At 8.15 last Saturday morning, Coolmore’s Tom Magnier called to advise us that our great mate Encosta De Lago had died at 25 years of age.

It was very nice of Tom to call and he thanked us for our part in the success story that was Encosta De Lago. But it was the horse himself who needs to be thanked and deserves all the accolades. What a beauty he was!

Retired off the racetrack to commence stud duties here at Blue Gum Farm in the 1997 season, Encosta De Lago spent the first seven years of his stud career here with us.

In that time, he covered 1036 mares with 932 of them being in foal at 45 days. That’s a 90% conception rate over a large number of mares over seven seasons! He was an exceptional athlete!

Starting off at a lowly $8,500 service fee and rising to a $35,000 service fee for his last season here in 2003, 15 of his 26 Group One winners worldwide resulted from his Victorian conceptions. He certainly upgraded his mares!

Encosta De Lago was the first thoroughbred stallion in Australia to cover 200 mares in a season when he covered 201 in the 2002 season. He followed that up with another 202 the next season. He was the trendsetter for what is now the norm for so many!

Champion Australian Sire, Champion Australian Broodmare Sire, he will be remembered as one of the greatest Australian-bred sires of all time.

Encosta De Lago’s legacy will live on for years to come at Blue Gum Farm, and we are so happy to be standing his Group One winning son, Manhattan Rain who has already sired a Golden Slipper- winning two-year-old amongst his many stakes-winners.

RIP Encosta.

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