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“FROM WHENCE THEY COME”
You may wonder why it is that we keep posting lists of the North American and European sires. The short answer is, they’re often the source of our own stallion stock, and the performance of their progeny informs our selections. In his latest review of the third crop sires of those two regions, the world’s greatest analyst, Bill Oppenheim, has ranked them by what he calls the Apex index, and by how prolific they are as producers of Stakes winners. There’s an earnings bias in favour of the North Americans, and so earnings alone is not a reliable guide. America holds a strong hand with its second and fourth season horses, but Europe certainly has the upper arm with those who have progeny just rising four. The outstanding leaders of that lot are Shamardal (by Giant’s Causeway) and Dubawi (by Dubai Destination), both Darley stallions standing in Europe. Here are the stats :
LEADING F2007 SIRES BY A RUNNER INDEX
|Sire||Region||Rank 2011||Rank Cum||A Index||ABC Index|
|ROCK HARD TEN||USA||21||19||2.55||1.79|
Statistics Thoroughbred Daily News
North America always has an earnings advantage though, so when European sires progeny have higher earnings than their American counterparts, that by itself is big news. The real measures of superiority in this case are the Black type comparisons : Dubawi has 11 group/graded stakes winners (North American crops) to date, Shamardal has 10. The leading North American sires are Afleet Alex and Rock Hard Ten, with four each. Dubawi has 18 Black-type winners, Shamardal 16; Afleet Alex (13) and Wildcat Heir (10) are tops in North America. Total Black type horses: Dubawi 28, Shamardal 26; Afleet Alex has 22, Wildcat Heir 18 as does Coolmore’s European sire Footstepsinthesand.