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Sheikh Limits 1st-Year Books Of Invasor & Jazil

Thursday, 20th September 2007

In the US, Sheikh Hamdan is "taking a strong stand against what he sees as troubling trends in the breeding industry" by "deciding to limit the 1st-year books of both his Horse-Of-The-Year Invasor & classic winner Jazil to 85 mares each," reported bloodhorse.com. Sheikh Hamdan's Kentucky-based Shadwell Farm general manager Rick Nichols explained "the movement toward books of 150 & more mares demands stallions often be bred as many as 4-times-a-day" which "is just the wrong thing to do. We don't feel that's right for the horse. Sheikh Hamdan, first & foremost, always does what's best for the horse." Nichols added that, without realistic limits "you sacrifice your horse for the economics of your operation & we don't believe in doing that." While many farms "encourage huge books for their young stallions because if the horses don't get a Gr1-winner in their 1st crop, they are not considered commercially viable anymore," Nichols said Sheikh Hamdan believes "if it takes 200 mares to produce a Gr1-winner for a sire, then that horse is not good enough." And Nichols said he & Sheikh Hamdan are also concerned that stallions which cover large numbers of mares "may sire more weak off-spring in general than those that do not". In addition the trend toward huge books for some stallions "means others that may be worthy are not getting enough opportunities: a trend that eventually will lead to less diversity in the breed". Nichols noted: "If Mr Prospector & Danzig were to go to stud today, neither would get a full book because their race records weren't strong enough." Nichols summed up: "Sheikh Hamdan is a very good steward of our breed & he sees things that we're not doing right. We're developing a breed that's very closely related. All of us in this industry need to take a step back & see what we're doing to the breed & stop looking at our pocketbooks." Invasor (Candy Stripes-Quendom, by Interprete) will stand his 1st season next year for US$35,000 & Jazil (Seeking The Gold-Better Than Honour, by Deputy Minister) will stand for US$12,500.

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