Newsells Park unveil 2017 prices for Equiano and Nathaniel
Equiano is the sire of this year's Group 1 hero The Tin Man
Dual Group 1 King's Stand Stakes winner Equiano will stand at £8,000, up from £7,000 in 2016, while Group 1 Eclipse Stakes and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Nathaniel has had his fee reduced to £17,500 from £20,000.
Commenting on the adjustments Newsells Park Stud's general manager Julian Dollar said: "Equiano has had an unbelievable year, siring no less than seven Group/Stakes winners, led by The Tin Man, an emphatic winner of the Group 1 Champions Sprint on Champions Day at Ascot. The Tin Man has proved wonderfully consistent and we have much to look forward to with him next season.
"In addition, Equiano had impressive two-year-olds like Medicine Jack, the winner of Group 2 Railway Stakes and third in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes behind Caravaggio, and the Stakes winner Alicante Dawn.
"If these two improve from two to three, as is typical of Equiano's stock, they should both have exciting seasons in 2017.
"Equiano is the leading third-crop sire by winners and second by Group winners, the leading UK-based sire by two-year-old winners over the past two seasons as well as being the leading UK-based sire of sprinters by winners. He is getting fast horses, precocious horses and top-quality horses. He should appeal to breeders at every level.
"Nathaniel has made a solid start with nine two-year-old winners to date, much as would be expected considering his pedigree and his own racing career. Many of the trainers of Nathaniel's two-year-olds have told us that they are nice horses who are only going to improve.
"Top trainers like John Gosden, Markus Klug and Nicolas Clement have spoken of their winning sons of Nathaniel as leading Derby hopes for 2017 and it was notable that many trainers of Nathaniel's two-year-olds were back to buy his yearlings again this year.
"Nathaniel hails from a remarkable family, many of whom improved dramatically from two to three. He himself improved by 36lbs on official ratings from the end of his two-year-old season to July of his three-year-old year and his siblings made similar progress, with three of them improving between 30lbs and an incredible 50lbs by the summer of their Classic years.
"We're looking forward to seeing Nathaniel's progeny follow suit."