16th Feb 2021
The Racing Post Breeding on a Budget supplement features stallions that are offered to breeders at an accessible cost. The value for money fees as well the successful performance of these stallions are showcased in the 24 page supplement.
The Irish National Stud reduced their fees to reflect the difficulty facing breeders this year and their stallion roster provides every type of breeder an opportunity to gain access to high quality stock. It is no surprise that the Irish National Stud stallions prominently feature in this supplement. Martin Stevens discusses the roster in detail:
Phoenix Of Spain named a Star Value Stallion in the Racing Post Breeding On A Budget Supplement
‘Precocious stallion son of Lope De Vega trounced Too Darn Hot in a classic’
Winner of the Acomb Stakes and a head runner-up in the Vertem Futurity at two, & triumphant by three lengths from Too Darn hot in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at three, he is by Ballylinch Stud’s rising world power Lope De Vega. Phoenix Of Spain, a half-brother to three stakes performers out of a half-sister to dual Group 2 winner Special Kaldoun, covered 148 mares in 2020 at a fee of €15,000 at the Irish National Stud. His fee has been trimmed to €12,500 for his second season.
First Runners 2021
‘There is in fact only one Group 1 winning two year old among this year’s budget priced first-season sires and that is National Defense, who stands alongside his sire Invincible Spirit at the Irish National Stud at just €5,000. He delivered a dazzling four and a half-length victory in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere at two and was a close second to the top-class Al Wukair in the Prix Djebel at three in a brief career due to injury. It would be no shock to see the former €280,000 yearling from the famed Anna Paola dynasty deliver his fair share of quality runners.’
‘Decorated Knight, priced at €7,500 rose through the ranks to become a triple Group 1 winner over nine to ten and a half furlongs.
The son of Galileo from the immediate family of Giant’s Causeway was in possession of a potent turn of foot, a priceless trait in a stallion prospect. Eye-catchingly his book size has increased in each season since he retired to stud’
‘The dual King’s Stand, Stakes hero by Acclamation whose progeny are headlined by Group 1-winning sprinters Belvoir Bay and The Tin Man. One son, Dakota Gold notched no fewer than four stakes successes in 2020 and the sire got 2021 off to a good start when another son, Equilateral, took a competitive Listed handicap at Meydan in January.’
‘A Group 2 winning son of Kyllachy, has 14 black type horses to his credit including Group 3 winner Aethos. He costs next to nothing as his fee has been slashed to €2,000 this year.’
‘Elusive Pimpernel has covered large books in recent years as jumps breeders latched on to him, but with a covering fee of just €2,500 he can still do owners of flat mares a favour’