News Top of the Crops - Number 1

Top of the Crops - Number 1

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To mark the publication of the 56th edition of the Bloodstock Sales Review, Martin Stevens has compiled a top ten of the most profitable British and Irish-based yearling sires of last year. He have worked out each sires’ profitability index by dividing their 2020 yearling average by their covering fee of 2018, when the offspring in question were conceived. Here's who tops the chart.

And in first place...
2020 yearling ave: 356,017gns/€441,105
2018 covering fee: £55,000
Profitability index: 6.80

Kingman was an outstanding champion on the track and the great success he has enjoyed with his early progeny suggests he could just be a champion sire of the future. Banstead Manor Stud’s son of Invincible Spirit has been responsible for 29 stakes winners from his first three crops, headed by the Group/Grade 1 victors Domestic Spending, Palace Pier and Persian King.

Kingman has been priced at £150,000 for the past two years, and his yearlings of 2020 were the last conceived at his introductory fee of £55,000. Vendors who had lots from that crop in their auction drafts last autumn were in clover, with 29 sold for an average of 356,017gns, led by the half-brother to Galileo Gold sold by Houghton Bloodstock to Oliver St Lawrence for 2,700,000gns.

Galileo and Shamardal no doubt also produced high profitability indices, but they are excluded from our top ten as they stood at private fees in 2018.

It is also worth noting there were some strong performances from sires who were based in France when last season’s yearlings were conceived.

Motivator led the way with a profitability index of 11.83, although that figure is skewed by the sale of one of his five yearlings, the full-sister to Treve, for €520,000. The other four made €28,000 or less.

Laudable profitability indices were also achieved by upwardly mobile names Whitecliffsofdover (7.48), Goken (7.30), Galiway (6.99), Wootton Bassett (5.39) and Attendu (4.97).

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