Exciting sire Siyouni to stand at career-high €75,000 in 2018
Aga Khan Studs also reveals prices for the rest of its stallions
The Aga Khan's exciting young sire Siyouni has been subject to a significant increase in covering fee for the 2018 breeding season, with the Haras de Bonneval resident's price rising to €75,000, a mark that sees him become the highest-priced stallion among the burgeoning French ranks.
The ten-year-old son of Pivotal, who stood last season at €45,000, has enjoyed a hugely fruitful 2017 campaign, with the Karl Burke-trained filly Laurens becoming a second winner at the highest level having made a rapid ascent of the two-year-old ranks to land the Group 1 Fillies' Mile. He also got on the scoresheet at Royal Ascot, with Le Brivido, who also finished a short-head second in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, landing the Jersey Stakes.
Despite the fact that his four crops of racing age have all been conceived at a fee of just €7,000, Siyouni's racecourse representatives performed at a clip of 16 per cent stakes performers to runners in 2017. His 2018 book is currently full.
Another stallion on the Aga Khan roster to earn an increase for the upcoming season is outstanding performer Sea The Stars, who resides at the operation's Irish arm at Gilltown Stud, where he will be offered at €135,000. The son of Cape Cross has been responsible for three new Group 1 winners in 2017, namely Cloth Of Stars, Mekhtaal and Stradivarius.
Sea The Stars is joined on the Gilltown roster by his Derby-winning son Harzand, who remains unchanged at €15,000, and his three-parts brother Born To Sea, who has had his fee clipped from €10,000 to €5,000.
A new recruit to the Haras de Bonneval ranks is the regally bred Zarak, a Group 1-winning son of Dubawi out of the Aga Khan's outstanding racemare Zarkava. He is introduced at a fee of €12,000.
Completing the line-up at the Normandy operation is Invincible Spirit's three-time Group 1 winner Charm Spirit, who returns to France in 2018 at a fee of €20,000 having stood at Tweenhills this year at £20,000, and Dariyan, who will remain at €8,000 for his second covering season.
Aga Khan Studs 2018 fees (2017 fee in brackets)
Sea The Stars €135,000 (€125,000)
Siyouni €75,000 (€45,000)
Charm Spirit €20,000 (£20,000)
Harzand €15,000 (€15,000)
Zarak €12,000 NEW
Dariyan €8,000 (€8,000)
Born To Sea €5,000 (€10,000)