In March, the daffs start to flower and we can start to think about the forthcoming flat season. Our Leading First-Season Sire betting market has just been launched. Let’s look at the stallions who are considered to be the most-promising sources of winners, as the first of their progeny take to the track…View Our Full Leading First-Season Sire Market Now!
The son of Montjeu was the last horse to have a serious tilt at the Triple-Crown. The St Leger proved to be just beyond him, but he’ll no doubt have been taking comfort from the number of mares he has been asked to cover since his retirement in 2014. Coolmore’s fee, for the horse that won 6 of his 10 races, is €25,000 and he’s been a busy boy.
He was outstanding as a 2-year-old and won the Dewhurst by almost 3 lengths, from stablemate Leitir Mor. The Classic campaign of Jim Bolger’s star inmate began with victory in the 2,000 Guineas, but hard-pulling cost Dawn Approach dear in the Epsom Derby and betting-slip confetti rained down in the stands as he tailed-in last. Dawn Approach did recover from this day of ignominy though and won the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot.
Declaration Of War
Sired by War Front and out of Tempo West, Aidan O’Brien’s charge won the Queen Anne and the Juddmonte International. Coolmore slapped a €40,000 fee onto this one and he’s been standing at the Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
Other Sires In Contention
The offspring of this tremendous trio look sure to do well, but our Leading First-Season Sire betting market looks very open. The likes of Society Rock, Epaulette, Lethal Force, Red Jazz, Intello, Havana Gold, Swiss Spirit and Most Improved are all likely to attract a degree of market support.
Our man Joseph Burke spoke to the Racing Post on Friday and said “…Epaulette will be expected to make a mark this year and Red Jazz, Lethal Force and Havana Gold all have chances too. The fact that Most Improved and Swiss Spirit, are available at 20/1 is evidence of how competitive the competition promises to be in 2017.”.View Our Full Leading First-Season Sire Market Now!