A “Closer Look” at What Might Have Been and What Is

Tara Madgwick - Monday June 8

Not all stallions get to live long lives and fulfil their true stud potential.

One of those is Northern Meteor, who retired to Widden Stud in 2009 and with just four crops has left a lasting legacy through his top class sire sons Zoustar and Deep Field.

The interesting thing when you look at his statistics below is the comparative disappointment of his fourth crop giving rise to the question of what would have happened in the future if he had gone on.

Northern Meteor (2005  - 2013)

 

Crop Year (SH)

Mares Covered / Service Fee

Stakes-Winners/ Best Performers

2010

198 / $33,000

12 SW’s / G1 Zoustar, Cosmic Endeavour, Romantic Touch, Amanpour, G2 Deep Field

2011

156 / $33,000

8 SW’s / G1 Shooting to Win

2012

108/ $33,000

3 SW’s / G1 Speak Fondly

2013

160/ $33,000

1 SW/ Listed Guard of Honour


At the time of his death in July 2013, Northern Meteor had only just started to hit his straps with a late season flurry of winners including Romantic Touch, who won the Group I BRC JJ Atkins, propelling him past his Widden Stud barn mate Sebring to be crowned Champion First Season Sire.



Just a few months earlier in April when fees were released, Northern Meteor had been reduced to $27,500, while Sebring had been increased to $38,500…. my what a difference those couple of months made.

Sadly, breeders were never able to take advantage of that bargain basement fifth season fee for Northern Meteor, so we will never know whether he could reproduce those stellar statistics from his first crop.

Northern Meteor continued gathering momentum as his progeny turned three and while Sebring beat him to be Champion Second Crop sire by earnings in 2014, Northern Meteor set a record for second crop winners.

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His tally of 80 Australian winners for the 2013/2014 season has not been challenged since, although his son Deep Field is now in hot pursuit with 74 winners and nearly two months of the season to run.

Northern Meteor

While Northern Meteor checked out early, Sebring has continued a lot longer and flourished to become a serious Group I sire, his death last year coming at the height of his commercial appeal.

Sebring has been a Top 10 sire by earnings in every season since 2014 and his last crop of yearlings will be a highlight at sales of 2021.

Sebring (2005 – 2019)

 

Crop Year (SH)

Mares Covered / Service Fee

Stakes-Winners/ Best Performers

2010

190/ $49,500

9 SW’s / G1 Dissident, Criterion

2011

149/ $49,500

8 SW’s / G1 Lucky Bubbles

2012

194/ $38,500

8 SW’s / G2 Catch a Fire

2013

203/ $33,000

11 SW’s / G1 Egg Tart, Nettoyer

2014

223/ $38,500

11 SW’s / G2 Gold Standard

2015

191/ $60,500

8 SW’s / G1 Amphitrite

2016

176/ $66,000

4 SW’s / G2 Aethero

2017

185/ $77,000

2YO’s

2018

205/ $66,000

Yearlings

2019

199 / $66,000

Weanlings


Despite the difference in length of time they were at stud and the quality of mares covered, Northern Meteor and Sebring have achieved remarkably similar statistics in terms of stakes-winners to runners.

Northern Meteor sits at 6.5%, while Sebring is at 6.9%.

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