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Top of the Crops - Number 2

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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’s at Number 2.

In second place...
Sir Percy
2020 yearling ave: 39,132gns/€48,485
2018 covering fee: £7,000
Profitability index: 5.87

Sir Percy was an admirably versatile performer in his own racing career, as an unbeaten Group 1 winner at two who was runner-up in the 2,000 Guineas and successful in the Derby. His progeny record is similarly multifaceted, as illustrated in 2020 when his leading runners were narrowly-beaten St Leger runner-up Berkshire Rocco and Horris Hill Stakes runner-up Percy’s Lad.

The son of Mark Of Esteem has commanded a fee of £7,000 since 2015 and has consistently delivered his supporters good results in the ring. His 17 yearling offerings last year sold for an average of 39,132gns, boosted by two colts at Tattersalls October Book 2 who made 150,000gns — a half-brother to Listed winner Le Don De Vie sold by Staffordstown to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock and a son of Willow Beck sold by Lynn Lodge Stud to Alex Elliott and Spicer Thoroughbreds.

Check back tomorrow to see which stallion is at Number 1.

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