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Reliable Man’s colt Erasmus wins the Preis des Winterfavoriten (G3) run at Cologne by 8l; inset, the sire moves to France for the 2018 covering season

olds, but within five years was sold to Japan, however a high proportion of those sires who have got two or more Group winners from their first crop of two-year-olds have developed into successful stallions.

Reliable Man: got the two Group winners

Reliable Man, the Group 1 Prix du JockeyClub winner who stood his first four northernhemisphere seasons at Gestüt Röttgen in Germany and who will stand at the Haras du Thenney in 2018, is the only one of 2017’s first-season sires to have two Group winners. The Reliable Man colt Erasmus, an 8l winner of Germany’s principle two-year-old race, is the clear top-rated German juvenile with an official rating of 112, while Narella, who is now in training with Roger Varian for Teruya Yoshida and rated 104, is also among the top five. The son of Dalakhani has two others rated in the top 25. The support a stallion receives in its second and third year at stud is also crucial to long-term success; a sire whose second and third crops are way inferior to his first will

always struggle to restablish himself. Reliable Man covered his biggest book in 2017 and was supported by Röttgen and other leading breeders while in Germany.

Recent first-season sires with two or more Group winners among first two-year-olds 5 Frankel 4

Lope De Vega, Oasis Dream

3

Zoffany, Mastercraftsman

2

Tamayuz, New Approach, Kendargent, Vettori, Shamardal, Invincible Spirit, Teofilo, Medicean, Iffraaj, Dubawi, Siyouni, Starspangledbanner, Showcasing and Reliable Man

Society Rock led the winners’ charge

Declaration Of War, now in Kentucky, and the champion first-season sire (by number of winners and prize-money earned) Society Rock, who sadly died in 2016, are no longer available to European breeders. Among the other first-season sires the yearling market responded most positively to were Camelot, Dabirsim, Intello, Farhh, Havana Gold and, at a different level, Pedro The Great. Camelot’s first yearlings were so well received that his fee was put up by 40 per cent before the son of Montjeu had had a runner. It is not easy to fulfill such expectations, but his yearling average was down by only 10 per cent for his second crop. Camelot has had a lot of runners, but then he has covered more mares than his contemporaries, and for the time being his progeny’s best performances have come in France and Germany. The Harry Dunlop-trained Fighting Irish won a Group 2 in France over 6f and the Jean Pierre Carvalho-trained Alounak beat a subsequent Group winner when taking a

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