Coolmore Boosts Fees; Giant's Causeway to IR100,000

Coolmore Boosts Fees; Giant's Causeway to IR100,000
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Giant's Causeway, shown winning the Irish Champion Stakes, had his initial stud fee increased as a result of his second-place finish in the Breeders. Cup Classic.
The connection between the Breeders' Cup races and stud fees for the upcoming breeding season became readily apparent when Irish-based Coolmore Stud announced that it was raising its fees for two of its stallions -- Honour and Glory and Thunder Gulch -- and for an incoming stallion -- Giant's Causeway -- from previously published prices.

Giant's Causeway, who finished a close second in the Classic, will stand for IR100,000 (approximately $115,000) instead of the previously announced IR75,000. The 3-year-old colt (Storm Cat -- Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) won five consecutive group I events in Europe this year.

Honour and Glory and Thunder Gulch, both of whom stand at Coolmore's U.S. satellite Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., were represented by a Breeders' Cup winner. Honour and Glory's daughter Caressing took the Juvenile Fillies, and his fee will rise to $40,000 from the previously reported $30,000. Honour and Glory (Relaunch -- Fair to All, by Al Nasr) is represented by his first crop of runners.

Thunder Gulch (Gulch -- Lines of Thunder, by Storm Bird) was represented by Distaff winner Spain and Juvenile runner-up Point Given. His price has been increased from a previously announced fee of $25,000 to $30,000.

Coolmore also announced that Peintre Celebre will not return to Coolmore for the 2001 season and instead will stand at East Stud in Japan. Peintre Celebre (Nureyev -- Peinture Bleue, by Alydar) currently stands at Coolmore Australia.

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