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Fastnet Rock busiest stallion in Australia

FIGURES released by Michael Ford, Keeper of the Australian Stud Book, show that approximately 26,100 mares were covered by 768 stallions in Australia this season.

Not surprisingly, the number of mares covered has increased by approximately 1,500 from last year's EI ravaged season, but the figure is still down from the 2006 season, when 26,851 mares were covered.

As a result, Ford expects the 2009 foal crop to hit the 18,000 mark.

Coolmore-based stallions filled the top two places in the most active sires' list, with Fastnet Rock and Encosta De Lago each coveringin excess of 200 mares.

Fastnet Rock, who has sired three winners to date in his first crop, was the busiest sire, covering 248 mares at a fee of A$82,500 (£37,677/€41,685). Encosta De Lago covered 227 at A$302,500 (£138,187/€152,846).

Coolmore shuttlers Choisir, Lion Heart, Holy Roman Emperor and Oratorio also broke the 170 mark while the most popular first season stallion was Dylan Thomas, who covered 157 mares at A$44,000 (£20,104/€22,210).

Australia's most expensive sire, Redoute's Choice, who stands for A$330,000 (£150,613/€166,717), served a book of 144 - his smallest since 2003.

Victoria was responsible for last year's leader Bel Esprit, who covered 266 mares at Eliza Park following the outbreak of EI, which prevented mares from travelling out of state. The son of Royal Academy book dropped severely this season to 110 mares.

In fact, of the top ten busiest stallions, only two, God's Own and Show A Heart, stand outside New South Wales.

Stallion Stud Mares Covered Fee (A$)
Fastnet Rock Coolmore 248 82,500
Encosta De Lago Coolmore 227 302,500
God's Own Eliza Park 196 38,500
Choisir Coolmore 194 33,000
Lion Heart Coolmore 191 16,500
Snippetson Widden 187 9,900
Holy Roman Emperor Coolmore 180 44,000
Show A Heart Glenlogan Park 176 33,000
More Than Ready Vinery 175 110,000
Oratorio Coolmore 173 27,500



Galileo £11,596,660
Dark Angel £3,699,044
Dubawi £3,194,697
Frankel £2,707,058
Kodiac £2,229,292
Acclamation £2,089,105
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882