Arrowfield has set the trend that is likely to be followed by all other studs this year, with Australia's most expensive stallion Redoute's Choice having a 40% cut in his fee.
Just three days out from the running of the world's richest juvenile race, the Aus$3.5-million Golden Slipper Stakes (Aust-I) at Rosehill Gardens, two major Australian stud farms have taken pro-active steps and gambled millions.
Champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice will stand at a record Australian service fee of $300,000 plus GST this spring.
Pinhookers were out in force as day one of the Sydney Inglis Weanling sale unfolded on Sunday in Australia. The top price was paid by Coolmore representative Colm Santry who went to Aus$320,000 (U.S.$266,700) on behalf of a client for a filly by Encosta de Lago from the stakes placed Langfuhr mare Shalang.
There was a surprise on the second of the Melbourne Inglis Premier Sale when a stallion standing for a small fee had a colt fetch a whopping Aus$270,000 (U.S.$209,000).
Miss Finland is set to campaign in the Northern Hemisphere after landing her third major win of 2006 in the Victoria Oaks (Aust-I).
Australian sire Redoute's Choice has had his 2006 fee raised to A$275,000 (approximately $209,000) at John Messara's Arrowfield Stud near Scone in New South Wales.
Miss Finland, the 50th winner of the Golden Slipper (Aust-I), is a legacy of an arrangement between Arrowfield Stud principal John Messara and the late Sheikh Maktoum.
It was Snitzel [schnitzel] with the works in Melbourne Feb. 26, his win in the 122nd Oakleigh Plate (Aust-I) completing a double for his white-hot Danehill sire Redoute's Choice.
Leading Australian sire Redoute's Choice will be bred to a limited number of mares on Northern Hemisphere time at John Messara's Arrowfield Stud near Scone in New South Wales.
Arrowfield Stud announced that it had negotiated the purchase of an interest in Australian champion Starcraft. While terms had been agreed upon after Starcraft's win in the Sept. 24 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I), the ownership change will not take place until after Starcraft's Breeders' Cup appearance.
The hottest stud in Australia, Arrowfield, home of the "wonder from down under" Redoute's Choice (Danehill -- Shantha's Choice) announced its 2005 stud fees Friday.
In a stunning multi-million dollar development overnight, Australia's most progressive stud farm, Arrowfield, has entered into an agreement with a silent partner to purchase all of Vinery Stud's Australian weanlings.
Hussonet, a leading son of Mr. Prospector who is standing his first North American season at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington, has joined the elite club of stallions that have sired more than 50 stakes winners.
European champion Falbrav, who will enter stud at the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station in Japan, will shuttle to John Messara's Arrowfield Stud in Australia for the 2004 Southern Hemisphere season.
Australia's Thoroughbred breeders have taken a significant step toward unity with a merger of its two leading bodies. Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Aushorse jointly announced their amalgamation in a press statement earlier this month.
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