Monday, March 29, 2010


There certainly were some busy boys last spring with the top 20 stallions covering an incredible 3,634 mares – basically 2.2% of the stallion population catering to 13.6% of the mares.
Eliza Park stallions got four looks – the only Victorian stud to figure in the top 20 – and only one behind Coolmore stallions which had five appearances.
There’s some really cool stuff on the Australian Stud Book website – especially for subscribers.
For instance, the ASB lists the top stallions by earnings since 1883-84, taking particular note of Danehill’s sixth consecutive and final premiership in 2004-05 which realised a record $11.4 million in progeny earnings.
The most wins in a season (by the highest earning sire) was Encosta de Lago’s 146 last season, a far cry from Night Raid’s four winners in 1930-31 (Phar Lap obviously helped his cause).
However, it was only as recent as 1980-81 (Bletchingly) where the highest earning sire notched less than seven figures and Danehill – again – in 1999-00 was the first biggest earner to post over 100 winners in a season.

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