The current racing season has been a particularly exciting one for Coolmore Australia. And amid all the racecourse success, it has heralded the dawning of Fastnet Rock as a sire of the highest calibre.
The deeds of Fastnet Rock’s progeny, be it on the racetrack or in the sales ring, have marked him down as a champion sire in waiting. He is the natural successor to his own sire, the late, great Danehill.
Coolmore has set his fee at $137,500 for 2010. Fastnet Rock started stud life at a $55,000 fee in 2005 and his unprecedented success has fully justified the quantum leap for his services.
No less meritorious have been the feats of the progeny of High Chaparral, new to Coolmore Australia for 2010. His first crop three year olds have claimed a number of Australia’s most prestigious races to date in what has been an enviable start to his Australasian stud career.
Encosta de Lago retains his mantle as Australasia’s best stallion and he is firmly on track for a third consecutive Australian sires’ premiership. It comes on the back of a season that has seen him produce over 25 individual stakes performers in Australia alone.
Coolmore acquisition Starspangledbanner is a hugely exciting sire prospect. He has thrilled trainer Aidan O’Brien since arriving in Ireland and will join the Coolmore Australia roster after an upcoming European campaign.
His all the way win in the sire-making G1 Caulfield Guineas and a scintillating success against older sprinters in the G1 Oakleigh Plate mark him down as the fastest horse of his generation.
Starspangledbanner’s sire Choisir, along with Tale Of The Cat and Rock Of Gibraltar, are proven Group 1 sires. And all three are capable of producing high-class horses and offer great value for breeders.
Coolmore has an exciting line-up of young prospects allied to its line-up of proven stallions. Both Henrythenavigator and Duke Of Marmalade were supported with both quality and quantity in their first season while the first foals of G1 winners Haradasun, Excellent Art and Dylan Thomas were greeted with delight by broodmare owners.
Looking to emulate Oratorio, who achieved G1 success with his first crop two year olds this season, are Danehill’s sons Aussie Rules and Holy Roman Emperor who have their first Australasian runners in 2010. Their first yearlings were well received by the commercial market place.
Coolmore Australia service fees for 2010
AUSSIE RULES Danehill – Last Second (Alzao) $8,800
CHOISIR Danehill Dancer – Great Selection (Lunchtime) $35,750
DUKE OF MARMALADE Danehill – Love Me True (Kingmambo) $24,750
DYLAN THOMAS Danehill – Lagrion (Diesis) $22,000
ENCOSTA DE LAGO Fairy King – Shoal Creek (Star Way) $143,000
EXCELLENT ART Pivotal – Obsessive (Seeking The Gold) $11,000
FASTNET ROCK Danehill – Piccadilly Circus (Royal Academy) $137,500
HARADASUN Fusaichi Pegasus – Circles Of Gold (Marscay) $24,750
HENRYTHENAVIGATOR Kingmambo – Sequoyah (Sadler’s Wells) $33,000
HIGH CHAPARRAL Sadler’s Wells – Kasora (Darshaan) $88,000
HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR Danehill – L’On Vite (Secretariat) $27,500
ORATORIO Danehill – Mahrah (Vaguely Noble) $22,000
ROCK OF GIBRALTAR Danehill – Offshore Boom (Be My Guest) $33,000
SPINNING WORLD Nureyev – Imperfect Circle (Riverman) $6,600
STARSPANGLEDBANNER Choisir – Gold Anthem (Made of Gold) TBA
TALE OF THE CAT Storm Cat – Yarn (Mr. Prospector) $38,500
All fees inc gst