You could be forgiven for thinking that to be within the top 20 stallions on the General Sires list, that you would need to have an army of runners and a five-figure service fee to boot.
But after the weekend, it was Private Eye winning the Group 1 Epsom Stakes who took his sire, Al Maher, to just outside of the top 10 stallions on the General Sires list from a modest 47 runners for 15 winners and the lowest service fee behind the top 10 stallions.
Sitting just behind Australia’s Champion sire, Written Tycoon, for the 2020/21 season by less than $200,000, Al Maher’s progeny have amassed $1,568,740 million in earnings this racing season.
To put this into perspective, Written Tycoon has had 161 runners for 40 winners.
Al Maher, who has now been standing at Stockwell Thoroughbreds for the last 3 years, stands for a service fee of $8,800.
Private Eye, who now has earned over $1.4 million in prizemoney and has won three stakes races, including the Group 1 Epsom Stakes to add to his impressive resume on Saturday, has highlighted once again why Al Maher is a proven stallion at a highly affordable fee.
“It is really exciting for us to see another one of his horses get a Group 1 winner. As a stallion farm, that is the ultimate in your business, and Private Eye’s win now brings Al Maher to 5 Group 1 winners,” Mike Becker, of Stockwell Thoroughbreds, commented.
“We are definitely only seeing the start of Private Eye’s success on the track, and Joe (Pride) has done a fabulous job at targeting races for him, and we saw the result on Saturday,” Mike said.
Al Maher’s other Group 1 winners include Diamond Drille, winner of the ATC Queen of the Turf Stakes, Almalad, the winner of the BRC JJ Atkins Stakes and multiple Group 1 winner, Delicacy, who won the South Australian Oaks and Derby winner.
“He is an under-utilised, under-valued stallion for his results. His runner to winner ratio has always been very high, and he is an all-rounder, he can get 2YOs who can sprint, or he can get horses who can run like Delicacy, who is an Oaks and a Derby winner. Delicacy was also the Champion 3YO in Australia in her time,” Mike said.
“Al Maher is able to get class racehorses, and he is what I call a no-risk horse for a breeder who wants to breed a horse to run.
The success strike rate of both stallions says you’ve got a 70% chance you will breed a winner. I can’t imagine too many other guarantees like that, especially given he has never had a huge book of mares. He has always achieved at a high level while flying under the radar.
He is working particularly well this season, and his first few mares have tested in foal. He is such a laid-back, relaxed horse. He is just a beautiful animal,” Mike commented.
With Australian progeny earnings over $47 million and 5% stakes winners to runners, the stats highlight that Al Maher produces a genuine, honest racehorse for the track.
“There are not many stallions who have achieved those numbers, and it definitely puts Al Maher in elite company,” Mike enthused.
“We are very much in the business of breeding racehorses who can win, the results speak for themselves, and the stats back them up. It is as good as you are going to get, and you are not risking everything when breeding to Al Maher,” Mike said.
Al Maher wasn’t the only Stockwell stallion flying the flag on Saturday. Artie Schiller had Living The Dream, who won the Listed Kalgoorlie Cup.
Born and raised at Stockwell, Living The Dream also puts his sire in very rare company, given this latest win is the 55th stakes win for Artie Schiller.
“The two stallions between them have had over 90 stakes wins. Al Maher had his 36th on Saturday, and Artie Schiller had his 55th.
Living The Dream’s mother lives here on the farm, and she is a beautiful mare who foaled down a full sister to Living The Dream ten days ago. Living The Dream’s win on the weekend also gives me great satisfaction.
The longevity of the racehorses which these stallions produce running on until they are 8, 9, 10 years old, mean that breeders stay in the game for longer and are able to continue to breed and have some fun on the track,” Mike said.
“There is very little financial downside to breeding to stallions such as Al Maher and Artie Schiller, and as Private Eye is proving, there is no limit to the potential upside.
Al Maher and Artie Schiller are the perfect examples of proven stallions producing genuine results on the track,” Mike commented.
Artie Schiller stands for $11,000 this season, and Al Maher stands for $8,000.
To discuss a booking with either Al Maher or Artie Schiller, you can contact Mike Becker on 0412 538 155 or Brodie Becker on 0437 788 434. You can also view more about Stockwell Thoroughbreds at www.stockwellthoroughbreds.com.au/