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Of course a fair proportion of George’s mares won’t be suited ideally to HRE – but then lots of then probably wouldn’t have been suited to George either, just sent to him because he’s a Danehill and he’s the hype horse of the moment, so for some of the breeders I don’t think it will matter a jot (not an approach I like, but it happens).  For what its worth, I think HRE has capacity to be a far better stallion than George in the end, although commercially he would have benefitted from a successful 3yo campaign.

I reiterate: even if breeders’ second choice stallion is available, and the mare is able to travel, then it still involves hassle in altering arrangements.  It is far more convenient and professional for Coolmore to offer an immediate, if not ideal alternative.  And as Danehill Dancer covered 184 mares last season and will probably have a similar number booked, then no, I don’t think he can ‘squeeze in another 20’.