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THE best broodmare sires have an influence on the breed which can last for decades - Mr Prospector was born in 1970 and yet still ranks among the leading ten broodmare sires in the world.

The others currently among the leaders are also well established and include Sadler's Wells, Deputy Minister, Woodman, Dixieland Band, Nureyev, Darshaan, Storm Cat and Rahy.

Rainbow Quest was the last champion broodmare sire in England and Ireland before Sadler's Wells took over his mantle but the son of Blushing Groom still enjoyed a good year through 2008 as winners out of hisdaughters included the Oaks winner Look Here as well as such promising horses for the future as Balladeuse and Elusive Wave.

These leaders are well established; however there is a wide disparity between the numbers of their daughters who are available on the market and those who are active at stud, making the statistics difficult to interpret.

Sadler's Wells' daughters have produced nearly 3,200 foals but daughters by the younger sire Woodman have already had 2,600 foals. Daughters of Darshaan and Rainbow Quest, who are from the same generation as Sadler's Wells, have produced 1,800 and 1,600 foals.

Dual-hemisphere covering is going to change broodmare sire statistics considerably inthe coming years and Danehill, who was born five years later, has already had 2,600 foals as damsire.

There are, of course, some outstanding broodmare sires who have not had the same opportunities and the best of all contemporary sires in this category could be the Aga Khan's Derby winner Kahyasi.

Kahyasi's prominence in broodmare sire statistics was due, at least initially, to his daughter Hasili, the dam of Dansili, Intercontinental, Heat Haze, Cacique, Champs Elysees and Banks Hill. His daughters have produced only 400 foals and aside from the progeny of Hasili they include numerous champions and Group 1 winners like Zarkava, Visit, Linngari, Promising Lead, Salford Mill and Shamdala. And yet in his later years at stud Kahyasi was considered to be a primarily a jumping sire!

Looking to the future there are several young sires who are already established as leading broodmare sires, and of course it is necessary to start with Danehill, who was born in 1986.

Danehill's daughters produced two of Europe's leading juveniles in 2008 in Intense Focus and Art Connoisseur, as well as Royal Ascot-winning two-year-old Cuis Ghaire. Other winners out of Danehill mares in the northern hemisphere include the Italian Derby winner Cima De Triomphe and the Group-winning three-year-old filly Albisola. However, the success achieved by his daughters in Europe and Australia has not yet been matched in the US or Japan.

Kendor was born in the same year as Danehill but though he did not have the same opportunities at stud has had great success in Europe. The best winner out of a Kendor mare is Marchand D'Or (Marchand De Sable), although Never On Sunday, by theJapanese-bred Forty Niner stallion Sunday Break, could develop into a top performer at four next year.

Three sires born in 1987 stand out as broodmare sires: two were stable companions in Francois Boutin's stable, Linamix and Machiavellian, while the other is Ashford Stud's Royal Academy.

Machiavellian has had 50 or 60 more foals as a broodmare sire and the best winners out of his mares this year include the French champion two-year-old Naaqoos, French two-year-old Group winner Calvados Blues, the three-year-old colt Alessandro Volta and the veterans Spirito Del Vento and Red Rocks.

This year marked something of an end of an era as the final Group 1 winners officially bred by Jean-Luc Lagardere out of Linamix mares were the three-year-old Montmartre and the four-year old Sageburg, who both won in the Aga Khan's colours.

The 1,000 Guineas winner Natagora and the Melbourne Cup runner-up are others out of the now-retired sire.

Royal Academy has covered a great number of mares in several countries and his daughters have already produced nearly three times as many foals as Linamix's, however, they are a consistent source of class and the best winners out of them in 2008 included the promising French-trained three-year-old Trincot and Carribean Sunset, who will be racing in the US in 2009.

Two worthy broodmare sires born in 1988 are Selkirkand Generous. Selkirk is still active and producing high-class runners, while his daughters were responsible for, amongst others, the Eclipse Stakes winner and Mount Nelson.

Generous's daughters produced two top horses this year in Tartan Bearer and the leading French-trained juvenile filly Proportional.

The next significant year for the production of broodmare sires was 1990, which produced three three colts who went on to dominate the best mile races - Zafonic, Kingmambo and Barathea - and all three are now developing into major broodmare sires.

Zafonic died young and never really made it as a sire but his daughters are excellent mares and in 2008 they produced the two-year-old Group 1 winner Zafisio, as well as Phoenix Tower, who came so close to winning a Group 1, the promising French-trained stayer Watar and Zambezi Sun.

Kingmambo is still active and covering some of the best mares alive. His main winner as a broodmare sire this year was the multiple Group 1 winner Duke Of Marmalade, although Red Giant was another Grade 1 winner out of a mare by Kingmambo.

Three young sires to consider as broodmare sires are Spectrum, a son of Rainbow Quest from an excellent maternal family and so an obvious candidate. Although he was born in 1992, Spectrum's daughters have already produced a Group 1 winner and stallion in Dutch Art and the Grade 1 winner Winchester.

Anabaa was born the same year and also comes from a strong maternal family and his daughters have produced the multiple Group 1-winning filly Lush Lashes as well as the leading French juvenile Silver Frost.

Cape Cross is younger still, born in 1994; at the start of his stud career did not cover the best mares and yet he was represented by his first Group 1 winner as a broodmare sire when Serious Attitude won the Cheveley Park Stakes.

Another daughter from his 2001 crop produced a good two-year-old in Japan this year, Logi Universe.

 

 

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