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The first yearlings by Havana Grey made an excellent market debut at Goffs UK a fortnight ago, with all 16 offered for sale being sold for an average of £41,563, more than five times his covering fee. There was equally strong demand at the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale with another 18 of his yearlings selling. They included two colts for 30,000gns and a filly for 32,000gns before a colt from Bearstone Stud out of Spontaneity realised 45,000gns.

ADAAY, one of last season's leading first crop sires in Europe, carried on the good work when his second crop filly Have A Good Day won the Prix de Cabourg over 6 furlongs at the start of the Deauville August meeting.

The speedy filly, who is owned by Theresa Marnane, was recording her third success following a brace of wins over the minimum trip in April and was produced with a good late run to claim the spoils in the Group 3 contest.

The daughter of Black Meyeden, who was unplaced in a couple of starts, looks to have inherited plenty of her sire's speed. She was bred in Ireland by Michael Phelan.


SHOWCASING continued his love affair with Glorious Goodwood when Asymmetric burst through a wall of horses to capture the Group 2 Richmond Stakes over 6 furlongs.

The Alan King-trained 2yo had been a fast finishing runner-up in the July Stakes earlier this month and demonstrated again an impressive turn of foot as he quickened from the rear of the field to record a comfortable victory.

Asymmetric is out of the winning Hellvelyn mare Swirral Edge and was bred by Redpender Stud Ltd in Ireland. He was sold for 65,000gns at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale in 2020 and then realised a healthy profit for his buyer when resold at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale for 150,000gns to Stephen Hillen Bloodstock. He races for Ms Leora Judah.


SERGEI PROKOFIEV, the latest speedster to take up residence, has had his first mares scanned in foal. The son of Scat Daddy, who stands for a fee of £6,500, has successfully covered Boodley (Acclamation), a full-sister to the Gr.3 Solario Stakes and Gr.3 UAE 2,000 Guineas runner-up Emirates Flyer, from the family of US champion Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute), and Whitsbury’s own Terse (Dansili), a half-sister to the Listed (then) Dick Poole Stakes winner Brevity (Street Cry), from the family of Gr.2 Champagne Stakes and Gr.2 Richmond Stakes victor and sire Daggers Drawn. A $1.1m Keeneland yearling, SERGEI PROKOFIEV won the Listed Rochestown Stakes, Listed Cork Stakes and Gr.3 Cornwallis Stakes, and was also third in the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot for Aidan O’Brien. He is out of a Tapit half-sister to the Gr.3 scorer Necessary Evil (Harlan’s Holiday).

ADAAY set the seal on a fine start to his stud career by scooping the TBA Statistical Award for the Leading British-based first crop sire by prize money in GB & IRE in 2020.

His achievement was recognised in the February edition of The Owner Breeder magazine and the article below is reproduced by the kind permission of The Owner Breeder magazine and the TBA.

Whitsbury Manor Stud prevented a clean sweep of the statistical awards by Godolphin when Adaay clinched a second Tattersalls’ Silver Salver in six years for the Hampshire stud.

The award goes to the first-season sire that has accumulated the most prize money in Britain and Ireland and Adaay, who stands at Whitsbury in partnership with Shadwell Stud, ran out a decisive winner by more than £100,000 from the Dalham Hall-based Territories.

Domestic earnings of more than £266,000 were boosted to over £400,000 by his overseas runners and by the end of year his winners tally stood at 24, the best by a British-based stallion and second to only Mehmas on the European First Crop Sires’ list.

Those winners were produced at a strike-rate not far short of 40%, again the best by a British-based first-season sire, and included three black-type horses.

The son of Kodiac raced in the colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum and the highlights of a three-year career were victories in a pair of Group 2 races, the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, and the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock.

Adaay follows in the footsteps of his stud mate Showcasing who won this award in 2014 and has quickly become one of the most in-demand stallions in Europe. His Sussex Stakes winning son Mohaather will begin his own stud career at Shadwell Stud this year.

Very few stallions make a lasting impact at stud, but with the likes of Cadeaux Genereux (leading British-based stallion in 2003), Compton Place and Showcasing the Harper family have consistently achieved better results than most and that can only bode well for the prospects of more recent recruits Havana Grey and Sergei Prokofiev.

Adaay’s stud fee remains at £5,000 in 2021.

20th November - Don't miss SERGEI PROKOFIEV at Newmarket
SERGEI PROKOFIEV will be available to view over the Tattersalls December sales at The National Stud from November 28th to Decmber 3rd.

30th October - Whitsbury Manor Stud - Stallion Fees For 2021

Ed Harper, Director of Whitsbury Manor Stud, is pleased to announce the stud fees for its five stallions in 2021.
“Our industry finds itself in uncertain times and it is vital that we act accordingly. We have therefore listened to our clients and chosen to drop the fees of our three highest priced stallions to offer the best possible value to breeders and keep the wheels turning.”

SHOWCASING will stand at a reduced fee of £45,000. “ In any other year you could expect the sire of a champion Sussex Stakes winning miler such as Mohaather to increase in fee, but we feel this is the right thing to do in the circumstances. Showcasing now has five sons at stud which is phenomenal from where he started. He also enjoyed significant Group race success this year with Alkumait, Bodhicitta, and Tropbeau who we hope will all stay in training next season.”

SERGEI PROKOFIEV will start his stud career at £6,500. “Being such a fast 2yo by Scat Daddy gives breeders an excellent opportunity to breed speed and precocity to their mares. His turn of foot was exceptional and, as his yearling price of 1.1million dollars suggests, he has the looks to match.”

DUE DILIGENCE & HAVANA GREY will both have their fees reduced to £6,000.

ADAAY who is one of the leading first season sires in Europe with 22 individual 2yo winners including three black type horses will again stand at £5,000.

SHOWCASING  £45,000 1st Oct. SLF
SERGEI PROKOFIEV   £6,500 1st Oct. SLF
DUE DILIGENCE £6,000 1st Oct. SLF
HAVANA GREY  £6,000 1st Oct. SLF
ADAAY £5,000 1st Oct. SLF