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7/5/2020 Sun Stud service fees
Photo: Bel Esprit

Sun Stud has announced its stallion roster for 2020 with an average 25% reduction in service fees.

“Broodmare owners are facing unprecedent times and Sun Stud has acted accordingly in dropping fees across the board,” Sun Stud’s Sales & Nominations Manager, Phil Marshall points out.

“We’ve always regarded ourselves as the ‘breeders’ farm’, heading up initiatives such as the ‘no payment until live foal’, which also remains in play for 2020.

Sun Stud is a firm believer in the strength of the Victorian industry and just want to ensure breeders have every opportunity in these extraordinary times.”

Sun Stud will offer broodmare owners a diverse team of nine for this spring.

Source of Group winners Hawkshot, Stars of Carrum and Moor Gait, along with 2YO black type winner, Power Scheme, FIORENTE boasts one of Victoria’s emerging 3YO stars in Tony Noonan’s Florent, winner of the $430,000 VOBIS Sires’ Guineas in April.

Speaking of VOBIS, MAGNUS is one of the most successful Victorian stallions of all time and among his 350 plus winners of $47 million include 2020 Group winners, Streets of Avalon (Group One Futurity Stakes) and Halvorsen (Group Three Standish Handicap).

Spring will also unveil the first runners for dual Group One winner, PALENTINO whose yearlings sold up to $160,000 and averaged $108,333 in Book 1 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and have, not surprisingly, found their way into leading stables.

8-time Victorian Champion Sire, BEL ESPRIT again represents tremendous value for a stallion who pushed through the 700 winner mark in 2020. Among the top 20 active sires in the nation by winners, this season’s stakes winners include Admiral’s Joker and Tactical Advantage, while exciting 2YO, Kisukano has won 3 from 4.

Sun Stud eagerly awaits (along with 100+ broodmare owners) the arrival of the first Australian progeny by ‘The Chosen Son’ – NATIONAL DEFENSE. The Group One winning Champion juvenile is Invincible Spirit’s highest rated 2YO at stud in Victoria and was one of the nation’s most popular first season sires last spring, covering 159 mares.

Similarly, Snitzel’s Group Two winning sprinter, THRONUM has been supported with high end mares in his two seasons at Sun Stud and his initial progeny are poised to sell at 2021 yearling sales.

The fastest 2YO by speed influence, Northern Meteor, FIGHTING SUN continues to be a reliable source of winners with his 2020 stakes performers including exciting 2YO, Entrapped, Redelva Stakes runner-up, Roccabascerana and Chris Waller’s 2YO, Celestial Sol – third on debut in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes in March – while his yearlings sold up to $200,000 at Melbourne Premier.

Clearly one of the best value sires in Australia, Not A Single Doubt stallion, SQUAMOSA has a ‘cult like’ following and had Kiwi Ida win her fourth stakes race in 2020 before grabbing third in the Group One Waikato Sprint … stakes placed 2YO Amosia has also starred in New Zealand … while Flemington stakes winner and Group Two runner-up, Order of Command set a weight carrying record (62kg) when taking out the time honoured Listed Wangoom Hcp on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, More Than Ready’s stakes winning 2YO, READY FOR VICTORY has only had a handful of runners to date, but they include Gerald Ryan’s Macleay, who won impressively on debut in April and is now a contender for the Group One JJ Atkins Stakes next month.

2020 FEES

BEL ESPRIT                                       $7,700

FIGHTING SUN                                  $7,700

FIORENTE                                          $17,600

MAGNUS                                            $15,400

NATIONAL DEFENSE                        $9,900

PALENTINO                                       $14,300

READY FOR VICTORY                       $4,400

SQUAMOSA                                       $4,400

THRONUM                                         $7,700

All fees inclusive of GST