29/12/2019. VALUE SIRES PART I: THE NEWCOMERS // Too Darn Hot, Advertise, Magna Grecia, Waldgeist, Soldier’s Call, Invincible Army, Land Force, Flag of Honour … by TDN


By Kelsey Riley

The holiday season is done and dusted for another year, but for those in the bloodstock businessthe most prized packages remain wrapped and hidden away. In the coming weeks and months, another year’s worth of planning, investment and anticipation will come to fruition in the form of a fresh crop of foals frolicking the paddocks, and the cycle of boundless optimism that has fueled the Thoroughbred business for so many years will begin anew.

And one cycle rolls right into the next, asfoaling season brings with it the endlessly fascinating task of planning a new round of matings. Proven sires and those on the bubble are joined by yet another intake of young pretenders. Over the coming weeks the TDN will present its annual multi-part Value Sires series, analyzing stallions by sire crop and career stage. We begin this week with the new class of 2020 and will advance through stallions with first foals, yearlings and runners, and later look at the stallions who have already proven their worth on the racecourse, highlighting value at each level. That begs the question, what is value in the bloodstock business?