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Dutch Art - Royal Ascot 19.06.07

Dutch Art: the Cheveley Park sire has made a flying start at stud

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

Cheveley Park more than double Dutch Art fee

LEADING first-season sire Dutch Art's feat of supplying 28 individual first-crop two-year-old winners has been rewarded by his owners Cheveley Park Stud with a fee increase of more than double for next year.

The son of Medicean, who boasts a high winners-to-runners strike-rate and whose representatives include the high-class Caspar Netscher, goesfrom £5,000 to £12,000.

Medicean's 2012 fee has been reduced by a third, from £12,000 to £8,000.

Cheveley Park's flagship sire Pivotal will next year stand at his cheapest fee since 2004, with the operation cutting it from £55,000 to £45,000.

The 18-year-old son of Polar Falcon has supplied a steady stream of top-class horses since retiring to stud at a fee of just £6,000 in 1997.

This year his star performer was Prix Jacques le Marois heroine Immortal Verse and among his top prospects for next year is Nephrite, who beat the highly-touted Born To Sea in last month's Group 3 Killavullan Stakes.

Pivotal's stud fee hit a high of £85,000 for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, on the back of a flurry of Group 1 success for the likes of Excellent Art, Peeress and Somnus.

Pivotal's son Kyllachy, who enjoyed another good year courtesy of Dim Sum, Dragon Pulse and Sole Power, returns to his 2009 and 2010 fee of £10,000. For 2011 his fee had been reduced to £8,000.

Lockinge Stakes winner Virtual, whose first crop are foals, has had his fee held at £4,000.




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