Leaving on a jet plane: Northern Hemisphere fees released

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Coolmore have confirmed that dual Group 1 winning sprinter Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock) will be on the plane back to the Northern Hemisphere in December, joining the Coolmore Ireland lineup at a fee of €20,000 (A$30,000).

The son of Fastnet Rock took out the G1 Coolmore Stud S. in 2017, before defeating the best of Britain in the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. earlier this year at Royal Ascot. He is currently serving a full book in his first season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $55,000 inc. GST.

New to the Coolmore roster is Merchant Navy

Also new to the Coolmore roster is Everest runner U S Navy Flag (War Front {USA}), European Champion 2-Year-Old and impressive winner of the July Cup, standing his first season for €25,000 (A$40,000). Saxon Warrior (IRE) (Deep Impact {JPN}), winner of the G1 Racing Post Trophy and G1 2000 Guineas, will become the first son of Deep Impact (JPN) to stand at Coolmore, launching at €30,000 (A$47,000).

No Nay Never (USA) (Scat Daddy {USA}) has seen a significant fee increase from €25,000 ($39,000) to €100,000 ($156,000) following on from the exploits of his first crop which included six stakeswinners, headed by G1 winner Ten Sovereigns (IRE).

Australian natives to join Merchant Navy on the trip back to Ireland include his sire Fastnet Rock (€70,000. A$110,000), Pride of Dubai (€12,500, A$20,000) and Starspangledbanner (€17,500, A$27,000).

Fastnet Rock will be returning to Ireland for the Northern season

Big tick of approval for Almanzor’s sire

Exciting Cambridge Stud shuttle sire Almanzor (FR) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) put his sire’s name up in lights as a three-time Group 1 winner in his first crop. Despite leaving only 23 live foals in his first season, Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj {IRE}) had 13 winners and 2 stakeswinners including Almanzor, the Champion 3YO in Europe, Ireland and France.

Wootton Bassett's roll has continued into the 2018 season with a crop of 40 two-year-olds already producing G3-winner The Black Album and stakes placed Beat Le Bon. This success has resulted in a doubling of his fee from €20,000 (A$30,000) to €40,000 (A$63,000) for the 2019 season.


“He is a great horse to do anything with, very relaxed in the environment at Cambridge and very fertile." Henry Plumptre, Cambridge Stud, on shuttler Alamanzor

Henry Plumptre, Cambridge Stud CEO, was delighted with the continued results of Wootton Bassett, which added to the confidence the farm had in his first sire son.

“We are naturally delighted for Nicolas and Haras d’Etreham that Wootton Bassett has taken off because it underpins our faith in Almanzor and the support we have received from New Zealand breeders,” Plumptre said.

“He is a great horse to do anything with, very relaxed in the environment at Cambridge and very fertile. We have been delighted with the support for him from both shareholders and breeders who took nominations.”

Watch: Nicolas de Chambure on the Etreham 2019 Stud Fees

Notable results for Darley lineup

Darley announced the service fees for its Kildangan Stud and Dalham Hall operations on the same day their bright blue silks took out the Melbourne Cup for the first time with Cross Counter (IRE), sired by former Hunter Valley shuttler Teofilo (IRE).

Joining the roster at Dalham Hall Stud for 2019 is Europe’s highest-rated horse and dual winner of the G1 Champion Stakes, Cracksman (Frankel {GB}), who will stand for €25,000 (A$40,000). He will be joined by star sprinter Harry Angel (Dark Angel {IRE}), winner of the G1 Darley July Cup and the Haydock Sprint Cup. Harry Angel retires with the distinction of being the highest-rated sprinter to retire to stud in the UK since 1985.

Cracksman will be joining this year's roster at Dalham Hall Stud

G1 Sir Rupert Clarke S, victor Jungle Cat (IRE) (Iffraaj {GB}) will head to Ireland to stand for €8,000 (A$12,500).

He will be joined at Kildangan Stud by reverse shuttle heavyweight Exceed And Excel, who recently sired his 150th Black Type winner - only the second Australian-bred sire ever to do so, standing for a fee of €50,000 (A$80,000). Brazen Beau (€7,000, A$11,000) will head back to Dalham Hall for his third season.

Exceed And Excel