Champion sprinter Brazen Beau, who will stand at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £10,000 October 1st SLF, emulated another reverse shuttler – none other than Exceed And Excel – when bettering his older rivals in thrilling style in the G1 Newmarket Handicap at three. He also successfully took on his own generation in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes before travelling to the UK where he was just beaten in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Completely free of Danehill blood, Brazen Beau is a grandson of Invincible Spirit from the family of notable speed influence Night Shift. He covered a high-class book of mares in Australia last year, including the great racemare and three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, plus the dams of G1-winning two-year-old Ruud Awakening and Mongolian Khan, winner of last year’s Caulfield Cup, Australian Derby and New Zealand Derby. He has also covered the dam of Godolphin’s Golden Slipper fancy Astern.
Also joining this year’s European roster is Hallowed Crown, who will stand at Kildangan Stud at €7,000 October 1st SLF. An unbeaten Group winner at two, Hallowed Crown went on to become one of Australia’s leading three-year-old milers last season with victories in the G1 Golden Rose and the G1 Randwick Guineas.
Hallowed Crown is a grandson of former Darley flag bearer Street Cry and is from the immediate female family of the great sire Zabeel. He too has covered some quality mares Down Under including G1 winner Camarena, herself dam of G1 winner Camarilla, and Sansadee, dam of non other than Brazen Beau.
Shooting To Win was also unbeaten as a juvenile and went on to take the coveted G1 Caulfield Guineas at three, in a faster time than Lonhro and Redoute’s Choice. The race, which can be compared to the English 2,000 Guineas, is renowned as a stallion-making contest in Australia.
Shooting To Win is by Northern Meteor , a leading first-season sire and himself a son of Encosta de Lago. His dam line is packed with Black type and includes Champion three-year-old Danewin and leading sire Commands.
He has proved extremely popular in the southern hemisphere, covering 156 mares including the dams of G1 winners Fawkner, Sonntag (who is by Teofilo) and Ertijaal.
Sidestep becomes the first son of Exceed And Excel at stud in France, standing at Haras du Logis for a fee of €4,000 October 1st SLF. He was Champion two-year-old of his year, winning a six-furlong G2 contest before finishing second in the world’s richest two-year-old race, the Golden Slipper.
Sidestep then followed in his sire’s footsteps at three when beating multiple G1 winners to take the G2 Royal Sovereign Stakes. Another popular choice in Australia last year, Sidestep covered 134 mares including 22 who have already produced a Black type performer.
All four stallions are available to view at their respective stud farms, so please contact our nominations teams if you would like to arrange a visit.