Ready for the first test

A guide to the stallions in Britain, Ireland, France and Germany who will have their first foals offered in 2018

Bobby's Kitten comes from last to first to win the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Bobby’s Kitten is by Kitten’s Joy, a sire whose profile continues to rise in both Europe and the US – Photo: George Selwyn

Fees listed are those advertised for 2017

BRITAIN

Adaay

Kodiac – Lady Lucia (Royal Applause)

Whitsbury Manor Stud, £7,000

The first son of Kodiac to stand in Britain, Adaay won his first two juvenile starts and proved he was more than a talented two-year-old when winning two Group 2 contests at three.

He was fully subscribed at a limited book, covering 127 mares, three of which were black-type winners.

Bobby’s Kitten

Kitten’s Joy – Celestial Woods (Forestry)

Lanwades Stud, £12,500

Kirsten Rausing was ahead of the game when buying Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Bobby’s Kitten to stand in the UK. His sire’s profile continues to rise in Europe and the US.

Notably, Bobby’s Kitten had 2018 leading first-season sire No Nay Never behind him when winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and showed great range to also win over a mile, with all his victories coming on turf.

Cannock Chase

Lemon Drop Kid – Lynnwood Chase (Horse Chestnut)

Worsall Grange, private fee

A Group winner at three, four and five, Cannock Chase’s finest hour came at Woodbine, the scene of his Grade 1 International Stakes success.

A full-brother to Group 2 winner Pisco Sour, he was clearly a beautiful specimen, fetching 310,000gns as a yearling.

Charming Thought

Oasis Dream – Annabelle’s Charm (Indian Ridge)

Dalham Hall Stud, £8,000

Charming Thought wasted little time in repaying his 625,000gns yearling price tag, winning three of his starts at two, culminating in success in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes, beating Ivawood and Muhaarar.

The son of Oasis Dream comes from the top-class family of Starborough, Ballingarry and Aristotle.

Charming Thought edges out Ivawood to win the Middle Park Stakes

Charming Thought is from the top-class family of Starborough, Ballingarry and Aristotle – Photo: George Selwyn

Marcel

Lawman – Mauresmo (Marju)

National Stud, £5,000

Group 1 Racing Post Trophy victor Marcel was retired after disappointing in the Guineas the following season. His owner, Paul Makin, was vocal in limiting his book and standing his star at a lower fee, in a bid to attract mares from overseas.

The son of Lawman covered 23 mares, four of whom were black-type winners.

Pearl Secret

Compton Place – Our Little Secret (Rossini)

Bucklands Farm & Stud, £4,000

Pearl Secret made a winning debut at two and went on to show remarkable consistency in all the top sprints, perfectly demonstrated by his Group 2 Temple Stakes victory as a six-year-old.

From the family of Dutch Art, the son of Compton Place attracted a book of 58 mares in his first season.

Proconsul

Galileo – Kind (Danehill)

Mickley Stud, £3,500

A full-brother to Frankel and Noble Mission, Proconsul is bred to be successful at stud, though the son of Galileo failed to fire in his two starts on the track.

The now five-year-old covered 48 mares in his first season at Richard Kent and Clare Lloyd’s Mickley Stud.

Territories

Invincible Spirit – Taranto (Machiavellian)

Dalham Hall Stud, £12,000

Group 1 Prix Jean Prat winner Territories was the busiest new boy in Britain in 2017, covering 148 mares, 16 of which won at stakes level.

Group 1-placed as a juvenile, his other notable performaces include chasing home Gleneagles in the 2,000 Guineas.

Twilight Son wins at Royal Ascot in a blanket finish

Twilight Son (green) attracted a book of 142 mares in his first year at Cheveley Park Stud – Photo: George Selwyn

Twilight Son

Kyllachy – Twilight Mistress (Bin Ajwaad)

Cheveley Park Stud, £10,000

Dual Group 1-winning sprinter Twilight Son aims to emulate the success of his ancestors, Kyllachy, Pivotal and Polar Falcon, at their shared base of Cheveley Park Stud.

Unbeaten until bumping into Muhaarar in the Champions Sprint, his talent and consistency attracted a book of 142 mares in his first year at stud.

IRELAND

Ajaya

Invincible Spirit – Nessina (Hennessy)

Rathbarry Stud, €10,000

One of a growing number of sons of Invincible Spirit retiring to stud, Ajaya shares his page with proven sires Bated Breath, Cityscape and Redoute’s Choice.

Second to Gutaifan in the Prix Robert Papin, he found redemption in the Gimcrack Stakes, beating Ribchester.

Awtaad

Cape Cross – Asheerah (Shamardal)

Derrinstown Stud, €15,000

Irish 2,000 Guineas victor Awtaad was fully-booked for his first season at stud and covered quality, as well as quantity, with 60% of those mares being stakes winners or producers, including the dam of King George and Arc heroine Taghrooda.

He is in the elite group of sons of Cape Cross to retire to stud, headed by Sea The Stars and Golden Horn.

Belardo

Lope De Vega – Danaskaya (Danehill)

Kildangan Stud, €15,000

By exciting young sire Lope De Vega and out of Lowther Stakes second Danaskaya, Belardo’s two Group 1 victories should have come as no surprise, while he also finished second twice at the highest level, behind Tepin and Solow.

He covered a first book of 122 mares, seven of which were black-type winners.

Buratino

Exceed And Excel – Bergamask (Kingmambo)

Kildangan Stud, €5,000

A high-class pedigree, coming from the family of Danehill Dancer, Buratino covered 121 mares in his first book, including siblings to Goldikova and Kyllachy.

Precocious, as is typical of his sire, he won the Coventry Stakes as a juvenile, before claiming runner-up honours in two Group 1 contests behind Air Force Blue and Shalaa.

Coulsty

Kodiac – Hazium (In The Wings)

Rathasker Stud, €5,000

Off the back of increased success on the track, Kodiac has a growing number of sons joining the stallion ranks, including the Group 3 and dual Listed winner Coulsty.

Second to Adaay in the Hungerford Stakes, he covered 66 mares in his first season, including two black-type winners.

Estidhkaar

Dark Angel – Danetime Out (Danetime)

Tara Stud, €5,000

Estidhkaar covered 143 in the same year in which his half-brother, Toormore, was withdrawn from stud duty owing to lack of demand.

A £200,000 yearling, he followed up with two Group 2 wins in his first season and finished his career, at the age of four, with a Listed victory.

Fascinating Rock

Fastnet Rock – Miss Polaris (Polar Falcon)

Ballylinch Stud, €10,000

An impressive 11 of the 91 mares Fascinating Rock covered in his first season won at black-type level. He was himself a seven-time stakes winner, including two Group 1s over ten furlongs.

In fact, the Dermot Weld-trainee was admirably consistent, winning eight of his 15 starts and placing in another three.

Harzand

Sea The Stars – Hazariya (Xaar)

Gilltown Stud, €15,000

Dual Derby hero Harzand joined his sire at the Aga Khan’s Irish base, where he covered 96 mares, 11 of which were stakes winners.

By a champion racehorse and a sibling to four black-type horses, he is out of the Group 3 winner Hazariya.

Kodi Bear

Kodiac – Hawattef (Mujtahid)

Rathbarry Stud, €10,000

One of four sons of Kodiac retiring to stud in 2017, Kodi Bear was popular and covered 105 mares in his first season.

Second to Belardo in the Dewhurst Stakes at two, he went on to win four stakes races in total, his finest victory coming in the Group 2 Celebration Mile, which he won by three and a quarter lengths.

Markaz

Dark Angel – Folga (Atraf)

Derrinstown Stud, €6,000

Not only is Markaz by sire-in-demand Dark Angel, but he is also a full-brother to his highest-rated filly, Mecca’s Angel, and this had a hand in bringing his book to 108 mares.

He was talented in his own right, winning two Group contests and being placed in another three, ranging in distance from six to seven furlongs.

Mehmas

Acclamation – Lucina (Machiavellian)

Tally-Ho Stud, €12,500

Mehmas aims to follow in the leading freshman footsteps of Tally-Ho’s previous resident Sir Prancealot and will have plenty of ammunition, having been the busiest first-season sire of 2017, covering 187 mares in his first year.

Bred on the same cross as Dark Angel, he finished second to Caravaggio in the Coventry Stakes before notching two Group 2 wins and the same number of placings at Group 1 level.

New Bay winning the Prix Niel

New Bay commanded a fee of €20,000 in his debut season at Ballylinch Stud – Photo: George Selwyn

New Bay

Dubawi – Cinnamon Bay (Zamindar)

Ballylinch Stud, €20,000

Classic success, a top-class sire and a family that includes Oasis Dream and Kingman saw new boy New Bay cover a bumper book of 118 mares, with a significant 15 of those having won at stakes level.

Adding to the esteem of his Prix du Jockey Club success is runner-up Highland Reel and a faster time than those posted by Shamardal, Le Havre and Almanzor.

Pride Of Dubai

Street Cry – Al Anood (Danehill)

Coolmore Stud, €15,000

Sharing a page with Kodiac and Invincible Spirit saw Pride Of Dubai cover a predictably large book of 158 mares at Coolmore Stud, where he competed for attention alongside The Gurkha.

Lightly raced in Australia by Peter and Paul Snowden, he won twice at Group 1 level as a two-year-old, those successes coming over six and seven furlongs.

Prince Of Lir

Kodiac – Esuvia (Whipper)

Ballyhane Stud, €5,000

Prince Of Lir covered 122 mares in his first season, with his master, Joe Foley, having announced he was restricting all of his stallions to a maximum of 125 mares.

After sharing top-price honours at the Goffs UK Breeze-up, he fulfilled his early promise when winning the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Strath Burn

Equiano – Irish Light (Irish River)

Bridge House Stud, €5,500

Joining Cappella Sansevero at his Westmeath base, Strath Burn covered 23 mares, the same figure as Marcel. A Group 3 winner and beaten a short head by Twilight Son in the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup, he became the first son of Equiano to stand at stud.

The Gurkha

Galileo – Chintz (Danehill Dancer)

Coolmore Stud, €25,000

The Gurkha’s book of 175 mares included 21 black-type winners, four of whom had won at the highest level, as well as the dams of Mastercraftsman, Halfbridled and Sea Of Grace.

The dual Group 1 winner boasts a formidable pedigree himself, being out of a Group 3 winner and related to Arc hero Solemia.

The Last Lion

Choisir – Mala Mala (Brief Truce)

Kildangan Stud, €12,000

The Last Lion demonstrated toughness, as well as talent, in his sole season on the track, finishing no worse than third in any of his ten starts.

His four victories were headed by Group 1 success in the Middle Park Stakes, where his game front-running effort was enough to beat Blue Point and Mehmas.

Vadamos

Monsun – Celebre Vadala (Peintre Celebre)

Tally-Ho Stud, €10,000

Though different in every way to his stablemate Mehmas, Group 1-winning five-year-old Vadamos was just as popular, covering 183 mares.

An impressive 18 of those were black-type winners, including Group 1 winner Chinese White and Tally-Ho’s own dam of Unfortunately.

FRANCE

Bow Creek

Shamardal – Beneventa (Most Welcome)

Haras du Logis, €4,000

Offered as part of the Darley Club, Bow Creek boasts the unusual achievement of having won a Group 2 in Australia and another two in Europe.

By an exciting young sire of sires, he is out of a three-time stakes winner, whose defeated rivals included Soviet Song.

Dariyan

Shamardal – Daryakana (Selkirk)

Haras de Bonneval, €8,000

By a champion sire and out of a Hong Kong Vase winner, it was no surprise to see Dariyan excel on the track, winning the Group 1 Prix Ganay and finishing second in the Prix d’Ispahan on unsuitably soft ground.

Among the top-class mares sent to him by his breeder the Aga Khan are the dam of Vazirabad, and he also covered a sister to Arctic Cosmos.

Exosphere

Lonhro – Altitude (Danzero)

Haras Du Logis, €6,000

A three-time Group 2 winner over sprint distances and Group 1 victor over seven furlongs in Australia, Exosphere, a son of Australia’s former champion sire Lonhro, was rated higher than Exceed And Excel, Redoute’s Choice and Fastnet Rock but spent just one season shuttling to Normandy.

Goken

Kendargent – Gooseley Chope (Indian Rocket)

Haras de La Huderie, €5,000

Dual Group winner Goken became the first son of Kendargent to stand at stud and retired just five minutes from where his own successful sire is based in Normandy.

A fine third to Profitable in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, he was popular with breeders, covering 93 mares in his first year.

Martinborough

Deep Impact – Halwa Song (Nureyev)

Haras de Grandcamp, €4,000

Martinborough is the first representative of Deep Impact to stand in France and aims to follow the path of success that his new home has enjoyed with the Sunday Silence line in the form of Dabirsim.

The dual Grade 3 winner covered 71 mares last season, his appeal aided by his dam’s half-sister, Mezzo Soprano, having won the Prix Vermeille.

Morandi

Holy Roman Emperor – Vezina (Bering)

Haras du Mont Goubert, €3,000

The product of the successful Danehill-Bering cross, Morandi never finished outside the first two as a juvenile, his finest victory coming in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud, which he won by seven lengths.

Second to Intello in the Prix du Jockey Club the following year, he then moved to the US for a short period.

Scissor Kick

Redoute’s Choice – Back Pass (Quest For Fame)

Haras d’Etreham, €10,000

Closely related to Dansili and with his father having proven a popular shuttler, Scissor Kick boasted plenty of European appeal to allow him to reverse-shuttle from Arrowfield Stud.

The dual Group 3 winner missed out on Group 1 glory by a whisker in the Golden Rose Stakes as a three-year-old.

Shalaa in his paddock

Shalaa covered top-class racemares such as Treve and Le Cressonniere in his first season at stud

Shalaa

Invincible Spirit – Ghurra (War Chant)

Haras du Bouquetot, €27,500

The winner of five of his six juvenile starts, dual Group 1 winner Shalaa received a bumper book of 158 mares in his first season at stud, including such top-class racemares as Treve and Le Cressonniere, as well as the dams of National Defense and The Fugue.

Triple Threat

Monsun – Drei (Lyphard)

Haras du Mont Goubert, €3,000

One of two new additions to a stud farm originally known for trotters, Triple Threat is a half-brother to the dam of Canford Cliffs, himself now the sire of seven Group winners.

The winner of three Group races in two continents, Triple Threat also finished third at Grade 1 level at Woodbine over a mile and a half.

GERMANY

Five stallions joined the German ranks in 2017, the most expensive of which was Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist (Gestut Rottgen) at €6,500. The son of Monsun claimed two Group 1 races and three Group 2 contests in total, and also boasts a pedigree that includes Peintre Celebre.

Gestut Ammerland recruit Ito (Adlerflug) is another who has a race record to match his pedigree. The Group 1 winner and German Guineas victor is a son of the German Oaks heroine Iota and stood his first season at €5,000.

Protectionist was the winner of two Group 1s including the 2014 Melbourne Cup

Another German Classic hero to retire to stud in 2017 was Isfahan (Lord Of England). Andreas Wohler’s Derby winner stands at Gestut Ohlerweiherhof at €5,000.

Fees remained private for Guiliani (Tertullian), a Group 1 winner from the family of Getaway, who stands at Gestut Erftmuhle, and German 2,000 Guineas winner Lucky Lion (High Chaparral), who beat Noble Mission to win the Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis and is at Gestut Graditz.

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