Coolmore Stud will reroute Holy Roman Emperor to Brazil for the 2012 southern serving season. He shuttled from Ireland to the Hunter Valley for four seasons but did not make the trip down here last year.
Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) is one of Europe’s leading two-year-old sires, however, similar success has eluded him in this part of the world.
Holy Roman Emperor was a crack juvenile in 2006 winning the G1 Phoenix Stakes and G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. Early the following year, Coolmore drafted him into stud duties as a spring three year-old. He replaced fellow Danehill sire George Washington who was experiencing fertility problems.
His first southern book contained 131 mares who were covered at a $44,000 service fee. The results were well below par with just 5 minor juvenile winners in 2010-11.
Holy Roman Emperor’s second southern book of 180 mares has produced 4 two year-old winners to date headed by Matamata G2 winner Rollout The Carpet.
His third book contained 107 mares but only 7 of the foals from that crop have changed hands at the yearlings sales so far this year. None made the cut for this week’s flagship Inglis Easter Sale.
Breeders who patronised Holy Roman Emperor with 111 mares in his fourth and final season will be praying for a turnaround of biblical proportions before the 2013 majors.