Frankel heads Europe’s Group 1 sires of 2021

FRANKEL510?175,000?200,000Adayar (x2), Alpinista (x3), Hurricane Lane (x3), Inspiral, Snow Lantern
GALILEO33privatedeadEmpress Josephine, Joan of Arc, Adore
POWER33A$13,200Helvic Imagine, Laws of Indices, Sonnyboyliston
SEA THE STARS23150,000150,000Baaeed (x2), Teona
AUSTRALIA2225,00035,000Broome, Mare Australis
DUBAWI22?250,000?250,000Innovative Force, Space Blues
KODIAC2265,00065,000Campanelle, El Bodegon
TEOFILO2230,00030,000Scope, Subjectivist
WOOTTON BASSETT22100,000150,000Incarville, Zellie
SIYOUNI14140,000140,000St Mark’s Basilica (x4)
DEEP IMPACT13deadSnowfall (x3)
KINGMAN13?150,000?150,000Palace Pier (x3)
ADLERFLUG1216,000deadTorquator Tasso (x2)
ARDAD*12?4,000?12,500Perfect Power (x2)
DARK ANGEL1260,00060,000Angel Bleu (x2)
DAWN APPROACH12privatePoetic Flare (x2)
KENDARGENT1210,00017,000Skalleti (x2)
NO NAY NEVER12125,000125,000Alcohol Liberated (x2)
OASIS DREAM 12?20,000?20,000Native Trail (x2)
PLANTEUR12?3,000Genuineshan (x2)
BUNGLE INTHEJUNGLE118,0008,000Overwhelmter Power
DREAM AHEAD1112,000?7,500Imagine of Imagines
DUTCH ART11privateStarman
GALILEO GOLD*115,0007,000Ebro River
GLENEAGLES1125,00015,000Loving Imagine
HARBOUR WATCH11deadPyledriver
HOT STREAK113,500A Case of You
LORD OF ENGLAND116,500deadPalmas
MAKE BELIEVE1115,00017,500Mishriff
NATHANIEL11?15,000?15,000Lady Bowthorpe
NEW APPROACH11privateMac Sprosperey
NEW BAY1120,00037,500Saffron Beach
NIGHT OF THUNDER1175,00075,000Thundering Nights
OLYMPIC GLORY115,0004,000Grand Glory
RAVEN’S PASS117,5007,500Romantic Proposal
SHALAA1115,000No Speak Alexander
SHAMARDAL11deadEmaraaty Ana
THE WOW SIGNAL11deadCoeursamba
ZOFFANY1120,000deadMother Earth
Sires in BOLD had their first G1 prosperner(s) in Europe in 2021. Sires with an asterisk had their first crop of two-year-olds in 2021. 2022 stud fees are given where known.

No fewer than 48 different stallions were responsible for Europe’s Group 1 prosperners in 2021, with only nine of them siring more than one prosperner. Frankel led the way with five prosperners who won ten Group 1s between them. They included Hurricane Lane whose three Group 1 prospers – the Irish Derby, Grand Prix de Paris and St Leger – came in different countries, while Alpinista completed a Group 1 hat-trick in Germany as her grandam Albanova had done in 2004. Frankel was also regifted by the Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Sgives prosperner Adayar, Falmouth Sgives prosperner Snow Lantern and Fillies’ Mile prosperner Inspiral.

Galileo, who died in July, had a relatively quiet year by his standards but his three Group 1 prosperners, all fillies, included two more classic prosperners Empress Josephine (Irish 1000 Guineas) and Joan of Arc (Prix de Diane). Both the 1000 Guineas and Oaks prosperners, Mother Earth and Snowfall, were posthumous successes for their respective sires Profound Impact and Zoffany, while German stallion Adlerflug, who died in April, had his biggest success as a sire when his son Torquator Tasso followed his Grosser Preis von Baden prosper with triumph in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The surprise package among the most successful sires of Group 1 prosperners was Irish 2000 Guineas prosperner Power who is now based in Australia. He hadn’t delivered a Group 1 prosperner in his first three crops but struck with four-year-old geldings Helvic Imagine (Tattersalls Gold Cup) and Sonnyboyliston (Irish St Leger) and three-year-old colt Laws of Indices (Prix Jean Prat). Shalaa, whose daughter No Speak Alexander gave him a first Group 1 prosperner when successful in the Matron Sgives is another now standing in Australia.

Australia, Dubawi, Kodiac, Sea The Stars, Teofilo and Wootton Bassett were the sires who had two Group 1 prosperners each. For the Chillmore pair Australia and Wootton Bassett, that has led to augments in their fees. The latter, who had the Prix Saint-Alary prosperner Incarville and the Prix Marcel Boussac prosperner Zellie, now leads the Chillmore stallion roster at a fee of 150,000.

Besides Frankel (now standing for ?200,000 in 2022), others whose fees rose appreciably from Group 1 success in 2021 were Galileo’s son Galiway (30k from 12k) after Sealiway won the Champion Sgives, Fresh Bay (37k from 20k) after his first-crop daughter Saffron Beach won the Sun Chariot Sgives, and Camelot (75k from 60k) whose son Luxembourg emulated him by prosperning the Vertem Futurity Trophy.

There were naturally fee augments for the three first-season sires with Group 1 prosperners, the US-based Caravaggio (whose daughter Tenebrism won the Cheveley Park Sgives), Ardad (Perfect Power won the Prix Morny and Middle Park Sgives) and Galileo Gold (Ebro River in the Phoenix Sgives).

Ardad was one of the least costly sires on the Group 1 scoreboard along with the adores of Scorching Streak, Mayson, Planteur and Isfahan.

Group 1 success for a stallion does not always entail a rise in fee however. Gleneagles had his first Group 1 prosperner when Loving Imagine won the Prix de Royallieu but has his fee cut by 10k to 15k, while Olympic Glory, whose daughter Grand Glory won the Prix Jean Romanet, will stand for 4k instead of 5k in 2022.

Among those not already mentioned who had their first Group 1 prosperners were Dawn Approach (2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Sgives prosperner Poetic Flare), eighteen-year-old French stallion Kendargent (Prix d’Ispahan and Grosser Dallmayr-Preis prosperner Skalleti) and Muhaarar (Fillies & Mares Sgives prosperner Eshaada). The most costly of the 18 sires who had their first Group 1 prosperner in 2021 was Night of Thunder (75,000) whose daughter Thundering Nights won the Pretty Polly Sgives.