Our 2018 miRunners horses’ sires were all on show this weekend in the yearly tradition – the Stallion parades. What was it all about?
This weekend Hunter Valley studs including Arrowfield, Widden Stud and Coolmore opened their doors to broodmare owners and clientele alike to view the Stallions on their books for the 2018 season.
This might seem like any other parade – these stallions are household names in the racing industry.
But this weekend, breeders had a chance to see if what they think will work on paper has potential in in the flesh. (You can try your hand at potential breeding matches here.)
Where do you start?
The choice of stallion for a broodmare is the start of a meticulously planned journey to find the next champion racehorse.
Before you even consider viewing a stallion on parade you might start your journey investigating “nicks”.
Looking to the past is often a good indicator of what might be possible in the future and nick breeding is about crossing different blood lines. A successful “nick” is a cross which works particularly well together.
It can expose the theoretical genetic potential of a match between stallion and broodmare.
Statistics show that high quality broodmares produce an extraordinarily high percent of high class runners. If you have the best you can breed with the best and hope for a high quality outcome.
But if a successful racing mare is becoming more and more sought after, however, there are many exceptions to the rule.
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Physical type is another important ingredient in mating. The broodmare and stallion match is a balancing act.
With excellent individuals, breeding like to like is probably the best way to preserve conforming strengths. With flawed individuals, a mate should be chosen that can compensate for these flaws.
Our miRunners sires
All of this research is critical when you look at the standing fees for the stallions we purchased stock from.
The new Sire on fire right now is the sire of our Zoushack. Called Zoustar, this year he’s standing for $60,500. That is the standing fee alone for Zoustar at Widden this year – and we purchased our yearling after a year’s worth of care, further cost and education.
Not A Single Doubt is standing at Arrowfield for $99,000. He’s sire to our horse Not A Royal Doubt, and grandsire to Your Song X Sheeznodoubt; his bloodline is packed with champions.
Incredibly the most sought after stallions have their books full before the breeding season has even started. With the first season’s foals having hit the ground in the past few weeks, the start of breeding season is well and truly upon us.
Although miRunners purchases on more than just pedigree, we have been watching these stallion parades with interest. We’re preparing our thoughts for purchasing the best possible matches to go to even more great Australian trainers next year.
The miRunners model brings premium thoroughbred ownership to every Australia for the same price as a coffee a week.
Want to learn more? Bjorn Baker is training our Rubick X Slainte filly at Warwick Farm in NSW and you can become an owner for just $275 today and $15 per month – and if you’re a new owner before August 31, you get your first month’s fees free.
For those north of the border in Queensland, the stunning Your Song X Sheeznodoubt filly is currently in pre-training with premiership-winning trainer Tony Gollan at Eagle Farm. You can buy a unit in this filly now for just $275 today and $15 per month – and again, before August 31, new owners get their first month fee-free!