Welcome to the first Stallion Update for the 2018/2019 season. This is an abbreviated version as two of the five categories that we monitor – the number of stakes winners and first-season sires – are not included. It is too early in the season to see any patterns for the stakes winners while 2yo racing has not started yet, so first-season sires have not yet had runners.
I did forecast in the last newsletter that I Am Invincible is a candidate to beat Snitzel in the number of winners category for the current season, and that may have been prophetic. At the moment I Am Invincible is leading in both the general sires premiership by earnings and also by winners.
By earnings, he leads Snitzel, Street Cry, High Chaparral and Fastnet Rock, while by winners I Am Invincible (41) leads Smart Missile (38), Snitzel (37), Exceed And Excel (31) and Sebring (30).
3yo winners by earnings is currently led by Redoute’s Choice from Zoustar, I Am Invincible, Snitzel and Smart Missile. By winners, the 3yo leader is Snitzel (19) from Smart Missile (16), Pierro (13), Unencumbered (12) and I Am Invincible and Fastnet Rock (both 11).
Our predictor for the future category, the second-season sires premiership, sees Zoustar in a comfortable early lead by earnings from Sizzling, Unencumbered, Spirit Of Boom and Dundeel. By winners, the surprise early leader is Unencumbered (13) from Zoustar (9), Dundeel and Epaulette (both 5), and Sizzling and Mahisara (both 4).
Last season’s easy first-season sire by winners champion, Spirit Of Boom, has had a quiet start to his second season and sits on three wins along with The Factor and Dawn Approach.
It is all early days yet, but some interesting patterns are emerging in the various categories.