Elusive Quality, tops U.S. stallions shuttling to Australia.

Elusive Quality, tops U.S. stallions shuttling to Australia.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Elusive Quality Tops Australian Shuttle Group

(Published in the Aug. 19, 2006, issue of The Blood-Horse magazine)
Elusive Quality, who topped last year's shuttle group from North America to Australia, boasts this year's highest fee among the 15 stallions making the trip. His southbound fee of $100,000 is the equivalent of about $75,000 in U.S. funds. Elusive Quality's Southern Hemisphere fee in 2005 also was $100,000.

Elusive Quality (Gone West--Touch of Greatness, by Hero's Honor) will stand at Darley Australia. He is based at Darley at Jonabell near Lexington and stood there this year for $100,000.

Veteran shuttler Dehere (Deputy Minister--Sister Dot, by Secretariat) commands the second-highest fee. His $75,000 (approximately $57,500) is $25,000 more than the fees for Fusaichi Pegasus  and More Than Ready . He will stand at Coolmore Australia.

Dehere, who is based at Coolmore's North American satellite, Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., formerly stood at the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association Shuzunai Stallion Station and shuttled to Australia while based in Japan.

Seven Japanese stallions will be making the shuttle to Australia. Eclipse Award winner Timber Country (Woodman--Fall Aspen, by Pretense) heads the group with a $45,000 fee (about $35,000).

The number of stallions making the trip from the U.S. to Australia is down one from last year.

North American/ Australian Shuttle Stallions for 2006

N.A. to Australia
Stallion--N.A. Location--Australian Location
Belong to Me--Lane's End ($20,000)--Widden ($15,000)
Consolidator--Darley/Jonabell ($20,000)--Darley ($12,500)
Dehere--Coolmore ($20,000)--Coolmore ($75,000)
E Dubai--Darley Jonabell ($15,000)--Darley ($7,000)
Elusive Quality--Darley/Jonabell ($100,000)--Darley ($100,000)
Fusaichi Pegasus --Coolmore ($125,000)--Coolmore ($50,000)
Hold That Tiger--Coolmore ($12,500)--Collingrove ($12,000)
JohannesburgCoolmore ($25,000)--Coolmore ($25,000)
King Cugat--Lane's End ($5,000)--Widden ($9,000)
Lion Heart--Coolmore ($30,000)--Coolmore ($20,000)
More Than Ready --Vinery ($30,000)--Vinery ($50,000)
Royal Academy--Coolmore ($15,000)--Coolmore ($25,000)
Southern Image--Taylor Made ($15,000)--Widden ($15,000)
Street Cry--Darley/Jonabell ($30,000)--Darley ($15,000)
Tale of the Cat Coolmore ($50,000)--Coolmore ($35,000)

Japan to Australia
Stallion--Japanese Location--Australian Location
Black Hawk -- Shadai--Eliza Park ($5,000)
Desert King--East Stud--Lynden Park ($12,000)
Falbrev -- Shadai--Arrowfield ($25,000)
Grandera -- Yushun--Darley ($8,000)
Grass Wonder -- Shadai--Eliza Park ($10,000)
Tayasu Tsuyoshi -- Breeders--Chatswood ($5,000)
Timber Country -- Shadai--Eliza Park ($6,000)