Darley has today unveiled its 2020 stallion roster with fees designed to acknowledge the challenges the industry, and the wider world, is currently facing.
“We’ve been supportive in our approach to service fees for 2020 and we hope breeders can appreciate that and take advantage of a roster that has value, variety and quality,” said Vin Cox, Managing Director, Godolphin Australia.
“We have a great bunch of stallions for 2020 and we continue to offer the most generous nomination fee terms in the business,” he continued.
“The success of the breeders and buyers who support our stallions is our end goal.”
Exceed And Excel once again heads the roster after another hugely successful year on the track. He is the only stallion whose service fee has been increased, from $88,000 to $132,000, including GST.
“Exceed And Excel’s momentum on the racetrack - and in the sales ring - this season has been enormous. His progeny are winning serious races that add value with the likes of the G1 Sires’ Produce, the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and the G1 Newmarket Handicap,” said Cox.
Brazen Beau, whose fee remains at $49,500, is currently leading second-season sire by Stakes winners with no fewer than five of his offspring successful at Black Type level this season. He will stand his sixth season in Victoria, alongside Street Boss whose fee also remains unchanged.
“If you look at proven sires at the same stage in their careers, Brazen Beau has two more than his own sire I Am Invincible and three more than Lonhro,” said Cox.
“Street Boss’s best books are coming through now and we’re seeing that with the likes of Hanseatic and Valaquenta. Trainers, agents and owners have recognised this and paid significant sums for his yearlings.”