High Chaparral: covered 187 mares in Australia in 2011PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Significant drop in Australian mare returns
THE number of mares covered during the past southern hemisphere season in Australia dropped by 11 per cent to 21,550, according to the Keeper of the Australian Stud Book, Michael Ford.
To date, 21,550 mares have been reported as being covered in Australia in 2011, down from 24,140 in 2010. However, late reports are expected to boost the difference to around seven per cent.
"There are sufficient coverings to produce enough foals for racing purposes," said Mr Ford.
Of those 21,550 mares, 4,356 (20 per cent) were covered by 45 shuttle stallions.
The busiest stallion was shuttler Fastnet Rock, who covered 224 mares. Coolmore's son of Danehill was the only stallion to cover more than 200 mares, down from six in 2008.
The number of stallions covering three-figurebooks dropped from 77 in 2010 to 66.
|Name||Stud||Fee A$||No. mares covered|
|Not A Single Doubt||Arrowfield||24,750||180|