BRITISH 2yo RACING


First Season Sires for 2014 -
Background Information



Article 14_001_1
1st January, 2014

        1. Explanation of Table Information and Links
          1. Links
          2. Table Information
        2. First Season Sires for 2014 - 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 2014 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 the 2014 Season Page for the Sire from the Sire's Name, along with a link to a Stud Picture of the subject Sire. The Sire Name of the subject sire's own sire in the second column links to the, most recent, B2yoR Season Page for that sire. The 'Stud Name' in the fourth column opens a new, separate, Browser Tab or Window with the Homepage for that Stud.

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 where available. For example the sire Alfred Nobel is 16.0 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 is at stud outside of Britain & 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 subject 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 2014 and not in 2011 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 most studs have downgraded all their sire covering fees to reflect the depressed economic market. Therefore a downgrade in covering fee during the 2010-3 period 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 2013. 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 for the 'usual' offspring of the sire. The one that made 60,000gns would have almost certainly been a better physical specimen and better than the normal level from an early age. 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) while Goffs use Euros for their Irish sales and British Pounds for their Kempton Breeze-up Sale..

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2. First Season Sires for 2014 - Summary Table

SIRE
(YoB, Height)
By :
2yo Race Record
Location 2014 Fee 2013 Sales Average in Gns (Number sold) 2013 Sales Median in Gns
ALEXANDROS
(2005, 1.62m)
Stud Picture
Kingmambo Trained by Andre Fabre in France as a juvenile and won three of his five outings that season. Successful in a 7f maiden in June and a 7f Listed event later that month and a 6f Group 3 in July. Placed third on his last juvenile run in the 6f Group 1 Prix Morny, behind Myboycharlie & Natagora. Haras du Logis (Darley) 3,000 10,485 (10) 8,904
ALFRED NOBEL
(2007, 16.0hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Danehill Dancer Cost 220,000gns as a yearling and trainer by Aiden O'Brien. Ran eight times as a juvenile for three wins. Began that season with places in 5f & 6f maidens in April & May before success in a 7f maiden at the end of May. Followed that with wins in the 6f pair of the Group 2 Railway Stakes and then the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the end of July (beating Air Chief Marshal). Finished that season with three unplaced runs in the 7f Group 1 National Stakes, 7f Tattersalls Millions Sales race and the 8.5f Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile on the Pro-Ride surface of Santa Anita. Coolmore 4,000 12,013 (36) 8,324
APPROVE
(2008, 15.3hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Oasis Dream Only ran as a juvenile when he was successful in three of his ten outings. Began his career with a place in a 5f maiden in May and won a similar event later that month. Ran in Listed or Group events after that including wins in the 5f Group Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and the 6f Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes in August. Also placed in the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes, behind Dream Ahead, and the 7f Group 2 Champagne Stakes. Morristown Lattin (Ire) 5,000 21,684 (66) 15,838
ARABIAN GLEAM
(2004, 16.1hh)
Stud Picture
Kyllachy Cost 26,000gns as a foal and 50,000gns as a yearling. Owned by Saeed Suhail and trained by Jeremy Noseda. Unraced as a juvenile. Hedgeholme 2,000 781 (4) 781
ARCANO
(2007, 15.3hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Oasis Dream Cost 95,000gns as a yearling. Owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum and trained by Brian Meehan. Successful in all three starts as a juvenile beginning with a 6f maiden in June. Then won the 6f Group 2 July Stakes (from Orpen Grey) and the 6f Group 1 Prix Morny in August (beating Special Duty). Derrinstown (Shadwell) 6,000 35,487 (54) 24,114
BLAME
(2006, 16.1hh)
Stud Picture
Arch Owner bred in the US by Adele Dilschneider & Clairborne Farm. Trained by Albert Stall. Successful in one of his two juvenile starts when winning a 7f maiden at Keeneland. Claiborne
Kentucky
$30,000 $182,512 (41) $170,000
EQUIANO
(2005, 15.35hh)
Stud Picture
Acclamation Cost 26,000 as a foal at the Arqana Deauville sales and exported to Spain. Trained in Spain by M Delcher-Sanchez.as a juvenile starting with a place in a 4f maiden in May. Later won two 7f events in Spain and finished that season with a third place in the 6f Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte. Newsells Park 8,000 34,834 (66) 27,360
FAST COMPANY
(2005, 16.1hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Danehill Dancer Cost 54,000gns as a foal and 140,000gns as a yearling. Trained by Brian Meehan for all three starts. Only ran as a juvenile winning two of three outings beginning with a 7f maiden in mid-July. In August successful in the 7f Group 3 Acomb Stakes beating Lucifer Sam and Without A Prayer. Bought by Godolphin after that win and sole later run when second in the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes, behind New Approach but beating Raven's Pass & Rio De La Plata. Rathasker 5,000 27,401 (76) 15,873
GETAWAY
(2003 foal.)
Race Picture
Monsun Owner bred by G Ullman in Germany and trained by J Hirschberger. Unraced as a juvenile. Coolmore NH 3,500 10,916 (10) 6,078
HELLVELYN
(2004, 16.1hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Ishiguru Ran five times as a juvenile winning the first 3 starts. Successful in a 5f maiden on debut on April 6th followed by a 6f Conditions Stakes in May and the 6f Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. Later finished second to Holy Roman Emperor in the 6f Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and fourth of six, to Dutch Art, in the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes. Bucklands 2,500 9,734 (23) 8,571
LE CADRE NOIR
(2004,16.0hh)
Stud Picture
Danetime Owner Bred in Italy by R Angioli and trained by A. Renzoni. Placed in maidens over 6f and 8f in Italy as a juvenile. Sweep Lane (Ire) 2,500 5,548 (8) 2,555
LOOKIN AT LUCKY
(2007, 16.15hh)
Stud Picture
Smart Strike Successful in five of his six outings as a juvenile beginning with victory in a 6f maiden. Later won a Grade 2 over 6.5f and a Grade 1 over 7f. Followed that with a pair of 8.5f Grade successes and then second in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile over the same distance (behind Vale Of York). Ashford, Kentucky (Coolmore) $15,000 $83,252 (58) $67,500
LOPE DE VEGA
(2007, 1.63)
Stud Picture
Shamardal Won two of his three starts as a juvenile in an 8f maiden in late August and a 7f minor event in September. Fourth of nine in his other run in the 7f Group1 on 'Arc' Day, as the 7/4 favourite. Ballylinch 12,500 48,888 (55) 27,875
LORD SHANAKILL
(2006, 16.0hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Speightstown Ran eight times as a juvenile for two wins and 5 places. Successful in a 6f maiden in mid May, having been placed on his 5f debut in April, and the 6f Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes. Placed in the Coventry, Richmond, Prix Morny and the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes. Beaten a nose in a four-way photo finish in the last of those events. Irish National 5,000 24,323 (45) 15,000
MAKFI
(2007, 16.0hh)
Stud Picture
Dubawi Owner bred by Hamdan al Maktoum but sold off at the end of his 2yo season for 26,000gns. He had been in training with Marcus Tregoning at 2yo but the Shadwell team took the decision to 'cull' him unraced at the Tattersalls 'October Horses in Training' Sales. Bought by French trainer M. Delzangles who was specifically looking for a son of Dubawi at the Sale. Mr Delzangles ran him in a 7f maiden in France on November 27th which he won. Tweenhills 25,000 65,699 (55) 41,132
MAWATHEEQ
(2005 foal, 16.1hh)
Stud Picture
Danzig Unraced as a juvenile. Nunnery (Shadwell) 4,000 8,192 (14) 6,621
MULLIONMILEANHOUR
(2006, 16.0hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Mull Of Kintyre Ran twice as a juvenile winning a 5f maiden in April on Polytrack. Followed that with a third place in the Listed 5f Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. Hedgeholme 1,250 6,286 (3) 2,857
PACO BOY
(2005, 15.35hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Desert Style Ran three times as a juvenile beginning with a place in a 6f maiden in early September then winning a similar event later that month. Final run when winning a 6f, all-aged, Conditions event in November. Highclere 8,000 31,847 (59) 26,000
RIP VAN WINKLE
(2006,16.05hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Galileo Won two of his three starts as a juvenile in a 7f maiden in June and the 7f Group 3 Tyros Stakes in July. 7th of 13 in his final outing that year when 6/4 favourite for the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes. That a muddling race and only beaten 2 lengths. Coolmore 20,000 70,439 (60) 46,458
SHOWCASING
(2007, 16.05hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Oasis Dream Successful in two of his four runs as a juvenile in a 6f maiden in July and the 6f Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes in August. 3rd of 5 runners in his final outing that year in the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes behind Awzaan. Whitsbury Manor 4,500 23,810 (43) 15,000
STARSPANGLEDBANNER
(2006 foal)
Stud Picture
Choisir Trained in Australia by Leo Costens. Ran four times as a juvenile with one win in a valuable 5f conditions event. Rosemont (Aus) o/a 36,862 (19) 23,229
STIMULATION
(2005, 16.05hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Choisir Won one of his three starts as a juvenile in a 6f maiden on his later September debut. Followed that with a pair of second places over 7f in a conditions race and the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes. Llety 3,000 13,046 (28) 6,500
VALE OF YORK
(2007, 1.65m)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Invincible Spirit Successful in three of his six juvenile runs beginning with a 7f maiden on his late July debut. In September won a 7f Listed event at Goodwood and placed third in the 8f Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes, behind Joshua Tree. Finished his first season with a second to Hearts Of Fire in the 8f Gran Criterium in Italy and a win, at 25/1, in the 8.5f Breeders' Cup Juvenile on the Pro-Ride surface. Kildangan (Darley) 3,000 17,595 (53) 11,614
ZEBEDEE
(2008, 15.3hh)
Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Invincible Spirit Only raced as a juvenile when he won six of his seven outings starting with a 5f maiden in mid April. Sole defeat on his third run when 5th in the 5f Group 2 Norfolk Stakes, behind Approve. Subsequently won the 5f Group 2 Molecomb Stakes, from Stone Of Folca and the 5f Group 2 Flying Childers defeating Dinkum Diamond. Won his only run at 6f in a middling quality Sales Race at Newmarket. Decision taken to accept an offer to go to stud rather than race on as a 3yo and older. Tally Ho 5,000 28,651 (79) 19,048

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