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contents december 14 First word

Paul Haigh enjoys the racing from Australia, reckons the Breeders’ Cup meeting was great, but can’t see why we don’t have separate lists for the world’s best Dirt and Turf horses

19 Stallion fees

Not a lot of change at the top of the British and Irish stallions’ fee list

20 Sparks fly over rankings

Simon Rowlands explains why Arrogate remains at the top of the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

26 Runner gunned it

Alan Porter reviews the pedigree results from the Breeders’ Cup meet

40 First class

Debbie Burt chats with Dan Downie of Elite Racing Club which has enjoyed a fabulous Group 1-winning summer with Marsha

48 Heeraat’s on his way

Aisling Crowe speaks to Richard Kent of Mickley Stud, ahead of the arrival of Heeraat’s first-crop of two-year-olds

56 The gift that keeps on giving

Alan Porter reviews the progress made by Frankel, the stallion

66 Dreams do come true

Aisling Crowe meets Richard Fitzsimons, the youngest member of one of the oldest bloodstock agencies, BBA Ireland Tamayuz has enjoyed a great year on the track courtesy of his fillies Precieuse and Blond Me. Sally Ann Grassick profiles the Derrinstown Stud-based sire


90 Galileo: the king

New records were created in 2017 by the Coolmore emperor, writes Sue Montgomery

101 Heirs to the throne

Frankel and Nathaniel head the second-season sires’ list, writes Jocelyn de Moubray

170 Leading US stallions

Leading general US sires, leading two-year-old sires and Turf sires

108 Brexit does not apply

This year’s leading first-season sires came from right across western Europe

176 Leading European stallions

Weatherbys lists showing the top 100 leading European sires and leading sires of two-year-olds

116 Leading stallion tables

Listed by progeny racing distances

129 Stakes-winning sires

184 Stallion fees

138 All change at the top

186 Photos of the month

Hyperion’s alphabetical list of sires with stakes performers in 2017

Jocelyn de Moubray saw some new names making their presence felt on the yearling buying bench, Godolphin’s new team was in place, while some groups reduced their spend

A comprehensive list of British and Irish stallion fees for 2018

The Cartier Awards 2017


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146 Stallion yearling averages


Weatherbys alphabetical list of European stallions by their yearling averages 2017

156 Covering stats

Weatherbys list showing which stallions were the busiest sires in England and Ireland through 2017

164 A year of opportunites

A number of US stallions made names for themselves in 2017, writes Melissa Bauer-Herzog /internationa l_thoroughbr ed

80 International Group 1 glory

Galileo sits in third place behind Deep Impact and King Kamehameha

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74 BBA Ireland

88 Global stallions


Every trainer dreams of a Royal Ascot winner early in their career. Tom Peacock talks to Richard Spencer, the young Newmarket-based trainer who realised that ambition this summer


European stallion data

Blue Star stri kes for hom by Venita Saye e r www.eque .uk

Stallion re view


Blue Star strikes for home by Vineta Sayer

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Profile for Thoroughbred Publishing


Stallion Review 2017, including Frankel, Mickley Stud, a wealth of stallion statistics and an interview with Elite Racing Club, owner-breede...


Stallion Review 2017, including Frankel, Mickley Stud, a wealth of stallion statistics and an interview with Elite Racing Club, owner-breede...