There are two superstar stallions in Australia: One is Redoute's Choiceand the other is Encosta de Lago. Coolmore owns Encosta de Lago, and he is about to be given the chance to show his talents on a global stage at the outfit's stud in Ireland.
Encosta de Lago, sire of U.S. graded turf winner Alinghi, “has been given the opportunity to transfer his Southern Hemisphere dominance on a global scale," said Coolmore Australia's general manager Michael Kirwan.
The 13-year-old stallion (Fairy King--Shoal Creek, by Star Way) has departed Coolmore Australia bound for Ireland “where he will cover a strictly limited book of mares."
Kirwan also confirmed: “It boils down to our confidence in Encosta de Lago more than anything else: He is challenging for the sires’ premiership in Australia, and he has had enormous success in recent weeks. His 2-year-olds are going fantastically, with three live Golden Slipper (Aust-I) contenders in Press The Button, Cecconi, and Moonboat; and he is getting tough, sound horses that train on over 2,400 meters (12 furlongs).
"We feel he is a brilliant sire heading in the right direction, with absolutely everything going his way at the moment. We plan to utilize him for our own mares in Ireland, and possibly he will be available to outside mares. Encosta de Lago is a horse for all seasons, and this year’s yearlings are from the best mares he has had to date. He is very competitive at all levels: on the general sires’ table, by 2-year-olds and by number of winners.”
Overall, Encosta de Lago boasts 41 stakes-winners, including last weekend's group I New Zealand Oaks winner Princess Coup and group II winner Press The Button.
And in the sale ring, he accounted for the top-priced Aus$2.6 million (U.S.$2,087,000) filly in Australia last year; a full sister to his four -time group I-winning champion filly Alinghi. That filly is already stakes-placed.
Last season, Encosta de Lago stood at Aus$160,000 (U.S.$129,000) which is the second most expensive sire in Australia, and he has 49 yearlings catalogued for next month’s massive Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney.