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Looking at it from the breeders perspective, you’ve got to remember that it is already the breeding season. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Most of the mares booked for George will already have arrived at Coolmore, most heavily in foal or will have just foaled. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This is not the time to be transferring them around the country. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If Coolmore don’t have any stallions on their stud available to service the mares then it is likely those mares will have a blank year, or an extremely late unfavourable covering. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Those that can successfully transfer to other stallions are, of course, then going to the opposition.
This is not just about Coolmore losing this year’s fees for George – it is about messing breeders around and losing a great deal in goodwill. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â A stallion death just has to be accepted, but breeders would be right to be p**s
ed off being sold a brand-new super stallion only to find at the last minute he is a jaffa.
One of my clients has 3 nice mares booked to George, one of them a late transfer when being persuaded to switch from Oratorio. For small commercial stud to be forced into 3 ‘no returns’ in a year is a disaster and I can see why Coolmore is determined to avoid all the bad PR with the mare owners.
Doesn’t mean that HRE isn’t a great shame though, and just goes to show that packing ROG off to Japan was a bad idea. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The craze for unproven stallions is bound to have repercussions.