Danehill Line Still Rules Down Under

While the breeding season is in full in the Northern Hemisphere, breeders in the South enjoy a period of peace and they can assess data of the past season. Let us do the same in an article which looks back on the last year’s breeding season in Australia.

Pierro, busiest stallion in Australia, photo Coolmore

As a source for the tables below data from the Australian Stud Book were used, as they are published on the excellent website www.studbook.org.au. It is from this site that we identified all stallions active at stud in Australia last year, selected the active ones who have, as of today, at least a single mare covered, and processed the following tables. They do not much to comment upon as they speak quite clearly.

Stallions who covered 100 + mares in Australia last year

stallion sire sireline mares
Pierro Lonhro Sir Tristram 220
Snitzel Redoute's Choice Danehill 213
I Am Invincible Invincible Spirit Danzig 211
Smart Missile Fastnet Rock Danehill 210
Sebring More Than Ready Halo 192
Fastnet Rock Danehill Danehill 189
Fiorente Monsun Blandford 186
Zoustar Northern Meteor Fairy King 185
Love Conquers All Mossman Prince Rose 181
Denman Lonhro Sir Tristram 180
Written Tycoon Iglesia Try My Best 177
Sizzling Snitzel Danehill 175
All Too Hard Casino Prince Danehill 175
Epaulette Commands Danehill 170
Eurozone Northern Meteor Fairy King 167
Reward For Effort Exceed and Excel Danehill 167
Star Withess Starcraft Nureyev 166
Shamus Award Snitzel Danehill 165
Commands Danehill Danehill 161
So You Think High Chaparral Sadler's Wells 161
Choisir Danehill Dancer Danehill 158
Foxwedge Fastnet Rock Danehill 157
Sepoy Elusive Quality Mr Prospector 157
Spirit of Boom Sequalo Hyperion 154
Magnus Flying Spur Danehill 154
Helmet Exceed and Excel Danehill 151
Medaglia d'Oro El Prado Sadler's Wells 148
Fighting Sun Northern Meteor Fairy King 147
High Chaparral Sadler's Wells Sadler's Wells 146
Hinchinbrook Fastnet Rock Danehill 145
Bernardini A.P. Indy Seattle Slew 145
Lope de Vega Shamardal Storm Cat 134
Redoute's Choice Danehill Danehill 135
Americain Dynaformer Roberto 133
Dundeel High Chaparral Sadler's Wells 132
Exceed and Excel Danehill Danehill 132
Poet's Voice Dubawi Mr Prospector 127
Universal Ruler Scenic Sadler's Wells 127
Declaration of War War Front Danzig 125
Equiano Acclamation Try My Best 125
More Than Ready Southern Halo Halo 124
Rothesay Fastnet Rock Danehill 124
Moshe Bel Esprit Nijinsky 122
Trade Fair Zafonic Mr Prospector 122
Dream Ahead Diktat In Reality 121
Your Song Fastnet Rock Danehill 119
Unencumbered Testa Rossa Danzig 118
The Factor War Front Danzig 115
Dawn Approach New Approach Sadler's Wells 114
Not A Single Doubt Redoute's Choice Danehill 111
Golden Archer Rock of Gibraltar Danehill 109
Toorak Toff Show A Heart Star Kingdom 108
Bel Esprit Royal Academy Nijinsky 108
Albrecht Redoute's Choice Danehill 107
Top Echelon Umatilla Mr Prospector 107
Bullet Train Sadler's Wells Sadler's Wells 106
Street Boss Street Cry Mr Prospector 106
Blackfriars Danehill Danehill 106
Al Maher Danehill Danehill 103
Uncle Mo Indian Charlie Caro 103
Camelot Montjeu Sadler's Wells 103
Kuroshio Exceed and Excel Danehill 103
Skilled Commands Danehill 102
Delago Deluxe Encosta de Lago Fairy King 101
Mahisara More Than Ready Halo 100
Rebel Raider Reset Sir Tristram 100
Reset Zabeel Sir Tristram 100

It can come as no surprise that Australia is still dominated by stallions of the Danehill line who covered 36% of all thoroughbred mares. However, on the very top of most demanded sires we will find a stallion who does not come from this line and Danehill’s blood cannot be found in his pedigree elsewhere than in the direct line. The Golden Slipper winner Pierro is a proof that with the growing presence of Danehill’s blood among the mares the stallions without his blood are increasingly demanded in Australia. After all the top ten of most demanded sires is, for the first time in a while, dominated by stallions without the influence of Danehill in the pedigree.

Despite this Danehill remains, quite clearly, a stallion with the highest number of active sons at stud, followed by his son Redoute’s Choice. The latter had thirteen sons less at stud but his sons covered more mares than sons of Danehill. It is worth mentioning that among Danehill’s sons there were six of those who covered over a hundred mares but most of his sons, thirty-three to be precise, covered fewer than ten mares.

The most frequently sought paternal lines by the number of mares covered

Sireline Stallions Mares covered
Northern Dancer 333 12836
  of which: Be My Guest 1 6
  Danehill 189 6944
  Danzig 30 1329
  Dixieland Band 1 6
  Fairy King 23 1015
  Lomond 1 1
  Night Shift 1 3
  Nijinsky 9 323
  Nureyev 14 464
  Sadler's Wells 30 1446
  Shareef Dancer 2 65
  Storm Bird (excluding Storm Cat) 1 55
  Storm Cat 19 741
  Try My Best 9 433
  Vice Regent 3 5
Turn-To 63 2593
  of Which: Halo 21 735
  Roberto 16 806
  Sir Tristram 24 968
Nasrullah 27 771
  of Which: Bold Ruler 5 258
  Blushing Groom 9 224
  Caro 1 103
  Never Bend 2 102
Mr Prospector 49 1349
Prince Rose 4 279
Star Kingdom 17 259
Blandford 3 232
Hyperion (excluding Star Kingdom) 4 165
Zeditave 6 175
In Reality 3 125
Tom Fool 8 90
Nearctic (exclusing Northern
2 60
Djebel 4 41
Rough 'n Tumble 1 40
Raise a Native 3 27
Fairway 4 25
Sharpen Up 2 25
Damascus 2 12
Buckpasser 1 7

What seems to me very interesting is the number of mares sent to stallions of the Danzig line, or rather those where the influence of Danzing does not come before Danehill. These stallions, led by the excellent I Am Invincible, covered a total of 1,329 mares, only 100 less than they covered at home in North America. The demand for stallions of the Sadler’s Wells line is growing in Australia and the victory of Vancouver in the Golden Slipper, the very first win of this line in the richest two-year-old race in the world, is to give boost to the demand for this line, mainly concentrated on sons of High Chaparral.

Stallions with the highest number of active sons – stallions in Australia 2014

Stallion Sire 1 2 3
Danehill Danzig 56 1408 6
Redoute's Choice Danehill 43 1454 3
Encosta de Lago Fairy King 14 450 1
Red Ransom Roberto 12 591 0
Exceed And Excel Danehill 11 670 3
Fastnet Rock Danehill 10 923 5
Flying Spur Danehill 9 356 1
More Than Ready Southern Halo 9 466 2
Danzig Northern Dancer 7 247 0
Lonhro Octagonal 7 557 2
Storm Cat Storm Bird 7 244 0
Danetime Danehill 6 201 0
Hussonet Mr Prospector 6 123 0
Royal Academy Nijinsky 6 198 1
Southern Halo Halo 6 199 1
Zabeel Sir Tristram 6 124 1

1 ... number of sons in stud
2 ... number of mares covered
3 ... number of sons who covered 100 and more mares

Traditional highly demanded are stallions of the lines Halo and Roberto, often used for daughters and granddaughters of Danehill, same as another branch of the Royal Charger line, established by the champion Sir Tristram. The Mr Prospector line has built more than good position in Australia, with another winner of the Golden Slipper, Sepoy, the most demanded sire of this line. What may come slightly as a surprise is the high demand for the Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente, the only son of Monsun at stud in Australia, who was the sixth most demanded sire of the last season with 186 mares covered.

Miloslav Vlček

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