STALLION UPDATE as at 31 July 2019
Welcome to the final Stallion Update for the 2018/2019 season. With the racing season concluded, these are the final premierships in the various stallion categories.
Because The Everest result has such a bearing on the sires premiership by earnings now, Snitzel was never going to lose, given that he would still have won this premiership even without Redzel’s season earnings. Therefore he is a worthy winner. Runner-up, and heir-apparent to his throne, as he is two years younger than Snitzel, is I Am Invincible. Third was Street Cry, who we don’t expect to see on the leader board next year as Winx has now retired and he has no new progeny coming through. Fourth was Fastnet Rock and fifth was Not A Single Doubt.
By winners, we did predict at the start of the season that I Am Invincible is a candidate to overtake Snitzel for this title, and he did lead for most of the season, only to see Snitzel retake the lead early in July. However I Am Invincible (184) finished the stronger to defeat Snitzel (180), and then behind them came Sebring (154), Written Tycoon (150), and Smart Missile (132), whilst Star Witness (125), in which Laurel Oak has a share, came in sixth.
As we reported last month, by stakes winners, I Am Invincible (28) has set a new Australian record for the most stakes winners in a season. He defeated Not A Single Doubt (15), followed by Snitzel and High Chaparral (both 12) and then Sebring (11), and Fastnet Rock and Exceed And Excel (both 10) being the horses that reached double figures.
By 3yo sires earnings, Zoustar defeated Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Redoute’s Choice, Sebring, Spirit Of Boom and Pierro. Zoustar became the first stallion since Northern Meteor in 2014 to win the 3yo sires premiership with his first crop, and my records don’t go back far enough to find when the previous stallion was able to achieve that. Those early results suggest that Zoustar is a candidate for Champion Sire status in the future, which is very pleasing for the members of the Laurel Oak Zoustar Syndicate, which has a share in the stallion.
By 3yo winners Snitzel (75) beat I Am Invincible (62), Zoustar (59), Pierro (54) and Spirit Of Boom and Epaulette (both 50).
By 3yo stakes winners, Zoustar and I Am Invincible were joined in a share of top spot by Sebring and Smart Missile (all 5) followed by Epaulette, Lonhro, Medaglia D’Oro and the WA-based Universal Ruler (all 4).
Our “predictor for the future” category, the second-season sires premiership by earnings, saw Zoustar win comfortably from Spirit Of Boom, Dundeel, Epaulette, and Shamus Award. By winners, Zoustar (64) just beat Spirit Of Boom (62), followed by Epaulette (56), Sizzling (41) and Unencumbered(38).
Zoustar shared the second-season sires by stakes winners with Epaulette (both 6), followed by Spirit Of Boom, Dundeel and Fiorente (all 4).
In the first-season sires premiership by earnings Sidestep held on to beat Better Than Ready, followed by Rubick, Deep Field, Brazen Beau, and Toronado. By winners, Better Than Ready (23) held off Deep Field (21), followed by Rubick (15), Shooting To Win (12) and then Brazen Beau, Wandjina, Dissident and Whittington (all 7).
First-season sires that have produced stakes winners were Better Than Ready (3), Deep Field (2), and Sidestep, Brazen Beau, Rubick, Time For War and Verrazano (all 1).
The two categories that we are only reporting in on at season’s end rather than on an ongoing basis are the broodmare sires and 2yo sires premierships.
The leading broodmare sire by earnings was Redoute’s Choice from Encosta De Lago, Flying Spur, Zabeel and More Than Ready. By winners, Encosta De Lago (347) beat Redoute’s Choice (259),Flying Spur (247), Zabeel (205) and More Than Ready (181).
By stakeswinners, Redoute’s Choice (19) beat Encosta De Lago (15), Lonhro (13), Zabeel (12) and Flying Spur, More Than Ready and Danehill (all 10). Danehill still retains an influence as he once dominated all categories however as he died some years ago there are no new Danehill mares coming through so he will gradually fade off the list.
The leading 2yo sire for the year by earnings was I Am Invincible from Snitzel, Exceed And Excel, Sidestep and Fastnet Rock. It is unusual for the sire of the Golden Slipper winner not to win the 2yo sires premiership by earnings, but last season’s Slipper-winner sire, Sidestep, didn’t have the numbers to match the big-stud stallions as he had only 21 individual runners compared to I Am Invincible’s 67.
By 2yo winners, I Am Invincible (27) beat Snitzel and Better Than Ready (both 23) followed by Deep Field (21), Fastnet Rock (17) and Rubick (15). Three first-season sires Better Than Ready, Deep Field and Rubick featured on this list which augurs well for their futures.
I Am Invincible (8) made it a clean sweep by also winning the 2yo stakes winners very comfortably, followed by Snitzel, Exceed And Excel, Lonhro, Better Than Ready and Not A Single Doubt (all 3).