Who are the Most Profitable Sires of 2022?

Tara Madgwick - Tuesday May 10

For many commercial breeders the release of service fees each year means a lot of homework to delve into which sires did well in the marketplace and why in a bid to find value in a competitive market going forward.

With a three year time frame between choosing a stallion this spring and getting money in the bank from yearling sales in 2025, there is a lot to consider, so before we start our annual Price Point series analysing stallions in each price bracket, we thought an overall look at Australian yearling sale stats for active Australian sires might be illuminating.
 

Major Australian Yearling Sales - Active Australian Sires by Average - Top  20

Sold

Avge

Agg

Sire

2019 Fee

xFee

FeeProfit

88

578,580

50,915,000

I Am Invincible

247,500

2.3

311,080

71

561,197

39,845,000

Snitzel

220,000

2.6

321,197

93

445,161

41,400,000

Zoustar

154,000

2.9

271,161

26

440,000

11,440,000

Fastnet Rock

165,000

2.7

255,000

60

347,917

20,875,000

Written Tycoon

110,000

3.2

217,917

21

346,429

7,275,000

Extreme Choice

22,000

15.7

304,429

39

313,590

12,230,000

Exceed and Excel

88,000

3.6

205,590

71

298,592

21,200,000

The Autumn Sun

77,000

3.9

201,592

29

279,828

8,115,000

Lonhro

77,000

3.6

182,828

52

269,904

14,035,000

Justify

77,000

3.5

172,904

54

262,963

14,200,000

Pierro

88,000

3

154,963

85

251,000

21,335,000

Dundeel

66,000

3.8

165,000

107

239,486

25,625,000

Deep Field

44,000

5.4

175,486

73

218,425

15,945,000

Trapeze Artist

88,000

2.5

110,425

67

212,612

14,245,000

Russian Revolution

55,000

3.9

137,612

38

204,079

7,755,000

Toronado

27,500

7.4

156,579

31

201,194

6,237,000

Maurice

27,500

7.3

153,694

86

194,477

16,725,000

Capitalist

55,000

3.5

119,477

12

190,833

2,290,000

Street Boss

27,500

6.9

143,333

62

179,758

11,145,000

So You Think

38,500

4.7

121,258


The above list shows the Top 20 sires by average at the Australian majors for all active Australian based sires with Yarraman Park’s I am Invincible topping the list. He has never won an Australian General Sires title by earnings, but is right in contention this year sitting in a close second place to So You Think.

I Am Invincible

I Am Invincible is the complete package as a sire in producing beautiful sale yearlings and more winners than any other stallion, so it’s no surprise he is where he is.

 

Major Australian Yearling Sales - Active Australian sires by profit, all with 100k plus

Sold

Avge

Agg

Sire

2019 Fee

xFee

FeeProfit

71

561,197

39,845,000

Snitzel

220,000

2.6

321,197

88

578,580

50,915,000

I Am Invincible

247,500

2.3

311,080

21

346,429

7,275,000

Extreme Choice

22,000

15.7

304,429

93

445,161

41,400,000

Zoustar

154,000

2.9

271,161

26

440,000

11,440,000

Fastnet Rock

165,000

2.7

255,000

60

347,917

20,875,000

Written Tycoon

110,000

3.2

217,917

39

313,590

12,230,000

Exceed and Excel

88,000

3.6

205,590

71

298,592

21,200,000

The Autumn Sun

77,000

3.9

201,592

29

279,828

8,115,000

Lonhro

77,000

3.6

182,828

107

239,486

25,625,000

Deep Field

44,000

5.4

175,486

52

269,904

14,035,000

Justify

77,000

3.5

172,904

85

251,000

21,335,000

Dundeel

66,000

3.8

165,000

38

204,079

7,755,000

Toronado

27,500

7.4

156,579

54

262,963

14,200,000

Pierro

88,000

3

154,963

31

201,194

6,237,000

Maurice

27,500

7.3

153,694

25

175,800

4,395,000

Shamus Award

11,000

16

144,800

12

190,833

2,290,000

Street Boss

27,500

6.9

143,333

67

212,612

14,245,000

Russian Revolution

55,000

3.9

137,612

8

165,625

1,325,000

Encryption

13,200

12.5

132,425

10

170,000

1,700,000

Lean Mean Machine

17,600

9.7

132,400

9

173,889

1,565,000

Churchill

22,000

7.9

131,889

9

176,111

1,585,000

Saxon Warrior

24,750

7.1

131,361

45

175,133

7,881,000

Written By

24,750

7.1

130,383

4

158,750

635,000

Xtravagant

16,500

9.6

122,250

62

179,758

11,145,000

So You Think

38,500

4.7

121,258

86

194,477

16,725,000

Capitalist

55,000

3.5

119,477

52

165,385

8,600,000

Hellbent

27,500

6

117,885

53

170,377

9,030,000

Shalaa

33,000

5.2

117,377

3

153,333

460,000

Magnus

16,500

9.3

116,833

35

176,714

6,185,000

Spirit of Boom

44,000

4

112,714

36

152,833

5,502,000

Harry Angel

22,000

6.9

110,833

73

218,425

15,945,000

Trapeze Artist

88,000

2.5

110,425


Here we see the stallions sorted by straight profit which again highlights the expensive sires with Arrowfield Stud’s Snitzel holding an edge over I Am Invincible thanks to the slight difference in their fees in 2019.

Snitzel

Newgate Farm’s Extreme Choice rides high on the list achieving stunning results from a $22,000 service fee with his limited numbers and SW to runner ratio of 18% making him hot property.

His fee this year has increased to $275,000 making him the most expensive sire in the country and ranked above I Am Invincible ($247,500) and Snitzel ($220,000).

 

Major Australian Yearling Sales - Active Australian Sires by Aggregate Top 20

Sold

Avge

Agg

Sire

Fee

xFee

FeeProfit

88

578,580

50,915,000

I Am Invincible

247,500

2.3

311,080

93

445,161

41,400,000

Zoustar

154,000

2.9

271,161

71

561,197

39,845,000

Snitzel

220,000

2.6

321,197

107

239,486

25,625,000

Deep Field

44,000

5.4

175,486

85

251,000

21,335,000

Dundeel

66,000

3.8

165,000

71

298,592

21,200,000

The Autumn Sun

77,000

3.9

201,592

60

347,917

20,875,000

Written Tycoon

110,000

3.2

217,917

86

194,477

16,725,000

Capitalist

55,000

3.5

119,477

73

218,425

15,945,000

Trapeze Artist

88,000

2.5

110,425

67

212,612

14,245,000

Russian Revolution

55,000

3.9

137,612

54

262,963

14,200,000

Pierro

88,000

3

154,963

52

269,904

14,035,000

Justify

77,000

3.5

172,904

39

313,590

12,230,000

Exceed and Excel

88,000

3.6

205,590

26

440,000

11,440,000

Fastnet Rock

165,000

2.7

255,000

62

179,758

11,145,000

So You Think

38,500

4.7

121,258

53

170,377

9,030,000

Shalaa

33,000

5.2

117,377

52

165,385

8,600,000

Hellbent

27,500

6

117,885

29

279,828

8,115,000

Lonhro

77,000

3.6

182,828

45

175,133

7,881,000

Written By

24,750

7.1

130,383

38

204,079

7,755,000

Toronado

27,500

7.4

156,579


The leading sires by aggregate are those beloved by the auction houses as their stock are plentiful and popular.

Deep Field

Newgate Farm’s Deep Field is an interesting sire and his 107 yearlings sold is the most of all sires so he’s going to have a massive crop of 2YO’s to run for him next season and they were conceived in the year his fee was doubled from $22,000 to $44,000.

They could well prove to be a pivotal crop for the son of Northern Meteor as he seeks to reposition himself as an elite stallion that stands this year for $88,000.


 

Major Australian Yearling Sales - Active Australian  Sires by Multiple of Fee  x4 upwards

Sold

Avge

Agg

Sire

2019 Fee

xFee

FeeProfit

25

175,800

4,395,000

Shamus Award

11,000

16

144,800

21

346,429

7,275,000

Extreme Choice

22,000

15.7

304,429

8

165,625

1,325,000

Encryption

13,200

12.5

132,425

5

123,000

615,000

Showtime

11,000

11.2

92,000

4

110,000

440,000

Overshare

11,000

10

79,000

10

170,000

1,700,000

Lean Mean Machine

17,600

9.7

132,400

4

158,750

635,000

Xtravagant

16,500

9.6

122,250

3

153,333

460,000

Magnus

16,500

9.3

116,833

21

124,762

2,620,000

Grunt

13,750

9.1

91,012

7

107,857

755,000

Rich Enuff

12,100

8.9

75,757

11

134,545

1,480,000

Menari

16,500

8.2

98,045

9

173,889

1,565,000

Churchill

22,000

7.9

131,889

38

204,079

7,755,000

Toronado

27,500

7.4

156,579

31

201,194

6,237,000

Maurice

27,500

7.3

153,694

45

175,133

7,881,000

Written By

24,750

7.1

130,383

9

176,111

1,585,000

Saxon Warrior

24,750

7.1

131,361

12

190,833

2,290,000

Street Boss

27,500

6.9

143,333

36

152,833

5,502,000

Harry Angel

22,000

6.9

110,833

6

73,333

440,000

Prized Icon

11,000

6.7

42,333

9

103,056

927,500

Kermadec

16,500

6.2

66,556

30

136,533

4,096,000

Pariah

22,000

6.2

94,533

52

165,385

8,600,000

Hellbent

27,500

6

117,885

11

120,000

1,320,000

Smart Missile

22,000

5.5

78,000

107

239,486

25,625,000

Deep Field

44,000

5.4

175,486

53

170,377

9,030,000

Shalaa

33,000

5.2

117,377

3

83,333

250,000

Press Statement

16,500

5.1

46,833

23

111,739

2,570,000

Brave Smash

22,000

5.1

69,739

30

106,583

3,197,500

Impending

22,000

4.8

64,583

23

131,957

3,035,000

All Too Hard

27,500

4.8

84,457

62

179,758

11,145,000

So You Think

38,500

4.7

121,258

16

76,094

1,217,500

Headwater

16,500

4.6

39,594

7

75,714

530,000

Winning Rupert

16,500

4.6

39,214

8

123,125

985,000

Star Witness

27,500

4.5

75,625

17

145,000

2,465,000

Better Than Ready

33,000

4.4

92,000

17

90,294

1,535,000

Star Turn

22,000

4.1

48,294

7

90,714

635,000

Shooting to Win

22,000

4.1

48,714

35

176,714

6,185,000

Spirit of Boom

44,000

4

112,714

17

109,853

1,867,500

Frosted

27,500

4

62,353


This list invariably highlights young up and coming sires or those that have had a dramatic change of fortune and Rosemont Stud’s Shamus Award falls into the latter category.

Shamus Award

A slow burn sire that relocated from the Hunter Valley to Victoria in 2019, Shamus Award has emerged as a serious sire with nearly 7% SW to runner. Importantly his 18 SW’s include five Group I winners headed by this season’s Caulfield Cup winner Incentivise, Australian Cup winner Duais and Australian Oaks winner El Patroness.

A Cox Plate winner, Shamus Award has the unique ability to produce fast clean winded elite stayers, which is probably not what breeders were expecting when the son of Snitzel retired to stud in 2014.



 

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