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15th March, 2009.
First Season Sires for 2009 - Background Information
  1. Explanation of Table Information and Links
    1. Links
    2. Table Information
  2. First Season Sires for 2009 - Summary Table

1. Explanation of Table Information and Links

The table in the second section of this article covers the First Season Sires you should expect to see represented by 2yos in the 2009 season. This section provides details on the information in the table and the links from it.

1.1 Table Links

The table provides links to a picture of the Sire from the the Sire's Name and the, most recent, season page for the Sire's Sire from it's name in the second column.

1.2 Table Information

Much of the information in the table is self explanatory but a few items need to be noted. The first column gives the horses name and it's height were available. For example the sire Acclamation is 16 hands high as given in the table. See the glossary section on this site if you require an explanation of the use of 'hands' in denoting a horse's height. In some cases the height is given in metres where the horse in at stud outside of the British & Ireland. For comparison 1.60 metres is equivalent to a hands heights of 15.3 (i.e. 160 centimetres is very close to the 63 inches that "15.3hh" represents).

The second column gives the sire's own sire.

The 'Location' column gives the Stud at which the sire stands when in Europe for the most part. Note that many of the Coolmore (Magnier, et al) and Darley (Maktoum family) sires will be 'Shuttle Sires' and will move to the Southern Hemisphere (usually Australia which ranks second only to the USA in the total number of foals produced each year) to cover mares outside of the European (i.e. Northern Hemisphere) breeding season. The thoroughbred horse has a gestation period of around 11 months which means that the covering season in the Northern Hemisphere encompasses the period from February through to June. This means the stallion can then be moved to the Southern Hemisphere to cover during their breeding season which is from August through to December. This six month relative 'shift' between the hemispheres means that a 3yo Australian bred sprinter born in, for example, October will be classed as a 4yo if it came to race in Britain because of our January 1st 'birthday' for all thoroughbreds. The Southern Hemisphere group birthday is on July 1st.

The 'Fee' column usually gives the cost of having a mare covered by the stallion in 2009 currently and not in 2006 when these sires first went to stud (in the Northern Hemisphere). Note that the widespread economic downturn in 2008 has affected thoroughbred breeding as well and many studs have downgraded all their sire covering fees to reflect the depressed economic market. Therefore a downgrade in covering fee for 2009 may not indicate a sire getting below average results, or getting elderly & unfashionable, as it normally would.

The 'Sales Average/Median' columns give information covering yearlings actually sold at major european sales in 2008. Yearlings which did not reach their reserve price (equals 'Not Sold' and the abbreviation 'ns' used on the B2yoR website) or were bought back by their owners (and therefore 'Retained' with 'rtnd' used as the B2yoR abbreviation) are not included.

For those who do not understand the term 'Median' a short description is useful. The Median figure is produced by ranking all the sire's yearling sales in a group from highest to lowest. The 'middle' figure down this ranking is then chosen as the Median figure. If there are an even number of figures in the list the middle two are chosen, added together and divided by two to get the Median. Why bother with a Median figure? The main reason is that averages can be misleading and distorted by a small number of notably high prices. If a sire has 5 yearlings sold, for example, and four sell for 10,000 gns and one sells for 60,000 gns the average figure is 20,000 gns but 80% of his yearlings made much less than that so it is not a representative figure. The median in the example would be a representative 10,000gns. Comparing the Average and Median figures for the sire gives an indication of how 'consistent' the sales prices were (how small the overall range was).

Note that the averages are given in the archaic 'Guineas' denomination because the major European Auction House (Tattersalls) still sell using them and in Britain this has long been the traditional unit of sale. The 'Guinea' is 'one pound and one shilling' in pre-metric British currency which equates to £1.05 now. Therefore, a sale at the level of "10,000 guineas" means a pounds sterling value of £10,500 prior to any sales taxes and other costs.

Note that the majority of European Sales now use the Euro (€) as the sales unit and reporting currency. The second biggest British based Auction House (Doncaster Bloodstock Sales) has recently linked up with the Irish based "Goffs" company and now sell in Euros.

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2. First Season Sires for 2009 - Summary Table
(YoB, Height)
By : 2yo Race Record Location 2009 Fee 
(2008 Fee if different)
2008 Sales Average in Gns (Number sold) 2008 Sales Median in Gns
Key Of Luck Won 2 from 2, both at 8f, in a Sep 26th maiden and the Group 3 Bresford Stakes at the Curragh on Oct 13th. Exported to Japan 3,165
(0 from 4 sold)
(2001, 15.3h)
Danzig Won 2 from 3 in a 7f maiden on May 14th & the 6f Group 2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh on June 29th. 11th of 12 in the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at 10/1 on Oct 18th. Coolmore Stud €5,000
(2000, 16.0h)
Nureyev Ran twice. Placed in 6f maidens at Salisbury & Newmarket on Sep 9 & Oct 3rd. Ballyhane Stud €4,000
Averti Won 3 from 4, all runs at 6f. Unplaced in Windsor maiden on Aug 12th debut. Won a maiden on Aug 29th, a Nursery off OR85 on Sep 13th & the Listed Rockingham Stakes at York on Oct 12th. Whitsbury Manor £3,500
(2001, 16.1h)
Night Shift Won 2 from 2. A 7f maiden on Sep 14th & the 8f Group 2 Beresford Stakes at the Curragh on Oct 12th. Gilltown Stud €15,000
(2002, 15.3h)
Danehill Won 1 from 2 in a 6f maiden on debut on July 17th. 3rd of 5 in a 7f conditions race on Sep 8th. Morristown Lattin Stud €4,000 16,522
(2001, 16.0h)
Fasliyev Won 2 from 5 in France. Began career with places in 6f Listed & Group 3 events on Aug 9th & Oct 1st. Then won Listed races over 5-6f by Nov 12th either side of a second place in the 6f Group 2 Criterium De Maisons Lafitte behind Whipper (q.v.). Tally-Ho Stud €5,000
Danzig Won 2 from 3 runs, all at 6f, in an Aug 2nd Newmarket maiden & the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes on Aug 21st. Fourth, at 6/1, in the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes to Oasis Dream on October 3rd Haras du Logis €4,500 24,813
(2000, 16.15h)
Sadler's Wells Dalham Hall Stud £5,000
Dubai Millennium Won 3 from 3 in a 6f maiden on June 4th, the 7f Group 3 Superlative Stakes on July 8th & the 7f Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh on Sep 19th. Dalham Hall Stud £15,000
(1999, 15.3h)
Charnwood Forest Won 4 from 6 starting in 5f maiden & conditions races on May 22nd & June 5th. Won the 6f Group 3 Prix de Cabourg on Aug 4th and the 6f Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes (from the still active Irony) on Sep 21st. Also placed in the 6f Coventry Stakes & 4th in the Group 1 Prix Morny (with still active Whitbarrow behind) Bearstone Stud £3,000
(2002, 16.1h)
Giant's Causeway Won 2 from 2 in a 6f maiden on Oct 17th & the 7f Group 3 Killavullen Stakes, from nonentities, eight days later. Coolmore Stud €12,500
Kingmambo Won 2 from 5 in a York 7f maiden on Sep 4th & the 7f Group 3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket on Oct 2nd. 14th of 16 in the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes later that month & 3rd of 5 in an 8f Group 1 in France on Nov 2nd. Hyde Park Stud €3,500 7,475
(2000, 16.0h)
Efisio Raced in Italy, won a 5.5f Listed race at Capanelle. Died 2008
(Rathbarry Stud)
In The Wings Won 1 from 4 in an 8f Goddwod maiden on Sep 26th after prior 2nd places in 7f conditions & Listed races ((to later older Grade 1 winner Right Approach & multiple Ayr Gold Cup winner Funfair Wane). 4th of 8 in a sub-standard Italian Group 1 Gran Criterium over 8f later. Gestut Graditz €3,750 11,194
(1999, 16.1h)
Nureyev Won 2 from 4 in a 6f maiden on May 26th debut & 6f Group 3 July Stakes on July 11th. Also placed in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes (as 2/1f) and the 6f Group 1 Prix Morny. Haras du Petit Tellier €4,000
(2002, 16.0h)
Montjeu Won 2 from 2, both over 8f, in a Newmarket maiden on Aug 13th & the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy on Oct 23rd. Royal Studs, Norfolk £10,000
(2002, 15.3h)
Danehill Won 4 from 7 in a 6f maiden on May 29th debut, 6.3f Group 3 Anglesey Stakes July 18th, 7f Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh on Aug 21st & the 7f Group 1 Prix Legadere on October 3rd. Also placed second in the 6f Group 1 Phoenix Stakes & the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes (to Shamardal q.v.). Unplaced in the Coventry Stakes. Coolmore Stud €17,500
Bahamian Bounty Won 3 from 4, all at 6f, in a July 25th maiden, conditions event on Aug 10th and the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes. Placed second debut at 33/1. The National Stud £4,500 16,351
(2001, 15.3)
Peintre Celebre Won 4 from 6 in a 6f maiden May 24th, 7f Listed Chesham Stakes June 18th, 7f Group 2 Futurity Stakes Aug 23rd & the 8f Group 1 Gran Criterium in Milan on Oct 19th. Died 2007
(Oak Lodge Stud)
(1999, 16.1h)
Polish Precedent Raced in Italy winning two races over 8f. Irish National Stud €5,000
(2002, 16.1h)
Danehill Won 3 from 8, all at 5f, in his first three races in a March 21st maiden, May 3rd conditions event and the Listed Marble Hill Stakes on May 22nd. Placed 4 times later, 3 in Group 1 races, in Ireland & France over 6-7f. Haras La Haie Neuve €3,000
SHAMARDAL Giant's Causeway Won 3 from 3 in a 6f maiden on July 16th, 7f Group 2 Vintage Stakes July 28th & the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes on Oct 16th. Nominated Champion European 2yo. Kildangan Stud €20,000
(2000, 16.2h)
Soviet Star Raced in New Zealand achieving 2 places in 3 juvenile runs.  Arrowfield Stud,
AS$33,000 28,322
(2000, 16.1h)
Zafonic Won 1 from 3, all at 7f, in a Newbury maiden on his second start on Sep 21st. 3rd on his debut at Newmarket on Aug 23rd and later 3rd in the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes on Oct 19th. Tweenhills Stud £3,000
(2000, 16.0h)
Llandaff Raced in France. Haras du Petit Tellier €3,000 13,927
(2001, 16.0h)
Miesque's Son Won 3 from 5 in the 5.5f Group 1 Prix Morny on Aug 31st & the 6f Group 2 Criterium de Maisons Laffitte on Oct 31st. Unplaced in three other Group races at 5-6f between Jul 5th & Oct 3rd including 4th in the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes. Ballylinch Stud €12,000 41,221
(2000, 16.3)
Zafonic Won 2 from 6 in a 6f Salisbury maiden on July 26th & the 6f Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes. 5th in the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes & 4th in the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes in October to finish his season. Overbury Stud £3,000 11,779
SIRE By : 2yo Race Record Location 2009 Fee
(2008 Fee if Different)
European 2008 Sales Average in gns (#; Median) US 2008 Sales Average in $ (Median)
EUROSILVER Unbridled's Song Dromoland Stud $10,000

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