After a year in which Enable (GB) won three Group 1 races and dominated the European conversation with a try for her third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, her sire, Nathaniel (Ire)’s fee will remain at £25,000 for 2020, Newsells Park Stud has announced. Equiano (Fr), who capped his year off with a GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint win with Belvoir Bay (GB), will remain at £6,000, the stud said.
Reflecting on the stud fees, Newsells Park Stud’s General Manager, Julian Dollar said: “Both stallions have enjoyed another fantastic year. In particular, Nathaniel has solidified his position as one of Europe’s leading young stallions with another five Group winners and 13 Group/Stakes performers in 2019, led by the phenomenon that is Enable, undoubtedly one of the greatest ever race fillies to grace a racecourse.
“A second Classic winner in Channel (Ire), winner of the Group 1 Prix de Diane, as well as two further Group 2 winners, Amorella (Ire) (who was also Gr.1 second) and Royal Ascot scorer Dashing Willoughby (GB) show that Nathaniel is one of Europe’s best middle-distance sires.
“With the consistent volume of Group winners and performers he is producing, Nathaniel must be regarded as the best son of Galileo, (after Frankel) and exceptionally good value compared to his peers,” Dollar continued.
“Equiano has enjoyed a great year. His reputation for siring tough, consistent sprinters, could not have been better exemplified than Belvoir Bay’s wire-to-wire success in last weekend’s GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Now the winner of nine Group and stakes races, this incredibly tough filly only gets better and better. With multiple Group 1 winning sprinter, The Tin Man (GB), once again placed in Group 1 company and other Group and stakes winners this year including, Gustavus Weston (Ire), Equilateral (GB) and the ultra-tough Dakota Gold (GB), Equiano’s stock continue to mark him out as a stallion that should appeal to breeders looking for speed as well as great value.