Three First Crop Sires to look out for in 2019

By Evie

Golden Horn: In a successful career spanning just over a year, from October 2014 to October 2015, Golden Horn amassed over £4,000,000 in earnings, as well as seven race wins out of nine starts, with four of these wins coming in Group 1 company. The Derby and Arc de Triomphe winner retired in October 2015, and entered stud duty at Dalham Hall stud in 2016, meaning his first foals will debut later this year. It is reported that his first book contained 145 mares, of which 74 were Group 1 winners, dams of Group 1 winners, or immediately related to Group 1 winners. Therefore, it probably won’t be uncommon to see many of his progeny in the winner’s circle in the coming years.

American Pharoah: 2015 was also the year of the dirt horse, and in 2015 American Pharoah ended the drought, becoming only the 12th Triple Crown in the competition’s 140 year history. He then went on to win the Breeder’s Cup, becoming the only horse to have ever won the illusive ‘Grand Slam’. As a result of this, his first book of mares was an extremely high quality one, with 55 of the 208 mares in his first book being Group 1 winners, or dams of Group 1 winners, with a further dozen having won, or produced winners of, European Group 1 winners. Some of his two year olds have been placed into training with European trainers, such as Aidan and Joseph O’Brien, and as a result of this it is likely that AP will be used as a dual purpose sire, and hopefully we will be seeing some of his offspring in winner’s circles on both sides of the pond.

Gleneagles: Another stallion who had a largely popular racing career was Gleneagles, who was a Group 1 winner as two-year old, as well a dual-guineas winner at three. As well as this, he has a great pedigree, by the massively influential Galileo, and out of the talented broodmare You’resothrilling, who also happens to be a sister to Giant’s Causeway. His first book of mares contained no less than 45 stakes winners. At the moment, Galileo seems to becoming an influential sire of sires, so its likely that Gleneagles will be no exception to this.

Hopefully, each of these stallions can make their own impact on the next generation of racehorses, and maybe one of them might even become the next Galileo.
















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