By Emma Berry
On the back of the eagerly anticipated stallion fee announcements in Europe, Emma Berry spoke with a number of leading industry figures about value. Today we hear from Hubert Honoré.
EB: Who have you identified as a first-year stallion at an appealing opening fee?
HH: Sottsass (Fr), at €30,000, is very good value for what he's done; he was a very consistent horse. Also Wooded (Ire) was a good sprinter who was very well trained and he will get a good chance. He's not too dear at €15,000.
EB: Best value proven stallion, and why?
HH: I am a fan of Make Believe (GB). I also think Mehmas (Ire) is good value, even though he's now standing for three times more than he was. I think he will be a hell of a horse. In the U.S., I would also mention Summer Front, a son of War Front, who gets a lot of winners for the mares he has covered.
EB: Who would you consider to be an under-the-radar stallion?
HH: Here I would name two horses who have come to France who have been elsewhere before. Dream Ahead is not a commercial stallion but he is a very consistent stallion and I like him a lot. Lawman (Fr) is also still a very interesting horse who has been quite overlooked lately. On a much smaller scale, I would also say that Stormy River (Fr) has always been a good stallion who is underrated. It is hard for a horse if he isn't getting the best mares. In this business a horse has to be good in the first two years otherwise he gets rejected.