set a new seasonal prizemoney record for a stallion in Australia with a stellar list of superior progeny headed by 16 stakes-winners including four-time Group I winner Mosheen, dual Group I winners Atlantic Jewel and Sea Siren as well as top class colt Group I winning colt Foxwedge, not to mention his New Zealand based Group I winners Planet Rock and Rock ‘n’ Pop, who is now being trained in Australia by Gai Waterhouse.

Driving his success were his three year-olds which accounted for $7.4 million of his total earnings, while his 15 two year-old winners of $2.5 million in prizemoney gave the promise of big things to come in the new season ahead.

An interesting statistic for Fastnet Rock is that even though his 130 individual winners put him fourth on the leading sires by individual winners list, those 130 winners generated 231 wins which was 15 more wins than any other sire including those with more winners.

In other words, his progeny are more likely to win multiple races which is good news for racehorse owners and explains why this phenomenally talented sire is indeed the heir apparent to his sire Danehill and commands a fee of $220,000 this spring.

Leading Australian Sires by Earnings 2011/2012 (all figures Arion)

Stallion Ccode Yof – To Stud Farm / 2012 Fee

Rnrs

Wnrs

Wins

SW(SWins)

Earnings

Best Performer
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 2001 – 2005 Coolmore $220,000

273

130

231

16(31)

$12,683,189

Mosheen – 1,976,000
Lonhro (AUS) 1998 – 2004 Darley $110,000

273

129

210

8(16)

$9,391,368

Pierro – 2,946,150
Redoute’s Choice (AUS) 1996 – 2000 Arrowfield $137,500

267

131

197

12(16)

$8,648,647

Master of Design – 770,700
More Than Ready (USA) 1997 – 2001 Vinery $121,000

238

99

170

9(17)

$7,831,145

More Joyous – 2,033,400
Commands (AUS) 1996 – 2000 Darley $66,000

289

137

216

10(16)

$7,197,975

Rain Affair – 813,400
Bel Esprit (AUS) 1999 – 2003 Eliza Park $27,500

285

127

215

2(10)

$6,575,510

Black Caviar – 2,297,000
Encosta de Lago (AUS) 1993 – 1997 Coolmore $88,000

297

131

197

10(11)

$6,227,297

Polish Knight – 420,725
Exceed and Excel (AUS) 2000 – 2004 Darley $66,000

257

121

201

7(10)

$6,156,460

Helmet – 930,000
Snitzel (AUS) 2002 – 2006 Arrowfield $33,000

119

65

122

6(10)

$5,782,889

Snitzerland – 874,500
Testa Rossa (AUS) 1996 – 2001 Vinery $33,000

274

122

189

7(9)

$5,457,320

Ortensia – 396,500
An interesting observation is the domination of Australian bred sires with More Than Ready (USA) the lone shuttler to make an impact in the Top 10, although seven of the Top 10 stallions are in fact sired by shuttle sires.

The trend continues further down the list with Elusive Quality (USA) the only other shuttle sire to hold a position in the Top 20 sires by earnings.

This is a phenomenon that can be attributed in some part to the outbreak of EI, which saw many shuttle sires miss out that year or cover restricted books with a good example being High Chaparral (IRE), who was without three year-olds, which are his great strength.

Another sire in the Top 50, but with limited numbers of runners is Street Cry (IRE), who was without two and three year-olds last season.

Both stallions are now shuttling regularly to Australia and have good crops coming through so expect them to be bounding back into the Top 10 if not this season, certainly the next.

First Season Sires

Stallion Ccode Yof – To Stud Farm/ 2012 Fee

Rnrs

Wnrs

SW(SWins)

Earnings

Best Performer
Casino Prince (AUS) 2003 – 2008 Patinack $27,500

36

8

1(3)

$730,960

All Too Hard – 418,700
Husson (ARG) 2003 – 2007 Patinack $22,000

26

11

2(2)

$494,525

Hussousa – 170,000
Court Command (AUS) 2003 – 2008 Wattle Brae $13,750

27

8

0(0)

$356,300

Robert’s Command – 73,500
Bernardini (USA) 2003 – 2007 Darley $55,000

29

4

1(1)

$334,900

Meidung – 106,000
Magnus (AUS) 2002 – 2008 Eliza Park$17,600

21

5

0(0)

$318,475

Imprimis – 69,380
<img “=”” alt=”” align=”left” src=”http://www.racenet.com.au/breeding/news_images/sires/casino-princenew_300.jpg”>It was a Patinack quinella in this division with CasinoPrince(pictured)  topping the list by earnings and his stablemate Husson (Arg) by winners, something few would have predicted 12 months ago.

Given the benefit of strong support from the Patinack owned broodmare band and the advantage of John Thompson to train, these young sires have delivered the goods and it will be interesting to see if their strong early showing can be maintained.

Several of the high profile shuttle sires with progeny of this age can be expected to fire up over the next 12 months, so this is a list with potential for big change, however at this point in time Casino Prince is holding all the aces with a potential spring superstar in Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard.

Second Season Sires

Stallion Ccode Yof – To Stud Farm / 2012 Fee

Rnrs

Wnrs

SW(SWins)

Earnings

Best Performer
Artie Schiller (USA) 2001 – 2007 Emirates $22,000

55

24

4(4)

$1,578,535

Laser Hawk – 569,100
Written Tycoon (AUS) 2002 – 2007 Eliza Park Qld $15,400

58

29

2(2)

$1,481,935

Alezan Thunder – 250,100
Ad Valorem (USA) 2002 – 2007 Darley $16,500

51

28

2(2)

$1,254,704

Pied a Terre – 252,300
Nadeem (AUS) 2003 – 2007 Little Avondale, NZ $8,800

69

31

2(2)

$1,194,370

Specter – 179,650
Churchill Downs (AUS) 2003 – 2007 Exported to Libya

81

34

0(0)

$1,080,706

Emerald Downs – 87,905
Artie Schiller (USA)  aside, this is far from a vintage group of sires and many (including several further down the list) have already been moved on from where they started their career and in some cases a long way on with former Blue Gum Farm resident Churchill Downs exported to Libya earlier this year.

Artie Schiller has very good statistics and will get plenty of support in Victoria, while it will be interesting to see what sort of reception former Victorian Written Tycoon is afforded in Queensland where he will now be based at Eliza Park’s new operation in the sunshine state.

One Queensland farm happy with the efforts of their sire is Eureka Stud, who stand Red Ransom’s Group I winning son Red Dazzler.

He produced 29 winners of $1million in prizemoney to be the leading Queensland based second season sire of 2011/2012.

Red Dazzler is yet to sire a stakes-winner, however anyone who attended the Randwick Barrier trials on Monday morning will think he has one in the pipeline in the shape of the Gai Waterhouse trained filly Kuchinskaya.

A $165,000 Magic Millions purchase for Star Thoroughbreds from the Newgate Farm draft, Kuchinskaya won her trial by five lengths in the fastest heat over that distance leaving Blue Diamond runner up No Looking Back in her wake.

A smart winner at Rosehill from a handful of starts earlier in the year, Kuchinskaya looks primed to start her spring campaign with a bang.

Posted August 3, 2012 by belesprit09 in Bel Esprit breeding

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