BRITISH 2yo RACING


First Season Sires for 2015 -
Background Information



Article 15_001_1
1st January, 2015

            1. Explanation of Table Information and Links
              1. Links
              2. Table Information
            2. First Season Sires for 2015 - 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 2015 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 2015 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 horse's name, Year of Birth and it's height. For example the sire Dick Turpin is 16.1 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 2012 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 2010-14 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 2014. 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 2015 - Summary Table

SIRE
(YoB, Height)
By :
2yo Race Record
Location 2014 Fee 2014 Sales Average in Gns (Number sold) 2014 Sales Median in Gns
CANFORD CLIFFS
(2007, 16.05hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Tagula Won both of his outings as a juvenile beginning with a 6f Maiden in mid-May at Newbury, an event the trainer regularly used to debut his best 2yos. Comfortably won a middling quality 6f Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on his later run.

Coolmore 12,500 48,104

(96 of 113)
30,075
DICK TURPIN
(2007, 16.1hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Arakan Won the first 4 of his 6 starts as a juvenile beginning with a 6f maiden on June 8th. Followed that with successes in July in a 6f Novice event and the 6f Group 2 Richmond Stakes beating Buzzword in a lower quality edition. Fourth victory when winning the valuable 6f Sales Race in Ireland, for graduates of the Sale he sold at as a yearling, from a handicap quality field. Then ran 5th of 7 in a 7f Group 1 in France (behind Siyouni) & finished the season with a 6th of 15, at 8/1, in the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes behind 33/1 winner Beethoven.

National Stud 4,000 18,328

(28 of 41)
14,286
DREAM AHEAD
(2008, 16.1hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Diktat Successful in the first 3 of his 4 starts as a juvenile beginning with a 6f maiden on July 16th by a wide margin (Picture). Followed that with a pair of 6f Group 1 wins in the Prix Morny (from Tin Horse) & the Middle Park Stakes (by 9 lengths from Strong Suit). Stepped up to 7f for the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes for his last run, when that race sufficiently well spaced from the Middle Park to allow horses to run in both. Started 5/2 second favourite to Frankel but never looked comfortable on the going and ran below his best form.

Ballylinch 15,000 70,375

(75 of 93)
45,113
DREAM EATER
(2005, 16.1hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Night Shift Ran 8 times as a 2yo for a single success in the very valuable 6.5f St Leger 2yo Stakes at Doncaster from Achilles Of Troy. Prior to that sole victory he had been placed in three 6f maidens plus a 7f Nursery off OR97, finished 4th in the 5f Listed Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot and unplaced in the 6f Group 2 July Stakes. Final start that year when 6th of 9 in the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes behind Dark Angel.

Vauterhill 800 762

(1)
762
EASTERN ANTHEM
(2004, 16.3hh)

Race Picture
B2yoR Page
Singspiel Won his only start as a juvenile in an 8f maiden in mid-October.

Withyslade 2,000 -
(0)
-
ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL
(2007, 16.3hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Elusive Quality Successful in the first 2 of his 3 runs as a juvenile. Won the important 7f maiden at Newmarket's July Meeting on debut defeating two subsequent 2yo Group winners in a big field. Second time out won the 7f Group 3 Acomb Stakes with his placed horses being the pair of later Group winners who had been third & fourth behind him in the maiden win (with Grade 1 winner Vale Of York unplaced). Finished second on his final outing as a 2yo in the 8f Group 1 Racing Post Trophy behind St Nicholas Abbey.

Irish National 1,000 9,114

(21 of 28)
4,571
FROZEN FIRE
(2005, 16.1hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Montjeu As a juvenile won the first of his 2 starts in a 7f maiden in early August. Unplaced on his later run in the 8f Group 1 Racing Post Trophy as the stable first string at 5/1. Coolagown 3,000 5,933

(4 of 6)
6,508
FROZEN POWER
(2007, 15.3hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
1yo Picture
Oasis Dream Won 3 of his 6 starts as a juvenile. Began with a debut 4th in a 6f maiden in July then won a similar event later that month. Followed that with successes in a 7f Nursery (OR81) and a 7f Listed race in France. Unplaced on his last 2 starts at 2yo in the 8f Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes, as the joint favourite, and an 8f Listed event.

Ballyhane 3,500 16,572

(92 of 114)
10,714
GEORDIELAND
(2001, 16.3hh)
Stud Picture
Johann Quatz Ran 3 times as a juvenile achieving two places in late season maidens over 9f. Beech Tree 1,500 5,536

(4 of 7)
5,537
LILBOURNE LAD
(2009, 15.3hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Acclamation Only raced as a juvenile winning 3 of his 8 starts beginning with a 5f maiden on his mid-April debut. Followed that with a second in a 6f Novice event prior to a pair of 6f successes in Ireland in a Listed race and the 6f Group 2 Railway Stakes, beating Tough As Nails & French Emperor. Placed twice in his later outings with seconds in the 6f pair of the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes (behind Caspar Netscher) & the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes (to Crusade). Finished 4th in his other two outings in the 5f Group 2 Flying Childers & the 6f Group 1 Phoenix Stakes.

Rathbarry 7,500 31,663

(84 of 107)
20,025
MASTEROFTHEHORSE
(2006, 16.1hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Sadler's Wells Won 1 of his 4 starts as a juvenile in an 8f maiden in early August on his second start having been placed in a similar event in late July on his debut. Followed that with a 3rd of 6, as favourite, in the 8f Group 2 Beresford Stakes (to Sea The Stars). Only managed 11th of 15 in a muddling 8f Group 1 Racing Post Trophy, as second favourite, on his final start as a 2yo.

Annshoon 2,000 4,762

(1 of 4)
4,762
POET'S VOICE
(2007, 16.2hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Dubawi Won 2 of his 5 starts as a juvenile and began that season with a 3rd of 15 in a high quality 7f maiden in July. Successful by 10 lengths in a 7f Novice event later that month then finished 3rd in the 7f Group 3 Acomb Stakes in August. Won the 7f Group 2 Champagne Stakes (beating Viscount Nelson) at the St Leger meeting next time. Only 4th of 5 on his last start when dropped in distance to the 6f Group 1 Middle Park Stakes (behind Awzaan).

Dalham Hall
(Darley)
12,000 98,717

(55 of 69)
67,460
POUR MOI
(2008, 15.3hh)

Stud Picture
Montjeu Won the second of his two outings as a juvenile in a 9f maiden at Longchamp in late October. Only 8th of 10 on debut in an 8f maiden at Fontainebleau in late September.

Coolmore 12,500 73,324

(44 of 65)
55,347
RODERIC O'CONNOR
(2008, 16.0hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Galileo Won 2 of his 4 starts as a juvenile and began that season with a third place in a 7f maiden in June. Won a similar event later that month then a long break until his third run in mid-October when 2nd of 6 in the 7f Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes (behind Frankel). Later that month won the 8f Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud from a notably sub-standard field.

Ballyhane 9,000 15,585

(58 of 80)
16,140
SHAKESPEAREAN
(2007, 1.67m)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Shamardal Won 3 of his 6 runs as a juvenile starting with a 6f maiden sucess on debut in late May. Followed that win with a 5th of 16 in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and a 3rd of 8 in the 7f Group 2 Superlative Stakes (behind Silver Grecian). Next time out won the 7f Group 3 Solario Stakes then went to Ireland to win the Goffs Million Mile Sales race which had a Penalty Value to the winner at 956,000. Unplaced on his final outing when 6th in the 8f Group 1 Racing Post Trophy behind St Nicholas Abbey.

Haras de la Hetraie 2,500 8,730

(5 of 15)
Median in Gns
WOOTTON BASSETT
(2008, 16.15hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
2yo Picture
Iffraaj Won all five of his juvenile starts. Began with a debut success in a 6f maiden in mid-June followed by a 6f Novice event. Went chasing the valuable Sales and Auction races in his next two races winning over 300,000 for defeating Galtymore Lad twice over 6f & 6.5f. On his final outing won the 7f Group 1 race on the 'Arc' card beating Tin Horse, Maiguri & Moonlight Cloud.

Haras D'Etreham 4,000 40,134

(11 of 15)
25,397
ZOFFANY
(2008, 16.0hh)

Stud Picture
B2yoR Page
Dansili Successful in 5 of his 7 starts as a juvenile beginning with wins in a 6f maiden in mid-April and a minor 6f event in May. 6th in the 6f Group 2 Coventry Stakes on his third run then won his next three races in Ireland. That run began with a 7f Listed event, then a 7f Group 3 and finally the 6f Group 1 Phoenix Stakes (from Glor Na Mara). Finished 3rd of 9, as favourite, on his final outing at 2yo in the 7f Group 1 National Stakes behind Pathfork.

Coolmore 7,500 48,490

(96 of 111)
23,810
SIRE
(YoB, Height)

(Selected US based)
By :
2yo Race Record
Location 2014 Fee 2014 Sales Average in $US (Number sold) 2014 Sales Median in $US
CAPE BLANCO
(2007, 16.1hh)

Stud Picture
Galileo Successful in all three of his starts as a juvenile beginning with a 7f maiden on June 10th. Won an Irish 7f Group 3 in July and then the 7f Group 2 Futurity Stakes in August.

Coolmore,
Ashford KY
$15,000 (US Sales) 38,606gns
(75 of 105)

(Europe Sales) 86,570gns
(11 of 17)
(US) 25,818gns


(Europe) 45,113gns
DROSSELMEYER
(2007)

Stud Picture
Distorted Humor Won 1 of his 4 races as a juvenile in an 8f maiden and placed on his other starts. Earned $52,000 in Prize Money that season.

Winstar $15,000 60,647
(58)
40,000
GIO PONTI
(2005, 16.15hh)

Stud Picture
Tale Of The Cat Successful in 2 of his 3 juvenile starts in a 7f maiden and an 8.5f minor Stakes event. Both races on Turf and earned $120,000.

Castleton Lyons $15,000 93,348
(66)
75,000
LOHNRO
(1998, 16.1hh)

Stud Picture
Octagonal [Note:- Not a Career First Season Sire having already developed a successful Stud Record in Australia where he has been Champion Sire. Included here because Darley shuttled him to stand in Kentucky from 2012 and 2015 will see his first 2yos bred to the Northern Hemisphere breeding season time.]

Won 2 of his 5 starts as a juvenile including a 5.5f Grade 3 event.

Darley KY $30,000 35,305gns
(27 of 47)
26,965gns
UNCLE MO
(2008, 16.2hh)

Stud Picture
Indian Charlie Won all 3 runs as a juvenile beginning with a 6f maiden in late August. Followed that with successes in the 8f Grade 1 Champagne Stakes and the 8.5f Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Coolmore,
Ashford KY
$27,500 108,642
(106)
75,000

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