DanehillDanehill (sircustodians)The 2007 European Stakes programme was dominated by Coolmore stallions, six of whom made the top ten sires of Group/Listed winners and the top eight sires of black-type horses. With 31 progeny winning or gaining places in blacktype events in Europe last year, Danehill’s feat is most impressive as he had been a leading sire of two-year olds for several seasons, yet had none to represent him in 2007. His five individual Gr.1 winners were headed by Dylan Thomas (now retired) and Peeping Fawn (who races on), with four top level victories each, and he also sired five individual Gr.3 winners.

His former stud companions Sadler’s Wells and Montjeu tied in second with 30 Stakes horses in Europe in 2007, three more than fellow Coolmore sire Danehill Dancer. Gestut Schlenderhan’s Monsun was responsible for 25 – particularly impressive as he sires considerably fewer progeny each year than his nearest challengers – and Galileo, Rock of Gibraltar and the deceased Darley sire In The Wings completed the top eight, with 20 Stakes horses last year.

The leading English-based sire was Cheveley Park Stud’s Pivotal, with 19 black-type horses, one ahead of Gestut Auenquelle’s veteran Big Shuffle, Juddmonte’s Dansili and Darley’s Singspiel.

Extract from European Bloodstock News 6 January 2008