Walk In The Park remains at a private fee as Coolmore prices emerge

Only minor changes made among an 18-strong roster

Walk In The Park: top stallion remains at a private fee
Walk In The Park: top stallion remains at a private feeCredit: Coolmore

Walk In The Park remains at a private fee at the top of a largely unchanged roster across Coolmore's National Hunt division as the operation's 2023 price list was unveiled.

The 20-year-old's fee has not been disclosed since his arrival at Grange Stud in 2016, but the emergence of the likes of Douvan, Jonbon and now Facile Vega, not to mention conspicuous sales success, means he is thought to be easily the most expensive among the 18 names available in three major farms.

The 2005 Derby runner-up has been capable of covering books of well over 200.

Three Coolmore stallions have been set at €8,000, all unchanged from this year. They are The Beeches' Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Crystal Ocean, who does not yet have runners on the ground, the same stud's Soldier Of Fortune and the evergreen Milan, another resident of Grange Stud.

Grange's Getaway, whose most notable offspring to date have been Christmas Hurdle winner Verdana Blue and Scilly Isles Chase winner Sporting John, has the most notable reduction in fees as he falls to €7,000 from €9,000.

Breeders will find very little other difference to arrangements as they plan ahead to next year.

Order Of St George is unchanged at €6,500, Vadamos remains at €6,000, while Westerner, Mahler and Castlehyde's king Yeats, last season's champion National Hunt stallion, all stay steady at €5,000.

Perhaps reflecting the considerable amount of choice in the market in both Britain and Ireland at the moment, as well as the wider economic outlook, minor adjustments downwards were made to Maxios at €6,000 (from €7,000), In Swoop and Santiago (€4,000 from €4,500), Mogul and Wings Of Eagles (€3,500 from €4,000), Kew Gardens (€3,500 from €5,000), Idaho (€3,000 from €3,500) and Capri (€2,500 from €4,000).

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Published on 17 December 2022Last updated 10:35, 18 December 2022