by Darryl Sherer
Sprint stallions tend to dominate in South Africa, so when German-bred Silvano began shuttling in 2003 to the Jacobs family-owned Maine Chance Farm in the Western Cape, he became a revelation.
by Darryl Sherer
Bluegrass Cat, the second leading freshman sire of 2010 by progeny earnings and a top second-crop sire of 2011, will shuttle to Liliana Solari's Haras Don Alberto in Chile for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
According to an announcement on the Vinery Australia Web Site, the farm has "secured a significant shareholding" in Big Brown and the stallion will shuttle beginning this year.
Coolmore Australia has announced service fees for the 2009 season, headed by Encosta de Lago, who will stand at a reduced fee of $220,000.
New Zealand stud Windsor Park announced May 20 that the partners in Montjeu have decided to rest the former champion performer from shuttle duties this year.
In mid-July, speculation was rife in Australia that the top stallion Elusive Quality had outgrown Down Under and therefore wasn't going to shuttle this year.
In the wake of a positive West Nile Virus test to a Canadian standardbred horse, almost 50 Thoroughbred shuttle stallions were released from Australia's major quarantine station outside Sydney on the morning of Aug. 30.
Generous, who was purchased recently by Glenmorgan Farm in New Zealand from the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (JBBA), will stand the Northern Hemisphere season at Plantation Stud in England.
Not that it wasn't already very serious, but the implications foot and mouth disease could have on the Thoroughbred industry became scary business Wednesday when the Australian government placed an indefinite ban on the importation of horses to that country from the European Union.
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