Expect the Unexpected

Tara Madgwick - Tuesday September 1

Tremendous audience interest in the Ladbrokes market for leading first season sire by winners for 2020/2021 got us thinking about the stallions that have won this title in the past and it’s not always the horses everyone thinks.
 

Year

Stallion

First Crop Australian Winners

Service Fee First Year

2020

Spill the Beans

13

$11,000

 

Headwater

13

$16,500

2019

Better Than Ready

23

$9,900

2018

Spirit of Boom

18

$11,000

2017

Your Song

11

$22,000

2016

Love Conquers All

8

$13,750

 

Sidereus

8

$6,600

2015

Rothesay

14

$12,100

2014

I Am Invincible

15

$11,000

2013

Northern Meteor

18

$33,000

2012

Husson (Arg)

11

$30,250

2011

Ad Valorem (USA)

8

$22,000

 

Nadeem

8

$33,000

 

Red Dazzler

8

$16,500

 

All Bar One

8

$6,600

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There have been some amazing success stories to come from this list over the past 10 years headed by I Am Invincible, now Australia’s most expensive sire, and Northern Meteor, who has founded a sire dynasty through his high class sons Zoustar and Deep Field, both of whom have sons of their own at stud this season.

I Am Invincible

You need to go all the way back to 2012 to find a winner bred outside of Australia, which probably says something about Aussie bred and raced sires having an edge over their shuttle peers in terms of delivering volume of two year-old winners.

One of the most interesting years on this list is 2011, which on face value appeared to be a very average vintage with four stallions tying on eight winners and none of them going on to achieve lasting commercial success.

Lurking below them on just five winners was Written Tycoon, who did win Champion First Season Sire by earnings that year with a paltry total of $644,700.

The years since then have been productive ones for Written Tycoon who has soared past all his rivals of that year to now be a leading sire standing at Arrowfield Stud this spring.

The Champion Sire of Victoria when standing at Woodside Park previously, he is set to cover a full book at a fee of $77,000 in the Hunter Valley this year.

Written Tycoon

The end of a stallion's first season of runners is but the start of what can be a very long and winding road!

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