11/11/2013 12:22PM

Frankel’s 2014 fee is unchanged, Zamindar pensioned at Juddmonte


Unbeaten champion Frankel will stand for an unchanged fee of 125,000 pounds, or about $199,733, to lead the 2014 roster at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, England.

The fee for the 5-year-old Galileo horse, who will stand his second season, is the highest on a Juddmonte roster that saw its fees largely remain stable, but will still look quite different for 2014. Cacique has re-joined the roster following fertility trouble, while classic-producing sire Zamindar has been pensioned.

Frankel retired unbeaten in 14 starts for owner-breeder Juddmonte, claiming two titles as Europe’s Horse of the Year. He covered a star-studded book of mares in his first season at stud, and the first four mares publicly offered in foal to him averaged $1,437,500 at the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland November sales.

“We were delighted with Frankel’s first season at stud and his fee continues to reflect his status as a world champion racehorse,” Juddmonte general manager Philip Mitchell said.

Two Banstead Manor stallions see their fees rise for 2014. Dansili’s fee rises from 85,000 pounds to 95,000 pounds (about $151,797), while Oasis Dream’s fee rises from 80,000 to 85,000 pounds ($135,818).

“We have seen some very buoyant sales at the top end of the market and this is very definitely where Dansili belongs, which he again demonstrated this year by siring six individual Group 1 winners of 10 Group 1 races,” Mitchell said. “Oasis Dream is a leading sire of 2-year-olds and was once again the leading British-based sire by yearling average at Tattersalls Book 1 – with an average of over 415,000 guineas for 11 horses sold.”

Dansili’s 2013 runners are highlighted by Dank, who recently captured the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, adding the event to her victory in the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes.

Fees for the other four Banstead Manor stallions remain unchanged, with Cacique at 12,000 pounds ($19,174), Bated Breath at 8,000 pounds ($12,783), and Champs Elysees and Rail Link at 5,000 pounds ($7,989)

Cacique, who was removed from the roster in 2010 due to fertility problems, has returned to the roster following an improvement in his condition, but will cover a limited book of 50 mares.

“Careful management protocol in the last two seasons has resulted in a significant improvement to his fertility,” Mitchell said.

Absent from the 2014 roster is Zamindar, as the 19-year-old son of Gone West has been pensioned due to declining fertility.

A Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed, Zamindar is the sire of 259 winners, including 27 stakes winners, for earnings of over $21.5 million. His chief earner is 2008 European Horse of the Year and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava, who also captured that year’s French Oaks and French 1000 Guineas.

Zamindar also sired classic-winning fillies Darjina and Zenda.

Zamindar, who Banstead Manor stud manager Simon Mockridge described as “a grand servant, and a pleasure to be around,” is a full brother to English 2000 Guineas winner and sire Zafonic.