Australia’s best-value 2nd Season Sire?

Shalaa is making his mark in the lively stallion Class of 2017, with 50 winners including three 2YO stakeswinners in 2021/22. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

The Australian Stallion Class of 2017 – now the Second Season Sires of 2021/22 – is proving to be a strong group.

It’s also a large group, with 73 stallions on the Premiership table compiled by Arion Pedigrees. But even allowing for that, it is notable that 23 of those stallions have sired 45 winners of 69 Australian stakes races this season. 

The comparable 77-stallion intake of 2010 included 18 sires of second season stakeswinners, and they compiled 32 winners of 44 Group & Listed Races. I Am Invincible, Nicconi and Tavistock from that group are now among Australia’s leading sires in 2021/22. 

Shalaa, holding fifth spot on the earnings Premiership – which will be won by Maurice – is proving to be one of the best second-term performers in the 2017 cohort.  He’s also a strong contender for the best-value sire among them and here’s why:

  • Shalaa is second to Capitalist by winners (50) and wins (56) but Capitalist has had 56 more runners.

  • He’s one of only five second season sires to post 3 or more Australian stakeswinners in 2021/22, and all of them are 2YOs: the colt Semillion and the fillies Seven Veils & Quang Tri.

    SEVEN VEILS - ATC Reisling S. G2

    SEMILLION - ATC Kindergarten S. G3, MVRC Inglis Banner RL

    QUANG TRI - VRC Taj Rossi Series Final LR

    SHALATIN - 3rd ATC Todman S. G2, 2nd ATC Golden Gift

    $500,000 Shalaa x Set For Fame filly - Magic Millions 2022

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  • That makes Shalaa one of only two second season sires among the current top 10 sires of 2YOs. In fact, his second crop has already thrown 13.6% Stakes Performers/Runners, as well as the promising winners Shalailed, Gold Bucket, Jamaican Rumba & Recommendation.

  • These results were reflected in Book 1 at Magic Millions where all of Shalaa’s 22 lots sold at an average price of $234,000 – almost 8 times his fee. Top price was $500,000 paid for Segenhoe Stud’s Set For Fame filly by the Waterhouse & Bott team with Kestrel Thoroughbreds.

  • In all, Shalaa’s 53 major sale* yearlings averaged 5.7 x his fee and other buyers included Tony Fung Investments, Hawkes Racing, Lindsay Park, Ciaron Maher, Sheamus Mills, Danny O’Brien, Mick Price, Prime Thoroughbreds, Snowden Racing & Will Johnson, Star Thoroughbreds, Phillip Stokes, Andrew Williams & Yes Bloodstock.

  • With 204 foals in his 2020 and 2021 crops, Shalaa has the numbers to maintain his momentum.

  • And he’s available in 2022 at his 2019 fee, $33,000 inc. GST.

*Magic Millions Gold Coast Book 1, Inglis Classic Book 1, Inglis Premier & Inglis Easter

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