From The Experts: Ed Player

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Ed Player | Tattersalls

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On the back of the eagerly anticipated stallion fee announcements in Europe, Gary King spoke with a number of leading industry figures about value. Today we have the astute Ed Player of Whatton Manor Stud.

GK: Who have you identified as a first-year stallion at an appealing opening fee?

EP: There are some seriously exciting new stallions for next year with Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal), Mohaather (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) and Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) top of the list. However, I think the value lies with Without Parole (GB) (Frankel {GB}), a Group 1 winning miler by Frankel at £10,000 has to be a steal.

GK: Best value proven stallion, and why?

EP: I’m a big fan of New Bay (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and feel he represents great value at €20,000. But the best value proven stallion has to be Sea The Moon (Ger) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) at £22,500. His statistics are outstanding and I get the impression he’s just getting going.

GK: Who would you consider to be an under the radar stallion?

EP: I get the feeling Ulysses (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) just might be the one here. He’s got everything to make it as a stallion, good looks, racing ability and there was a great vibe about his yearlings. At £10,000 he’s well worth using.

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