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12th March, 2010.
First Season Sires for 2010 - Background Information
  1. Explanation of Table Information and Links
    1. Links
    2. Table Information
  2. First Season Sires for 2010 - 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 2010 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 2010 and not in 2007 when these sires first went to stud (in the Northern Hemisphere). Note that the widespread economic downturn since 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 2010 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 2009. 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 list 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-decimal 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 Pounds Sterling (£GBP).

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2. First Season Sires for 2010 - Summary Table
(YoB, Height)
By : 2yo Race Record Location 2010 Fee  2009 Sales Average in Gns (Number sold) 2009 Sales Median in Gns
(2002, 15.35hh, 1.61m)
Danzig Won 3 from 3 in 6f Irish maiden on Sept. 5th, 6f Listed race at the Curragh on Sept.19th and the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes on Oct. 1st beating Rebuttal & Iceman. Coolmore Stud €5,000 17,465 (Colts, 25)
12,085 (Fills., 28)
12,360 (c)
4,200 (f)

B2yoR Page

Mull Of Kintyre Won 1 from 4 in a 7f Newmarket maiden on July 29th debut. Placed in the 7f Listed Acomb Stakes & 7f Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes. Plantaton Stud (Private) 14,888 (C, 19)
26,175 (F, 15)
9,000 (c)
10,300 (f)
(2003, 15.25h, 1.58m)

B2yoR Page

Danehill Won 2 from 4 in a 6f maiden at the Curragh on June 25th & 7f Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket on Sept. 29th beating Killybegs & Stepping Up Coolmore Stud €6,000 29,028 (C, 35)
 23,183 (F, 15)
18,540 (c)
13,390 (f)

2yo Pic

Stravinsky Won 3 of 6 & awarded the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes on the disqualification of Three Valleys for testing positive for a banned substance. Previously won a 6f Doncaster maiden and a 6f Newmarket Novice event in July & the 6f Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes in August. Unplaced in the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes on his final juvenile start. Tara Stud €4,000 23,903 (C, 8)
3,275 (F, 3)
6,590 (c)
1,000 (f)
2yo Pic
Pic with Balmont on
their Debuts
Green Desert Won 2 from 4 in a 6f Newmarket maiden on his debut (beating Balmont) & the 6f Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes. Between those wins placed 3rd in the 6f Group 2 pair of the July Stakes at Newmarket & the Gimcrack Stakes at York (to Balmont) Dalham Hall Stud
£4,000 11,015 (C, 11)
10,544 (F, 17)
5,665 (c)
5,000 (f)
Danehill Unraced as a 2yo and made his debut on April 14th as a 3yo winning a 7f event for unraced horses. Banstead Manor Stud (Private)
48,375 (All, 14)
(2001, 16.0h)
Green Desert Trained in France and won 3 from 3 in a 7f maiden for unraced horses at Deauville on July 6th, 7f event at the same course in August and the 7f Group 3 Prix La Rochette at Longchamp in September. Ballyhane Stud €5,000 15,646 (C, 44)
9,724 (F, 24)
10,815 (c)
4,500 (f)

B2yoR Page
3yo Pic

Danehill Won 4 from 5. Finished 3rd in a 5f Newmarket maiden on his May 1st debut. Won a 6f Curragh maiden later in the month followed by three later runs at the same course. Won the Group 2 6f Railway Stakes, 6f Group 1 Phoenix Stakes & the 7f Group 1 National Stakes by Sept. 18th. Coolmore Stud in 2007 but proved mostly infertile.
Only 1 offspring, a filly, in training with R. Hannon.
Died in 2007 329,600 (F, 1) N/A
(2004, 15.25h, 1.58m)

B2yoR Page
2yo Pic

Danehill Won 4 from 7 as a 2yo in a 6f Leopardstown Maiden on his June 7th Debut, the 6f Group 3 Railway Stakes, 6f Group 1 Phoenix Stakes & the 7f Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Beaten into second by Teofilio in the 7f Group 1 pair of the National Stakes & Dewhurst Stakes. Only unplaced run in the 6f Group 2 Coventry Stakes 13 days after his debut success.
[In training for the start of his 3yo season when abruptly retired and immediately sent to stud duties. Effectively to replace George Washington (another son of Danehill) who had proved infertile].
Coolmore Stud €17,500 73,164 (C, 26)
64,755 (F, 26)
70,170 (c)
28,500 (f)
(2002,  16.0hh, 1.63m)
Montjeu Trained in France by A. Fabre & won his only 2yo start in a 9f event for unraced horses on October 21st. Coolmore Stud €17,500 83,530 (C, 39)
45,760 (F, 43)
55,000 (c)
30,000 (f)
Polar Falcon Won 2 from 6 as a 2yo. 2nd on his May 4th debut at Bath over 5f. Won next two runs in a 6f Maiden at Newbury on May 15th and the 6f Group 2 Coventry Stakes (beating Council member & Capable Guest).
 Returned in Sept. to place second in the 7f Group 2 Champagne Stakes and then 3rd in the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes (to Ad Valorem). Final juvenile outing when 4th in the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes (to Shamardal).
(Cheveley Park Stud) Died 2008
13,516 (C, 36)
7,032 (F, 26)
9,528 (c)
5,923 (f)
Zafonic Ran twice as a juvenile finishing 3rd in a 7f maiden on his August 29th debut (with Derby winner North Light in 2nd & Group 2 winner Maraahel in 4th). Successful in a 7f maiden at Warwick on September 20th as 4/7 favourite. Kildangan Stud
€6,000 39,241 (C, 36)
21,002 (F, 36)
33,480 (c)
14,250 (f)
Danehill Dancer Won 1 of his 7 juvenile outings, all in Ireland. 4th on his debut on April 10th over 5f at Cork & successful in his second run in a 7f maiden at the Curragh on June 25th. 
Placed over 6f at Group 3 level in the Anglesey Stakes (behind Oratorio) & the Round Tower Stakes and also finished second in the 6f Goffs Million sales race (to Beaver Patrol). 
Bearstone Stud £3,000 13,743 (C, 19)
8,439 (F, 14)
9,270 (c)
8,498 (f)
(2003, 15.3h, 1.60m)

B2yoR Page
2yo Pic

Danehill Won 2 of his 6 juvenile runs. Placed 2nd on his May 14th debut over 6f in a Newbury maiden. Won his next two races in a 6f maiden at Leopardstown & the 6f Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket (beating Northern Empire).
Ran in three Group 1 races afterwards starting with a 2nd (to Silca's Sister) in the 6f Prix Morny at Deauville. Later 4th in the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes and unplaced over 8.5f in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park.
Coolmore Stud €3,000 10,639 (C, 19)
5,432 (F, 12)
7,210 (c)
5,250 (f)
(2001, 16.0hh)
Danehill Ran once as a juvenile finishing 3rd in a 6f Newmarket maiden on July 19th (behind Oman Gulf & Master David) Tally-Ho Stud €4,000 14,622 (C, 23)
15,569 (F, 11)
10,000 (c)
12,360 (f)
Danzig Won 2 from 3 as a juvenile. Successful in a 7f Newmarket maiden on his July 16th debut and then won a 7f Conditions race at Doncaster in September.
Placed 5th in the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes (to Shamardal) on his last run.
Haras du Logis (Darley) €7,000 14,355 (C, 23)
15,793 (F, 22)
14,420 (c)
7,105 (f)
Royal Applause Won 4 from 6 as a juvenile having placed second on his debut over 5f on June 16th. Successful over 5f in a maiden and then a conditions race followed by the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes and also the Group 3 Cornwallis Takes. 
Unplaced on his sole run over 6f in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes.
Ballyhane Stud €3,000
11,175  (All, 26)

2yo Pic

Alhaarth Ran once as a juvenile when 2nd in a 7f maiden at Salisbury on June 27th (by a head to Norse Dancer). The National Stud £2,500 7,185 (C, 3)
4,893 (F, 4)
5,150 (c)
3,863 (f)
King's Best Ran once at 2yo when successful in an 8f maiden at Newmarket on the 15th of October. Overbury Stud £3,000 11,990 (C, 18)
8,548 (F, 10)
8,601 (c)
8,548 (f)
Monsun Trained in Germany & unraced as a juvenile. Made his racecourse debut as 3yo when runner-up in an 11f maiden on March 27th at Krefeld. Dalham Hall Stud
£10,000 67,413 (C, 57)
41,656 (F, 21)
50,000 (c)
30,900 (f)
Indian Ridge Unraced as a 2yo. Made his racecourse debut on October 11th of his 3yo season when successful in an 8.3f maiden at Windsor. Tweenhills Stud £4,000 11,509 (C, 30)
11,569 (F, 19)
7,210 (c)
13,000 (f)
Makbul Won 2 from 3 as a 2yo starting with a win on debut in a 6f Auction race at Nottingham on August 19th. Unplaced in the 6f St Leger Sales Race on his second run and then won a 6f Listed race in France on November 13th. Longdon Stud £2,500
5,986  (All, 7)

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