European star Giant's Causeway, who will make his first U.S. appearance in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will begin his stallion career for IR75,000 guineas (approximately $82,500) at John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud in Ireland. The first horse to win five consecutive group I events in the same year since Nijinsky II in 1970, Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat -- Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) races for Mrs. Magnier and Michael Tabor and has earned $2.1 million off a record of nine wins and three seconds from a dozen starts.
Coolmore also announced a fee of IR30,000 guineas ($33,000) for new stallion Montjeu. A champion in France and Ireland and a $3.1-million earner, Montjeu (Sadler's Wells -- Floripedes, by Top Ville) captured the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), and Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) among his 11 wins from 15 starts.
Coolmore stallion Grand Lodge, whose 3-year-old son Sinndar won this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as well as the Irish and Epsom (Eng-I) Derbys, will command a fee of IR35,000 guineas ($38,500), up from IR12,500 guineas. Grand Lodge (Chief's Crown -- La Papagena, by Habitat) also is the sire of 2000 French group I winner Indian Lodge and Australian group I winner Freemason.