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Coolmore cuts fees for Ashford Stud stallions

ASHFORD STUD, Coolmore's stallion base in Kentucky, has cut the covering fees for all of its residents except Tale Of The Cat, whose progeny includes this month's Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Gio Ponti.

Receiving the most swingeing cut is Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who has had his fee halved from $30,000 this year to $15,000 in 2010.

Giant's Causeway, the farm's most expensive stallionand whose representatives this year have included 1,000 Guineas heroine Ghanaati and Breeders' Cup Marathon scorer Man Of Iron, has had his fee reduced from $125,000 to $100,000.

Henrythenavigator, who began his stallion career at Ashford Stud this year, has had his fee cut from $65,000 to $40,000.

Ashford Stud's new recruit for the 2010 season, Criterium International winner Thewayyouare,will begin his new career at a fee of $10,000.

Coolmore also reduced the fees for many of the stallions on its European roster earlier this month. News that the US branch of the operation is cutting its fees comes after the most important North American yearling sale, Keeneland September, posted steep declines in receipts for the second year in a row.

Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan said in a statement: "Following a tough year for breeders in 2009 we are offering unprecedented value for 2010. With the one exception of Tale Of The Cat, whose fee has remained unchanged, all our fees have been reduced including that of America's best sire Giant's Causeway.

"We are delighted with the response to our new sire Thewayyouare, who was one of the best juveniles Kingmambo ever sired." 

Stallion 2009 2010
15,000 10,000
Fusaichi Pegasus
30,000 15,000
Giant's Causeway
125,000 100,000
Grand Slam
25,000 17,500
Henrythenavigator 65,000 40,000
Lion Heart
20,000 12,500
Majestic Warrior
20,000 15,000
Scat Daddy
22,500 15,000
Thewayyouare new 10,000
Thunder Gulch
15,000 10,000
Van Nistelrooy
15,000 7,500



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