LEADING GRAND NATIONAL SIRES
IN PAST FIVE YEARS WITH RUNNERS THIS YEAR stallion sire
winners placed horses runners this year's entries Old Vic Sadler's Wells 2 3 16 Black Apalachi, In Compliance, Smoking Aces, Sunnyhillboy, Vic Venturi Passing Sale No Pass No Sale 1 0 5 Mon Mome Presenting Mtoto 1 0 7 Ballabriggs, Killyglen, On His Own Hernando Niniski 0 3 3 State Of Play Moscow Society Nijinsky 0 1 3 Any Currency Flemensfirth Alleged 0 1 5 The Midnight Club Anshan Persian Bold 0 1 4 Ballyvesey, Shakalakaboomboom
Capponi is the seventh winner at the top level by Medicean, who previously struck gold in Dubai as the sire
of 2010 Dubai Duty Free winner Al Shemali.
In tandem with the fall in available first-season sires
, there is evidence of a decline in the number of breeders who use them: 11 per cent of British mares (1,222) were sent to a new sire
in 2008, falling to seven per cent in 2009 and 2010.
But results from Cheltenham trials day ten days ago served reminders that we ignore British jumps sires
at our peril.
They are joined by first-crop foal sires
Equiano, Hellvelyn and Showcasing, plus Archipenko, Captain Gerrard and Virtual, whose first crop are yearlings.
One son, Gone West, might qualify as such in America and two of Gone West's leading US-based sires
got an ETR representative in 2011: Elusive Quality with Elusive Kate (116) and Mr Greeley with Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade (113).
Nevertheless, the standings should not detract from the strong start each stallion has made, not least because both have already made an impact in Europe; Scat Daddy as the sire
of Daddy Long Legs and Hard Spun as the sire
of Red Duke.
The Juddmonte pair Dansili and Oasis Dream and Danedream's sire
Lomitas, who died in Germany in 2010, were the only other stallions to sire
the winners of in excess of pounds 3m last year.
Then we have leading sires
, broodmare sires
, and two-yearold sires
for France, Germany, and Italy.
Even though sires
like New Approach, Duke Of Marmalade, Henrythenavigator, Raven's Pass, Mount Nelson and Tamayuz have their first yearlings for sale, the depth of first-crop stallions is not as great as in 2010.
Green Desert has never had the luxury of extremely big books - the largest being 88 in 2003 - yet such has been his success that his name has become a brand in itself with sons Cape Cross, Oasis Dream and Invincible Spirit each developing into leading sires
Lahmers grew up on her familys farm, Wabash-Way Holsteins and started working at Select Sires
nine years ago.