Major fee upgrade for Wootton Bassett as Coolmore release 2021 price list
Prices out for newcomers Arizona, Circus Maximus and Sottsass
Coolmore have unveiled the 2021 covering fees for their all-conquering roster of stallions, including newcomers Arizona, Sottsass and Wootton Bassett, and perennial champion sire Galileo.
Wootton Bassett will stand his first season in Ireland, having been purchased from Haras d'Etreham in August, at a career-high €100,000 - up from €40,000 during his final French term.
The 12-year-old son of Iffraaj, sire of European champion Almanzor, boasts a most progressive profile, having added two new Group 1 winners, namely Prix de l'Abbaye scorer Wooded and Prix Jean Romanet and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine Audarya, to his record since it was announced he would be standing at Coolmore.
This year has also seen Wootton Bassett represented by the Group/Grade 2-winning two-year-olds Chindit, who struck in the Champagne Stakes, and Tamahere, who landed the Sands Point Stakes.
All three of his elite winners come from his crops bred at a fee of €6,000 or less, although he does have bigger and more expensively-bred crops, having stood the last two seasons at €40,000, in the pipeline.
Sottsass, who rounded out his racing days with victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has been introduced at €30,000. The son of Siyouni and the Galileo mare Starlet's Sister won three Group 1s during his time in training with Jean-Claude Rouget, with his Arc triumph following on from success in the Prix Ganay and the Prix du Jockey Club.
Also joining the roster is Galileo's three-time Group 1-winning son Circus Maximus, who starts out at €20,000. The four-year-old is out of the Niarchos family's Duke of Cambridgeshire winner Duntle, who also reached the places in three other Group 1 contests. Duntle is by Danehill Dancer, meaning Circus Maximus is bred on the same cross as Alice Springs, Minding, Sovereign and The Gurkha.
Arizona retires to stand alongside his own sire No Nay Never after a racing career that saw him land the Coventry Stakes during a juvenile campaign in which he showed high-class form. He also reached the frame in Group 1 company when placed behind Pinatubo in the National Stakes and the Dewhurst. He is priced at €7,000.
Galileo, who will claim his 12th champion sire crown in the coming weeks, is set to stand the 14th consecutive season at a private fee. The breed-shaping son of Sadler's Wells broke Danehill's record for individual top-flight winners during the 2020 season, with this year's stars Love, Magical and Mogul among an unparalleled 89 elite scorers.
He is also the damsire of the likes of Ghaiyyath and Sottsass, and supplied the most expensive yearling filly to change hands at public auction this year, with the daughter of Newsells Park Stud's brilliant producer Shastye going to MV Magnier for 3,400,000gns.
No Nay Never, sire of Alcohol Free and Ten Sovereigns, remains the most expensive advertised stallion on the roster at €125,000, although that fee has been subject to a 28.5 per cent reduction on the €175,000 he stood at when serving 193 mares earlier this year.
As well as Circus Maximus, Galileo is joined on the Coolmore roster by six other sire sons, a sextet headed by Australia, who will stand for €25,000, down slightly on the €27,500 he was available at in 2020. The regally-bred Derby winner has supplied two top-level winners in 2020, as Galileo Chrome claimed the St Leger and Order Of Australia landed the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Gleneagles, sire of Group 2 winners Royal Dornoch and Royal Lytham, has had his fee trimmed to €25,000 (from €35,000), as has The Gurkha, whose debut juvenile crop has produced 13 successful sons and daughters, including the Group 3 scorer Best Of Lips. The Gurkha is priced at €5,000, down from €12,500.
Gustav Klimt, whose first foals arrived earlier this year, will stand at €4,000, down from €6,000.
Derby hero Camelot, heir apparent to the Montjeu sire line, has seen his fee go in the opposite direction, up to €45,000 from €40,000 on the back of another productive campaign. He has now supplied seven elite winners, with his fourth new Group 1 scorer this year alone coming last Sunday, when Sunny Queen won the Grosser Preis von Bayern.
Other proven Group 1-producing sires on the powerful roster include Fastnet Rock at €50,000 (down from €60,000); Footstepsinthesand at €12,500 (down from €15,000); Holy Roman Emperor on €12,500 (down from €15,000); Mastercraftsman at €15,000 (down from €25,000); Rock Of Gibraltar at €5,000 (down from €6,000); Starspangledbanner at €22,500; while Zoffany is €20,000 (down from €22,500).
Churchill and Highland Reel, both multiple Group 1-winning sons of Galileo, will see their first runners reach the racecourse next year and the pair will stand at €30,000 and €10,000 respectively. The latter fee has been trimmed from €12,500 this year.
The former's debut yearlings fetched up to 350,000gns, with Stroud Coleman Bloodstock buying the filly out of George Washington's daughter Date With Destiny, while the latter's reached as much as 320,000gns when Jamie McCalmont bought the half-brother to Palace Pier.
Saxon Warrior, Sioux Nation and US Navy Flag, who will all have their first foals hitting the market this year, have also had their fees clipped into €20,000, €10,000 and €12,500 respectively.
Calyx, Magna Grecia and Ten Sovereigns, who all covered their debut books of mares in 2020, have also been subject to slight fee reductions with prices of €16,000, €18,000 and €20,000 respectively.
Coolmore 2021 stallion fees
|Stallion||2021 fee||2020 fee||% change|
|Holy Roman Emperor||€12,500||€15,000||-16.5|
|No Nay Never||€125,000||€175,00||-28.5|
|Rock Of Gibraltar||€5,000||€6,000||-16.5|
|US Navy Flag||€12,500||€17,500||-28.5|
* new for 2021
** stood at Haras d'Etreham in 2020
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