News Will 2022 Leading First Season Sire market be a one-horse race?

Will 2022 Leading First Season Sire market be a one-horse race?

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The 2021 campaign Leading First Season Sire race proved a very open affair with Cotai Glory ultimately coming out on top to be crowned champion.

However, the race looks very different, with two Stallions dominating the top of the market. Fitzdares has chalked up its opening show for 2022, installing the Coolmore-owned Sioux Nation the 1/2  favourite, followed by Whitsbury Manor Stud’s, Havana Grey at 9/4.

Both stallions certainly look to have the pedigree for the job. Caravaggio, a fellow son of Sioux Nation’s sire Scat Daddy, put up a solid effort last year and Havana Gold went close himself back in 2017. It looks as if the sheer volume of runners could be the decisive factor this time around and the aforementioned Sioux Nation comes out well on top on that metric.

Outsider Kessaar at 25/1 is one that has seen some interest, largely in part due to Tally Ho stud’s stranglehold on this prize in recent years.

“We absolutely love pricing up this market, which would be impossible to price were it not for Weatherbys’ Stallion Book, Global Stallions App and particularly their Return of Mares supplement,” said Sam Hockenull, Fitzdares’ Head of Horseracing.

“It was not hard to pick out Sioux Nation as a short-priced favourite given the huge numerical advantage he has. We hope in the coming weeks to price up a ‘total prize money’ market for the first time. In turn, this will hopefully offer a much more competitive market” added Hockenhull.

Sioux Nation 1/2
Havana Grey 9/4
Saxon Warrior 6/1
Expert Eye 10/1
Roaring Lion 14/1
Harry Angel 14/1
Kessaar 25/1
Cracksman 33/1
Massaat 100/1
U S Navy Flag 100/1
Tasleet 100/1
Gustav Klimt 100/1
Rajasinghe 200/1
Unfortunately 500/1
Washington DC 500/1
Lightning Spear 500/1
Smooth Daddy 500/1
James Garfield 500/1