“Round sums thwarted as Darley winning bids exceed fees”
Racing Post - 27 January 2013
The first round of bidding in an online auction of nominations to three of Darley America’s leading stallions ended on Friday with the winning bids all exceeding the horses’ advertised fees this year.
The nomination to Medaglia D’Oro, sire of nine top-flight winners including Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, sold for $105,100, just over $5,000 above his fee of $100,000.
Bidding reached $68,100 for the nomination to leading second-crop sire Hard Spun. His advertised fee this year is $60,000.
Former Australian champion sire Lonhro, who is shuttling to Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for the second time this year, achieved a price of $41,100. He stands at $30,000.
The next round of bidding, for the second of three sets of nominations to those stallions, starts tomorrow.
Darley has heralded the prices as a “strong vote of confidence from industry breeders”.
What those three winning bids ending in $100 tell me is frustrated underbidders who offered nice, round sums will have to rethink their strategy.
It’s fair to say that when Singspiel died in 2010 obituaries led on his glittering racing career rather than his achievements at stud.
That’s not to denigrate his breeding record. Far from it. The son of In The Wings racked up 13 individual top-flight winners, but with only two stallion sons in Britain and Ireland, Eastern Anthem and Moon Ballad, who cover at £2,000 and €2,500, it didn’t look as though he was going to be a breed-shaping stallion.
Or so I thought, until I read through our New Stallions supplement in Friday’s paper and it struck me that Singspiel was the damsire of no fewer than three new recruits this year - Caspar Netscher, Debussy and Helmet.
Then you remember that last month Singspiel’s Grade 2-winning son Lohengrin supplied the first and third home from his second crop, Logotype and Gottfried, in the Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Nakayama. So there is hope that he will be supported by Japanese breeders this year.
With news this week that one of Singspiel’s last stars, Dar Re Mi, will be covered by Frankel, there is hope that Singspiel will continue to strengthen his influence on the breed.