Order Of St. George, Sioux Nation Lead New British And Irish Stallions Of 2019 By Mares Bred

Weatherbys’ initial Return of Mares for England and Ireland has been published, and Irish classic winner Order of St. George emerged as the most active first-year stallion of the 2019 breeding season, Racing Post reports.

The three-time Group 1-winning son of Galileo covered 275 mares in his initial book at Coolmore’s Castlehyde Stud in Ireland, primarily breeding for the jumps instead of flat racing. He won going as far as 2 1/2 miles, which he achieved in the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup on the Royal Ascot card. He is also a two-time winner of the Irish St. Leger, a classic race open to older horses.

The region’s second most active stallion, and the top among those breeding for flat racing, was Sioux Nation, a son of Scat Daddy who covered 241 mares at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. An Irish Group 1 winner at age two, Sioux Nation was one of four new stallions on Coolmore’s Irish roster that covered 100 or more mares for the purposes of racing on the flat.

Joining him was Saxon Warrior (by Deep Impact, 165 mares); US Navy Flag (by War Front, 119 mares), and Gustav Klimt (by Galileo, 117 mares).

Of interest to U.S.-based followers of the British and Irish stud book, Expert Eye, winner of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup mile and a son of Acclimation, covered 139 mares at Juddmonte Farms’ Banstead Manor Stud in England.

Two sons of Kitten’s Joy entered stud in the region in 2019. Roaring Lion, who died from complications tied to colic earlier this year, covered 133 mares in his first and only crop at Tweenhills Stud in England. Group 1 winner Hawkbill, a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Free Drop Billy, was visited by 39 mares at Darley‘s English base, Dalham Hall Stud.

Read more at Racing Post.

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