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Stallion fees for 2018 Few changes at the top of the stallion order

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he top five most expensive sires with fees in excess of £100,000 standing in Britain and Ireland have maintained their positions from 2017, with two of the five given increases for 2018. The leading pentad consists of Galileo, Dubawi, Frankel, Invincible Spirit and Sea The Stars with Frankel’s fee increasing by 40 per cent to £175,000 and Sea The Stars up eight per cent to £135,000. Dark Angel’s continued march up the stallion ranks has seen his fee increase by 30 per cent from €65,000 to €85,000. According to the Weatherbys covering statistics (see page 160), he was the region’s busiest stallion last year visited by 223 mares. One of 2017’s leading first-season sires, the Tweenhills-based Teofilo son Havana Gold, whose top performer Havana Grey is out of a Dark Angel mare, has the distinction of having the highest percentage increase for 2018 - his fee more than doubling from the £7,000 he stood at this year. He will cover mares at £15,000 in 2018. Other sires with increased fees on the strength of their 2017 results are Tamayuz, who returns to his 2016 price of €12,500 from 2017’s €8,000 (up by 56 per cent), while Iffraaj, of course the sire of the admirable Group 1-winner Ribchester, has a fee rise of 45 per cent from £27,500 to £40,000. No Nay Never’s popularity on the back of his first-crop sales yearlings has earned him

Top priced stallions in Britain and Ireland for 2018 Sire

Price (€/£)

Galileo Private Dubawi £250,000 Frankel £175,000 Sea The Stars €135,000 Invincible Spirit €120,000 Dark Angel €85,000 Fastnet Rock €70,000 Dansili £65,000 Golden Horn £60,000 Lope De Vega €60,000 Kingman £55,000 Exceed And Excel €50,000 Pivotal £40,000 Iffraaj £40,000 Teofilo €40,000 Gleneagles €40,000 Acclamation €40,000 Showcasing £35,000 Australia €35,000 Caravaggio €35,000 Churchill €35,000 Ulysses £30,000 New Approach £30,000 Ribchester €30,000 Muhaarar £30,000 Oasis Dream £30,000 Camelot €30,000 Mastercraftsman €25,000 No Nay Never €25,000 The Gurkha €25,000 Zoffany €25,000 Intello £20,000 Postponed £20,000 Dawn Approach €20,000 Nathaniel £20,000 New Bay €20,000 Highland Reel €17,500 Decorated Knight €15,000 Free Eagle €15,000 Sea The Moon £15,000 Dutch Art £15,000 Night Of Thunder £15,000 Belardo €15,000 Slade Power €15,000 Havana Gold £15,000 Awtaad €15,000 Holy Roman Emperor €15,000 Pride Of Dubai €15,000 Starspangledbanner €15,000 Lawman €15,000 Make Believe €15,000

Havana Gold: after a good season in 2017 his fee has risen from £7,000 to £15,000

an increase of 43 per cent from €17,500 to €25,000 The highest-priced new stallions for next season are Caravaggio and Churchill who both enter the Coolmore roster at €35,000, Darley’s Ribchester kicks off at €30,000, while new Cheveley Park Galileo sire Ulysses is introduced at £30,000. The National Stud has the highest number of new recruits for 2018 with four – Aclaim, Spill The Beans, Time Test and Tivaci. Of interest to European-based breeders, who ship mares to the US for covering, is the price of leading Turf sire Kitten’s Joy. The son of El Prado has moved from Ramsey Farm to Hill ‘n’ Dale for 2018, and has had a price decrease from $100,000 to $60,000. Through 2017 Kitten’s Joy sired three Grade 1 winners – the Secretariat Stakes winner Oscar Performance, the Sword Dancer Invitational victor Sadler’s Joy and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic winner Divisidero. In Europe, he has had two Group 1 seconds – the juvenile Roaring Lion and Taareef, runner-up in the Prix du Moulin. The sire represents good value and is certainly an option to consider for those with stateside interests.

See pages 184-185 for a full list of British and Irish fees

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