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Swettenham Reduces Bianconi Fee
After topping the 100 winner mark for a season for the fifth time this week with 101 winners in Australia in 2012-2013, Swettenham Stud's ever-dependable stalwart Bianconi (Danzig-Fall Aspen, by Pretense) will stand the upcoming breeding season at a reduced fee of $3,300 inc GST. With a winners-to-runnners strike rate at an enviable 62%, Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster noted that he wants to reward breeders who have supported Bianconi over the years. "He's going as well as ever and, through no fault of his own, has probably taken a back-seat since the arrivals of Equiano, Master Of Design and Americain ... We've halved his fee and I'm sure that will spur breeders into remembering what an asset Bianconi has been to the industry," Sangster said. "He's been a 'People's Champion' with bread-and butter winners all the way up to a champion like Nicconi." Bianconi has sired 44 stakes performers and they've stretched out for black-type wins from 1000m to 2400m. His millionaire sprinter Nicconi was a G1 winner of the VRC Lightning Stakes and AJC The Galaxy and his first crop were in demand at the major sales earlier this year. "Bianconi has just turned 19," Sangster said on Thursday. "But he looks years younger and has at least five seasons left in him at stud... He's has never been more reliable and, right now, never more affordable."