Cable Bay

Highclere Unveils Fees, Incentives

Highclere Stud has announced that its resident stallions Cable Bay (Ire) and Land Force (Ire) will stand for £8,000 and £5,000, respectively, in 2021, and has also unveiled new incentives for breeders alongside its regular Oct. 1 SLF terms. Highclere's 50/50 Terms will allow breeders to pay half of the nomination fee on Oct. 1 SLF, with the remaining 50% payable when the progeny reaches its "target price"--triple the stud fee--at public auction as a foal or yearling. The target price for Cable Bay is 24,000 (£/gns) and 15,000 (£/gns)...

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Value Sires: Second-Crop Sires

When all was said and done in the first-season sires' race in Europe in 2019, it was undoubtedly the year of Night of Thunder (Ire). Darley's G1 2000 Guineas and G1 Lockinge S. winner was out in front on his own not only in terms of quantity-he sired the winners of the most races (44), stakes winners (seven), stakes horses (11) and group winners (three) and had the highest earnings (£879,457/€1,034,567) of any sire in his intake-but also quality. As detailed by John Boyce at the tail-end of the season,...

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Cable Bay Fast Out Of The Blocks

Cable Bay (Ire) entered stud with solid credentials, being a multiple group-winning son of Invincible Spirit (Ire), but it is safe to say that the Highclere Stud resident exceeded expectations with his first runners in 2019. Cable Bay finished last season ranked the second-leading first-season sire in Europe based on worldwide earnings, siring 28 winners of 38 races. His progeny to date include the multiple stakes winner Liberty Beach (GB) and Ropey Guest (GB), who despite still being a maiden was placed six times in stakes company last year. Meanwhile...

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Biggest Test To Come For Leading Freshmen

We are all familiar with the flash-in-the-pan stallions who blaze a trail with their first crop of runners only to sink with relatively little trace in ensuing seasons--a situation doubtless exacerbated by fleeting whims of a commercial market. For the sires whose debutants took to the track in 2019, the results achieved were important in regard to continuing or boosting their appeal to breeders booking mares for the 2020 season, but of even more importance is what happens now that their first crops are of the Classic age. When Dubawi...

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