In Kenyatta, Street Cry produced one of the greatest race mares ever seen on the North American turf, and his son, Street Sense, is the only horse ever to win both the Breeders Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby. Street Cry has some exceptionally talented looking 2yos in training this year in the form of Masada (Star Stakes) and impressive debut winners Sound Reflection and Folk Melody, and Street Cry looks well positioned to build on his already formidable record at stud.
His ongoing success is also reflected in the fact that War Front was chosen to be the mighty Kenyatta’s mate for 2013. From his first crop of 75 foals, War Front has been represented by no fewer 11 stakes winners (15%).
With War Front covering a better quality of mare than he did when first retiring to stud, the sky is the limit for one of the great Dancing’s last top sons. Windily and The Fugue have given their sire back to back wins in the G1 Nassau Stakes, while the outstanding miler has been represented by no fewer than three winners of the Grand Prix de Paris to date.
While Dubai is yet to win a general sires title, his achievement of producing 56 SW’s from 608 foals (9%) give him statistics comparable with the very best around. A stallion who made a spectacular start to his stud career, Oasis Dream is firmly established as one of Europe’s top sires.
His son, Captain Gerrard, is currently one of Europe’s leading first crop sires. A true rags-to-riches story, the now 20-year-old Pivotal began his stud career standing for a fee of GBP 6,000.
Pivotal’s progeny have excelled over a range of distances, and he has done very well in one of Britain’s top one-mile races, the Locking Stakes. Champion sire three times in the USA, Giant’s Causeway is one of the few top stallions whose offspring have won at the highest level around the world.
With his oldest daughters only 11, Giant’s Causeway is already the maternal grand sire of nine Grade One winner. These include sensational US 3yo Serrano and South African superstar Soft Falling Rain.
These horses are world-famous for their beauty. Marwan Al Sheila, the crown jewel of the royal stables of Qatar, has rock star status in the Middle East. Owned by the country's royal family, this exquisite stallion has dominated the show ring, become a social media superstar, and literally changed the breed.
And now, after conquering the world, Marian is back home with Michael Wyatt, the man who helped create him almost two decades ago. We made the 70-mile trip to the picturesque Michael Wyatt Arabians in New Ulm to see Marian in person.
Long prized in the Middle East, the Arabian horse is known for its beauty and spirit. Now, wealthy clients and royal families are spending millions of dollars to build exclusive stables.
“There was a group, a syndicate that offered $20 million for him, and it wasn't even considered,” Wyatt said. But the summers of Doha are simply too hot, so the Qatari royal family wants him spending the breeding season here. “I would bet if you totaled up the economic revenue he's contributed to the world, it would be in excess of a billion dollars,” Wyatt said.
An imperial horse, enjoying the simple pleasures of life in the Texas country. Now one of the most popular breeds in the world, the Arabian’s incredible energy, intelligence and gentle disposition allow enthusiasts to excel in most equine sports and activities.
Within gently rolling sand dunes in the beautiful desert of Saudi Arabia, and specifically in the western part of Riyadh, That Farm is home to a carefully chosen collection of Arabian horses, including a distinguished collection of Saudi pedigree called the “Desert Breed”, bred and nurtured within the enclosures of That Stud, whose pedigrees are considered rare to find in this day and age. Following into the footsteps of the ancients, and adapting their expertise, That incorporates a wide strategy of bloodlines, by following a breeding program which includes world renowned prominent pedigrees, with the best modern techniques and most qualified veterinary supervision.
To further elucidate the legend of this farmstead, the objective of That is to bring back and revive the history of the illustrious Arabian horse. That’s goal in participating in such various events is not only to win, but to also raise the awareness and educate the public about relating issues, such as breeding methodologies and new techniques in nutrition technology, and, also seeks to enlighten enthusiasts by bringing forth various formulae for the different processes involved; such as the recycling of compost into natural fertilizers, and water treatments for ensuring the natural hydration systems.
In addition, That Stud follows the ethos of “quality over quantity” by ensuring that a specific head count number is maintained. It participates in events ranging from beauty contests to flat races, and these span the Middle East, Europe, the UK and the USA.
Schnitzel is a newcomer to the top ten, Arrow field Stud having raised his fee to A$220,000 for the 2018 Southern Hemisphere season. Photo: Arrow field State world’s most expensive stallions are an international group, ranging from the European stalwarts Galileo, Dubai and Frankel to seasoned Americans such as War Front and Tacit and the Japanese phenomenon Deep Impact.
This year’s secret, however, also includes an increasingly powerful Australian influence in Schnitzel, who continues to rewrite the record books in his native land. It’s a measure of the level of dominance that we have come to expect from Galileo that the figure of £6,868,424 earned by his progeny across Britain and Ireland in 2018 is suggestive of an average year.
That, however, is ‘average’ in the context of Galileo’s world, where records tumble and classic winners flow with clockwork regularity. 2016 and 2017 had both been exceptionally strong for Galileo, each yielding the stallion in excess of £10 million in prize money in Britain and Ireland (£11,916,878 over the course of 2017, to be exact).
In August, meanwhile, he toppled Sadler’s Wells’ mark of 327 progeny wins in European Pattern races when Sizzling landed the G3 Give Thanks Stakes at Cork. There were also a pair of British classic winners in Forever Together (Oaks) and New Gardens (St Leger) to bring that particular tally to 12.
And, in November, there was another landmark of sorts when Line Of Duty, part of the first clutch of Galileo yearlings to be bought at auction by Go dolphin, won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. They came during a year in which Galileo also featured as the grand sire of Cracks man (by Frankel), Enable (by Nathaniel), Maser (by New Approach) and Cross Counter (by Profile) as well as the dam sire of Saxon Warrior, US Navy Flag, Sister charlie, Magma Grecian and The Autumn Sun.
He has become the benchmark by which excellence in the stallion world is measured and will undoubtedly continue to fill that role long after he ceases to be in active service. Today, Galileo is primarily the domain of Cool more and its associates, meaning that those outside breeders wishing to pay for his services naturally have to contend with a hefty fee; although listed as ‘private’ since 2008, recent off-the-record reports suggest his fee now sits around the €600,000 mark, a figure that easily makes him the world’s most expensive sire.
All the while, his standing as a major international force continues to grow, as does the idea that he is on the cusp of becoming a broodmare sire of note. Their victories came amid a season in which Deep Impact was also represented internationally by Newmarket 2000 Guineas hero Saxon Warrior and PRI du Jockey-Club winner Study Of Man; while the latter stays in training for the Nachos family, Saxon Warrior is bound to be busy at a fee of €30,000 at Cool more in Ireland this season.
A handful have runners, among them Canon Ballad, whose encouraging start prompted his repatriation from the UK to Japan for the 2019 season. Shadier hoisted his fee to 15 million yen (£107,000) for 2019 off the back of a year that featured the standout 3yo filly Almond Eye, Kyoto Mile winner Stevie and top 2yo Saturnalia.
The fact the son of King Kamehameha is already a proven outlet for Sunday Silence blood only serves to underline his importance to Shadier and the Japanese industry as a whole. Yet the real beauty of the past season lies in the potential of 2yos Too Darn Hot and Quarto, who between them swept the Hurst, Solaria and National Stakes.
Too Darn Hot’s victory in the Hurst placed an exclamation point on Dubai’s excellent season, one that saw him reach second spot on the leading British and Irish sires’ table with just over £4 million in earnings. His popularity unsurprisingly also soared to lofty levels in the sale ring, as illustrated by a yearling average of 767,632gns, a figure buoyed by the presence of five seven-figure youngsters, led by the 3,500,000 gas brother to Too Darn Hot; knocked down to David Revers on behalf of Qatar Racing, he is set to join his older brother in John Golden’s yard.
With his status as one of the world’s leading sources of turf speed well established, War Front has long been a darling of the sale ring, something that was once again on show at Keen eland in September when he accounted for five million-dollar yearlings. One of them, a colt out of Streaming, made $2.4 million to MV Mangier to not only top the sale but become the most expensive yearling sold in America in 2018.
That colt is among a crop of juveniles for War Front that also includes the progeny of G1 winners Bracelet, Chiquita, Cursory Glance, Emollient, Immortal Verse, Marvelous, Tapestry, Together Forever and Was, as well as the full or half-siblings to US Navy Flag, Brave Anna, Lancaster Bomber and Muhammad. However, the year also provided much encouragement for the future, notably via Chasing Yesterday, the half-sister to American Pharaoh who won the G1 Starlet Stakes.
Few stallions have come under as much scrutiny as Frankel, whose unblemished record for Sir Henry Cecil included 11 victories at the top level. Granted exceptional support from Judgment Farms and many of the world’s elite breeders from the outset, he has had every chance to do well.
While Cracks man is about to cover his first book at a fee of £25,000 at Dallas Hall Stud, St James’s Palace Stakes winner Without Parole stays in training as does Call The Wind. Nevertheless, 2018 was peppered by a number of highlights for the Darla American stalwart, notably Wonder Godot’s sweep of the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales’s Stakes following her runner-up effort to Monopoly Girl in the Kentucky Oaks.
As those figures suggest, the switch coincided with a shift in gear for Curling’s stud career that began with the 2015 season, when Keen Ice lowered the colors of American Pharaoh in the G1 Travels Stakes, Stellar Wind captured the first of her six G1 races and Carolina took the G1 Acorn Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks. He has maintained that kind of momentum since then as well, with Exaggerator landing the 2016 Preakness Stakes and Haskell Invitational, Connect taking the G1 Cigar Mile and Good Magic and Solo mini running first and second in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Good Magic was again among the leading acts of the past season, notably when winning the Haskell Invitational and running second to Justify in the Kentucky Derby. Curling is now well established among Kentucky’s elite, an increasingly important influence with a growing number of sons now carving out their own careers at stud.
This likeable character went on to sign off his year with a victory in the Rico British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot. But to fall in the shadow of the greatest stallion of the recent era is certainly no disgrace and indeed, prior to this year, Sea The Stars already had two British classic winners to his credit in Harland and Taghrooda, alongside German Derby winner Sea The Moon, who himself made a highly promising start with his first 2yos in 2018.