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Coolmore Sires: 1 Fee Up, 9 Down & 4 Unchanged
Coolmore Australia general manager Michael Kirwan commented: "The racing season of 2009-10 has been a particularly exciting one for Coolmore Australia, for amidst all the racecourse success, it has heralded the dawning of Fastnet Rock as a sire of the highest calibre. The deeds of his progeny, be it on the racetrack or in the sales ring, have marked him down as a champion sire in waiting, and as such, the natural successor to his own sire, the late great Danehill. No less meritorious have been the feats of the progeny of High Chaparral, new to Coolmore Australia for 2010. His 1st-crop 3YOs have claimed a number of Australia's most prestigious races to date in what has been an enviable start to his Australasian stud career. Still however, Encosta de Lago retains his mantle as Australasia's best sire. He remains firmly on track for a 3rd consecutive Australian sires premiership on the back of a season that has seen him produce over 25 individual stakes-performers in Australia alone. Our mid-season acquisition Starspangledbanner has thrilled trainer Aidan O'Brien since arriving in Ireland & we look forward to him joining us at Coolmore Australia after what we hope will be a successful European campaign. Be it in his all the way win in the sire-making Gr1 Caulfield Guineas or his scintillating success beating older sprinters in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate, his efforts in this country marked him down as the fastest horse of his generation & he is a hugely exciting sire prospect."