The 2017 breeding statistics are in. And they show that 15 Victorian based stallions covered in excess of 100 mares during the season.

Chatswood Stud’s Reward For Effort was the most prolific among them with 200 mares covered followed by the Woodside Park pair of Zoustar (179 mares) and Written Tycoon (165 mares).

Victorian sireVictorian studMares covered in 2017
Reward For Effort Chatswood Stud200
Zoustar Woodside Park Stud179
Written TycoonWoodside Park Stud165
Fighting Sun Sun Stud144
Kuroshio Darley Northwood133
Brazen Beau Darley Northwood131
Rich EnuffWoodside Park Stud114
Jimmy Creed (USA) Spendthrift Australia112
Manhattan RainBlue Gum Farm112
PalentinoSun Stud112

The honours for the most popular first season sire went to Sun Stud’s new boy, a dual Group 1 winning son of Teofilo. He played host to 112 mares during the 2017 breeding season. Just behind him were Darley Northwood’s shuttle sire Frosted (102 mares) and Woodside Park based Cable Bay (100 mares).

Victorian First Season SireStudMares covered in 2017
PalentinoSun Stud112
FrostedDarley Northwood102
Cable BayWoodside Park Stud100
SwearSpendthrift Australia84
HollerDarley Northwood83

Spendthrift Australia’s Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor) had a quiet first season in Australia back in 2015, but since then has served 71 mares in 2016 and 112 mares last year. This popularity comes off the back of his superb first crop of youngsters in the Northern Hemisphere which has included three Group winners and another four black-type performers.

Sun Stud’s first season sire Palentino when winning the Group 1 Makybe Stakes (Pat Scala-Racing Photos)

Manhattan Rain was relocated to Euroa’s Blue Gum Farm in 2017 and what a move it has been for the son of Encosta De Lago. He served a career high 112 mares; boding very well for the stallion as breeders seek to produce the next She Will Reign

Another stallion to come from interstate last season was Woodside Park’s young son of Written Tycoon, Rich Enuff. Among the most popular first season sires in Queensland in 2016, he continued that at Woodside’s Tylden base with 114 mares covered.


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