Victoria‚Äôs Woodside Park Stud announced its 2011 fees yesterday. Foreplay, who has had his stud career rejuvenated after stem cell treatment, will stand for $13,750 (inc. GST), a drop of 17 per-cent from last year‚Äôs fee of $16,500.
‚ÄúWe were delighted with the results from Foreplay last year,‚Äù Woodside Park‚Äôs bloodstock manager Dean Harvey said yesterday. ‚ÄúHe was only announced as standing commercially late, yet he attracted 61 mares ‚Äì we are pleased to say that of the non walk-in mares he covered, which is a majority of his book, he got 82 per cent in foal.
‚ÄúWe are now offering Foreplay at a price that is hard to beat when compared with young stallions with a similar record.‚Äù
Econsul, who on Monday recorded his first winner, also has had a fee reduction from $7700 to $4400 (inc. GST).
‚ÄúLogically, this will be Econsul‚Äôs toughest year as his first-crop 2yo‚Äôs are only just starting to hit the tracks. He is tremendous value for a Caulfield Guineas winner whose first two crops were quite commercially accepted by the market at the yearling sales, particularly with the trainers who liked their strength and bone.‚Äù Harvey said.
Irish Derby winner Grey Swallow also will stand for $4400 (inc. GST) in 2011. ‚ÄúThere is a growing demand for staying horses in Australia, and Grey Swallow ticks a lot of boxes, as he was a tremendous stayer with a wonderful turn-of-foot. Grey Swallow‚Äôs oldest progeny are two-year-olds.‚Äù according to Harvey.
‚ÄúWe have some very nice young horses in training by Grey Swallow, and like him, they are very well-balanced, lovely-moving horses. I think as a stallion, he‚Äôs a bit of a sleeper, because he was a world-class racehorse.‚Äù