It’s that time of year again.  Time to sort through all the stallion options and find that one bloke who is the perfect match for your broodmare.  Time to weigh up whether you use a brand spanking new unproven bloke, or go for an older fellow who has runs on the board.  The benefits of new are that stallions tend to leave their best crops in their first three crops, but the downside is that 40% of new stallions NEVER leave a stakes winner.  So if you feel your breeding plan can’t cope with that kind of failure rate, it’s best to look at the proven chaps.  But how do you rate the proven stallions?

Published in Breeding & Racing in 2012.