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Encosta Irish Trip To Cover Coolmore Mares
Coolmore's boom Australian sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) "has been given the opportunity to transfer his Southern Hemisphere dominance on a global scale," declared thoroughbredinternet.com. The 13-year-old stallion departed for Ireland yesterday "where he will cover a strictly limited book of mares". Coolmore Australia's Michael Kirwan confirmed: "It boils down to our confidence in Encosta de Lago more than anything else: he is challenging for the sires' premiership here & he has had enormous success in recent weeks. His 2YOs are going fantastically, with 3 Golden Slipper contenders in Press The Button, Cecconi & Moonboat; & he is getting tough, sound horses that train on over 2400m. We feel he is a brilliant sire heading in the right direction, everything is going his way at the moment. We plan to utilise him for our own mares in Ireland; possibly he will be available to outside mares. Encosta de Lago is a horse for all seasons & this year's yearlings are from the best mares he has had to date. He is very competitive at all levels: on the general sires' table, by 2YOs, by number of winners." Overall Encosta de Lago boasts 40 stakes-winners (including last weekend's Gr2 Reisling Stakes winner Press The Button & Gr1 NZ Oaks winner Princess Coup). And in the sale ring, he "accounted for the top-priced $2.6 million filly in Australia last year": a full sister to his 4-time Gr1-winning champion filly Alinghi. Last season he stood at $160,000 (2nd most expensive sire in Australia) & he has 49 yearlings catalogued for next month's Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney.