We are not far from the Spring carnival, which also signals the start of a new breeding season. There have been some fantastic progeny going through the sales ring. Some of these will have their first starts during the Spring period. We also saw a number of sires have their first crops sold, with many showing a lot of potential. We will be looking at some of our up-and-coming stallions in Australia and how we think their progeny will fair in their first race season.
Brutal is by O’Reilly (NZ) out of the mare Alberton Princess (NZ). He is currently standing a Newgate Stud for a fee of $22,000. He is a multiple Group 1 winner and won over $2.6 million during his career. During his career, he beat multiple Group 1 winners including Classique Legend and Osborne Bulls. He even finished second to Winx in the George Ryder Stakes in 2019.
His first crop are yearlings and will be only a few months off hitting the track. In his first season, he covered 177 mares with 120 of those producing live foals. This gives him a strike rate of 76.9% which has been consistent in his second season. His highest-priced yearling was a colt out of Little Indian. He sold for $320,000 to Griffiths/De Kock Racing through the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He has had a positive reaction with breeders with many sending their mares back for a second season. We currently have two yearlings by Brutal listed on our Ownership Marketplace.
Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes was a record breaker during his career and his progeny are looking to follow in his footsteps. He is by Rubick who is the son of champion sire Encosta De Lago and is out the mare Sin Sin Sin. He showed plenty of ability early days, winning three races in a row as a two-year-old including the Group 2 Todman Stakes. As a three-year-old in the Group 1 Golden Rose before winning the elusive $20 million Everest (previously $14 million). Yes Yes Yes currently holds the track record for 1200m at Randwick since 2019.
Yes Yes Yes was very popular with breeders in his first season and has continued to hold high numbers. So far he has covered 544 mares with 212 producing live foals. Some of these mares include Limerock and Workdrinks. His first crop of yearlings was sold for $450,000, $420,000, $370,000, $340,000, $325,000, $320,000, $320,000, $300,000 etc. He is currently standing at Coolmore Stud for a fee of $33,000. With this in mind, there is a good chance of profiting from securing a service from him.
Alabama Express only had a short career but was very impressive on the track. He is a son of Redoute’s Choice who is the sire of stallions such as The Autumn Sun, Prague and Pariah. He is out the mare Lago Ovation who is by Encosta De Lago. During his time on the track, he won 4 of his 8 starts amassing over $540,000 in prizemoney. He was able to win the WFA Group 1 C.F Orr Stakes, which was the same race his sire won. In these, he faced horses such as Bivouac, Kings Will Dream, and Fierce Impact.
Alabama Express during his stud career has produced 184 live foals. Notably in his first season, he covered 141 mares with a fertility rate of 88.8%. He has covered some of the best mares available such as Foxplay, Erato, and Ghadaayer. His yearlings so far have sold for anywhere from $60,000 up to $400,000 at the Inglis and Magic Millions complexes. He is standing this season at Yulong Stud for a fee of $22,000. If he can replicate what his sire has done, his progeny should be exciting prospects in the future. We currently have an Alabama Express yearling available in our Ownership Marketplace who will be trained by Jack Pilkington.
Wootton Bassett (GB)
While this stallion hasn’t had many seasons yet in Australia, he is an exciting stallion to have back. Wootton Bassett is by Ifraaj (GB) out of the mare Balladonia (GB). Most of his successes so far have been overseas but he is becoming popular with Australian breeders. He was an unbeaten two-year-old and has become a world-class sire. He has had 12 stakes winners overseas such as Almanzor, King Of Steel, and Protagonist.
He has had the support of some great mares including Champagne Cuddles, Daysee Doom, Invincibella, and Sunlight. His oldest progeny in Australia are currently weanlings but are already starting to make their mark in the industry. During the recent Inglis Digital Auction, a filly was offered by the mare Elegant D’Oro. She sold for $265,000 to Jb Bloodstock. This is just a taste of what we think will be an exciting sale season for those that supported him during his time in Australia. He is due to come back for his third season in Australia and will be standing at Coolmore Stud for a fee of $93,500.
We wait with anticipation to see their progeny on the track soon. In our next edition, will showcase a few more stallions that we think will make a mark on Australian racing.
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