Horse Racing Breeding – Coolmore

The Coolmore breeding operation is one of the biggest in the world and it breeds horses for both Flat and NH Racing and it produces champions every year in both spheres. They have 16 stallions on their NH roster so we will take a look at them first.


Sadlers Well – Request
He was trained by Sir Michael Stoute throughout his racing career and although he finished his 3yo career with a decent BHA rating of 90, he improved as an older horse to win 2 Group 1 races and he finished with a BHA rating of 121. He stands for 3000 euro’s he is yet to breed anything of real note but it’s still early days.


Danehill – Hasili
Trained by Andre Fabre in his younger days he was a reasonable horse just below top class but it wasn’t until he joined the great Bobby Frankel to race in the USA where he excelled and became a Grade 1 winning individual. He is a new recruit to Coolmore and currently stands for 6500 euro’s which may be decent value because I can see him being a more dual purpose sire having already bred some nice flat types.


Danehill – Lagrion
This top class individual who won the Arc as a 4yo aswell as 5 other Group 1’s has not really been the flat success they were looking for. Although, he hasn’t done that bad considering Blazing Speed is a 4 million earner and Dylan Mouth a Group 1 winner, plus some old favourites like Spark Plug and Caspian Prince he is standing for 5000 euro’s.


Alleged – Etheldreda
A Group 1 flat winner for John Gosden he is well-known in NH circles for being a really top sire and has bred several jumps winners; the most prolific being Tidal Bay who has won 15 times. he has also bred Imperial Commander, a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and The Last Samurai who was 2nd in the Grand National. He stands for 12000 euro’s.


Monson – Guernica
A Group 1 winner on the flat it is early days for him as a sire. You will probably see a lot of his progeny starting off in National Hunt flat races. The Henderson mare Verdana Blue is probably his best one so far stands for 6500 euro’s.


Galileo – Ionian Sea
He was favourite for the French Derby but finished only 8th. He won a Group 1 race but was really lucky (Main Sequence with a clear run would have bolted up) and none of his progeny have made the racecourse yet, so we will have to wait and see. Stands for 2500 euro’s.


Montjeu – Dance Parade
He was a St Leger winner so he was always going to be a national hunt sire (probably one of the reasons it’s a big mistake to go for the Leger for prospective breeders) plus he is a full brother to decent hurdler John Constable. None of his progeny are yet to race and he stands at what could be decent value in 4500 euro’s.


Galileo – Rainbow Goddess
He was a decent flat performer who finished 2nd in the St Leger and 3rd in the Melbourne Cup and he was always going to be a stick breed. He has started off okay with the likes of Sutton Place and Red Jack who is unbeaten so far and looks a really good prospect. Stands for 5500 euro’s.


Sadlers Wells – Kithanga
He is a top national hunt sire and has bred a Champion hurdle winner and a Grand National winner. As a racehorse he won the St Leger and was runner-up in the Breeders Cup Turf. If you have one of his progeny you are virtually guaranteed to be a winning racehorse owner he stands for 7500 euro’s.


Monson – Crystal Maze
A decent flat performer but not quite top class and an interesting new recruit to the Coolmore jumps roster, he stands for 3500 euro’s.


Montjeu – Gwynn
I’m a bit puzzled why he is on the jumps roster as he has just bred a Derby winner (Wings Of Eagles) so maybe they will have a rethink. There is no fee down for him so its difficult to know which way he will be heading as a sire.


Galileo – Lila
He was an Irish St Leger winner and could prove to be a decent NH sire. None of his progeny have raced yet so we will have to wait and see. Stands for 2500 euro’s.


Galileo – Affianced
Top class racehorse and a brilliant winner of the Irish Derby. He was also placed in an Arc and although he is on the jumps roster he is very much a dual purpose sire. His flat progeny are not top class but they do perform to a good standard. It’s far to early to say how he will do as a NH sire but he has begun okay and they think so with his fee which is 6000 euro’s.


Montjeu – Classic Park
A decent racehorse who was 2nd in an Epsom Derby and strangely enough he had one run over hurdles at Auteuil were he was out the frame, so with him not being gelded it was off to the breeding sheds in what turned out to be a very good decision. He is the sire of Douvan who is a top class NH performer and has several other useful progeny. He stands at a private fee.


Danehill – Walensee
A top class stayer on the flat and an Arc 2nd he has proved to be a very good NH sire and has bred a lot of stamina into his progeny. Although they don’t all win the top NH races they do win races of a decent standard, his best is probably Cole Harden who has won at the top grade. He stands for 5000 euro’s.


Sadlers Well – Lyndonville
A four-time Ascot Gold Cup winner but none of that would have happened if it wasn’t for the injury he incurred before the 2004 Derby. A race he would probably have won and the rest is history. His stud career has started out well plus he has also had a few flat winners he is very much a sire to keep an eye on. He stands for 6500 euro’s.

Below are the Leading National Hunt Sires in Great Britain and Ireland 2017 up to this point in time:

Rank Name Sire Dam Dam Sire Runners Starts Winners Wins Win % Stks Winners Stks Wins Earnings
1 King’s Theatre (IRE) 1991 Sadler’s Wells Regal Beauty Princely Native 238 794 87 105 36.55% 10 11 £1,768,091
2 Presenting (GB) 1992 Mtoto D’Azy Persian Bold 290 919 90 111 31.03% 7 9 £1,588,370
3 Kayf Tara (GB) 1994 Sadler’s Wells Colorspin High Top 250 758 78 106 31.20% 6 10 £1,505,258
4 Flemensfirth (USA) 1992 Alleged Etheldreda Diesis 239 702 70 86 29.29% 2 3 £1,201,143
5 Beneficial (GB) 1990 Top Ville Youthful Green Dancer 274 943 69 89 25.18% 4 4 £1,013,478
6 Milan (GB) 1998 Sadler’s Wells Kithanga Darshaan 265 815 79 101 29.81% 3 3 £1,007,727
7 Oscar (IRE) 1994 Sadler’s Wells Snow Day Reliance 228 675 66 88 28.95% 3 4 £908,441
8 Westerner (GB) 1999 Danehill Walensee Troy 175 542 55 69 31.43% 3 4 £840,067
9 Midnight Legend (GB) 1991 Night Shift Myth Troy 140 450 47 57 33.57% 0 0 £644,372
10 Robin des Champs (FR) 1997 Garde Royale Relayeuse Iron Duke 88 240 33 41 37.50% 3 3 £637,174
11 Sulamani (IRE) 1999 Hernando Soul Dream Alleged 24 67 6 6 25.00% 1 1 £602,171
12 Shirocco (GER) 2001 Monsun So Sedulous The Minstrel 45 137 11 16 24.44% 3 4 £556,468
13 Network (GER) 1997 Monsun Note Reliance 35 107 12 16 34.29% 3 6 £495,488
14 Shantou (USA) 1993 Alleged Shaima Shareef Dancer 97 329 35 50 36.08% 1 1 £490,685
15 Dom Alco (FR) 1987 Dom Pasquini Alconaca Nonoalco 32 92 13 14 40.63% 2 2 £443,053
16 Sholokhov (IRE) 1999 Sadler’s Wells La Meilleure Lord Gayle 17 48 4 5 23.53% 1 2 £402,119
17 Brian Boru (GB) 2000 Sadler’s Wells Eva Luna Alleged 92 335 28 40 30.43% 1 1 £397,341
18 Old Vic (IRE) 1986 Sadler’s Wells Cockade Derring-Do 66 223 22 29 33.33% 2 2 £396,427
19 Stowaway (GB) 1994 Slip Anchor On Credit No Pass No Sale 103 289 25 33 24.27% 1 1 £359,055
20 Overbury (IRE) 1991 Caerleon Overcall Bustino 65 203 15 22 23.08% 1 1 £354,849