The 2018 stud fees for the Qatar Racing owned roster of stallions have been announced.
Standing at Tweenhills and on the back of a sensational season with his first crop of two-year-old runners, Havana Gold will stand for £15,000 (October 1st SLF). The Gr.1-winning miler’s first crop already includes two Stakes winners in Havana Grey, who won the Gr.3 Molecomb Stakes and two Listed races, as well as finishing second in the Gr.1 Prix Morny, and Qatar Racing’s Gr.3 winner Treasuring.
Among Havana Gold’s other winners are Headway, placed in both the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes and Gr.2 Gimcrack Stakes, Hilary Needler Trophy winner Chica La Habana and exciting debut scorer Tabdeed.
Havana Gold’s success on the racecourse has been matched by results in the sales-ring. Four colts by the sire sold for six-figure sums at Tattersalls’ Book 2 Sale in October, including a 250,000-guinea relative of multiple Gr.1 winner Fame And Glory and a full brother to Havana Grey, bought by that colt’s trainer Karl Burke.
Standing alongside Havana Gold at Tweenhills, also under the Qatar Racing umbrella, is top-class sprinter Hot Streak. Hot Streak has proved very popular in his first two seasons at stud, and his first foals look set to attract plenty of interest at the sales this winter. He will continue to stand at a fee of £6,000 (October 1st SLF).
Triple Gr.1 winner Charm Spirit will stand in France at Haras de Bonneval in 2018 as part of the on-going link-up between Qatar Racing and the Aga Khan Studs. His fee of €20,000 euros (October 1st SLF) looks outstanding value based on his sales results this year, with many Charm Spirit yearlings realising six-figure sums.
The first Charm Spirit yearling through the ring was a half-brother to dual Gr.1 winner Qemah who was purchased by Shadwell France SNC for €500,000 at Arqana. MV Magnier and Juddmonte Farms also showed their support for Charm Spirit, with the former buying a colt for 210,000 guineas and the latter securing a colt for 130,000 guineas, both from Tattersalls’ Book 1 Sale.
Charm Spirit will return to Tweenhills for the 2019 breeding season.
David Redvers, Manager for Qatar Racing, said: “We have been thrilled with Havana Gold’s first runners and he looks tremendous value at £15,000 and he is close to being full for 2018.”
“Hot Streak had outstanding natural speed and his foals look like they will share his precocity and pace. We’ve had very good feedback from breeders and can’t wait to see them at the sales.
“Charm Spirit’s yearlings were very well received, which was no surprise considering he was a triple Gr.1 winner, and we are expecting him to make a big impact with his first crop of runners.
“Sadly, we have to announce the retirement of Harbour Watch from stud duties on veterinary advice. He has arthritic joint issues relating to an accident incurred during his racing career. His many winners include the Gr.2 Prix Robert Papin scorer Tis Marvellous and Santry, who was one of this season’s leading two-year-olds prior to sadly being fatally injured.”
Havana Gold and Hot Streak will be available for viewing at Longholes in Newmarket during the Tattersalls Mare Sale from Saturday 2nd until Wednesday 6th December.