Shirocco set for a bumper year at stud on back of Cheltenham results
With over 200 thoroughbred stallions currently standing in Ireland, breeders are spoilt for choice when it comes to covering their mares. National Hunt breeders, in particular, have been closely watching the sales' results and form of horses on the track in recent months in the lead up to the 2016 season.
At the recent Cheltenham meeting Rathbarry & Glenview Studs enjoyed a record six winners sired by their resident stallions and all are now gearing up for a busy season at their base in Co Cork.
Standing for a fee of €6,000, Shirocco has proven to be a huge success since his arrival in Ireland in 2014 and Minella Rocco's (NH Chase) and Annie Power's (Champion Hurdle) victories at Cheltenham have undoubtedly set him up for a bumper year at stud.
In addition to Shirocco, the stud also celebrated wins from Vautour and Un Temps Pour Tout (both by Robin Des Champs), Yorkhill (by Presenting), and Gold Cup winner Don Cossack, by Sholokhov.
One of many proven dual-purpose sires by Sadler's Wells, Sholokhov stands for a fee of €4,000.
Presenting, by Mtoto, needs little introduction as leading sire based on such other winners as Grand National victors Rogue Angel (2016) and Thunder And Roses (2015), in addition to War of Attrition, Denman and First Lieutenant. He stands for a fee of €10,000.
Also at a fee of €10,000, Robin Des Champs is fast climbing the leading sires' ranks, with progeny by the French-bred stallion also hitting the news in 2015 with an impeccably-bred three-year-old topping the Tattersalls Derby Sale at €320,000.
A new arrival into Ireland in recent years is Califet, who stands at Boardsmill Stud in Trim, Co Meath for a fee of €4,000.