By Ric Chapman
In a move that has raised some eyebrows, Coolmore has sold one of its group I producing stallions, Foxhound.
Lakewood Stud, a small, but highly professionally run South Australian stud will stand the son of Danzig this year after New South Wales attorney Michael Carroll successfully negotiated, through bloodstock agent Tony Bott, a deal to buy him.
"Michael came to me a few months back and asked would it be possible to lease Foxhound from Coolmore because he knew the extended family really well and had been following, rather passionately, Foxhound's stud career," recalled Bott. "I told him, 'He's a 15-year-old stallion, let's see if they want to sell him.' And they did."
He will stand the upcoming season at a fee of $8,800 (U. S. $6,195).
During his early years while serving nice size books in both Ireland and the U. S,, Foxhound quickly established himself as a stallion of some clout. He was the leading European first crop sire by winners when his debut group hit the tracks. Worldwide he has sired the winners of more than $13 Million (U. S. $9,152,000). From his first European crop he sired 17 individual juvenile winners, including four stakes winners. In Australia his one and only crop is currently racing as 2-year-olds. The best of them is the imposing speed horse Golden Fox, who was the favorite when unplaced in last week's group I QTC Sires' Produce Stakes off the back of four straight runaway juvenile victories. In Europe,
Foxhound, from the wonderful producer Lassie Dear, has already sired 11 stakes-winners, including Mount Abu, winner of the Prix de la Foret (Fr-I).
From his first North American crop Foxhound produced 21 individual juvenile winners, including the winners of six stakes races.
With only one Australian crop racing, apart from the Champagne Classic (Aust-III) winner Golden Fox, Foxhound has left the ultra smart North Fox, who was two-for-two in the city before being sold overseas, Foxaround winner of the Paklani Stakes, and Not That Innocent, winner in his first start at Sandown.
"Carroll has no interest in syndicating the stallion either," claimed Bott. "He has a few broodmares of his own but he is hoping that standing a stallion with world wide credentials such as this in South Australia and not the Hunter Valley, will make him a big fish in a small pond. And it probably will. My client fully expects the horse to attract over 100 mares this year."
His dam, Lassie Dear, was a grade III winner and is the dam of Weekend Surprise, who is the dam of multiple grade I winners and successful sires A.P. Indy and Summer Squall.
Foxhound is a half-brother to grade I winner Wolfhound, and to the dam of Bite The Bullet, who has been a solid sire of winners for many years in Australia.