In this industry of ours it is normally wrong to draw comparisons, but sometimes we can only understand what potential we have at our disposal if we measure it against something that we can already see.
It is very early in the season to read too much into any statistics, but not surprisingly even at this early stage the sires regarded as the leading sires in the country have already risen to the top of the log, where I am sure they will continue to jostle for position over the next eleven months.
The comparison I wanted to draw was not between them at all but merely trying to use their proven success as a yardstick for King's Chapel as we head into the breeding season and we get to see more and more of his foals. The sires log (taken from Sporting Post) for stats from 01st August 2012 to 09th September 2012 looks like this:
Var: 99 runs for 12 wins (12 %) - Service Fee 2012: R 80 000 (Resident in Cape)
Silvano: 111 runs for 12 wins (11%) - Service Fee 2012: R 120 000 (Resident in Cape)
Captain Al: 111 runs for 12 wins (11%) - Service Fee 2012: R 120 000 (Resident in Cape)
Jet Master: 127 runs for 10 wins (8%) - Deceased
Western Winter: 92 runs for 7 wins (8%) - Service Fee 2012: R 150 000 (Resident in Cape)
Over the same period and with runners in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand:
Kings Chapel: 41 runs for 7 wins (17%)
. - Service Fee 2012: R 15 000 (Resident in KZN)
Yes, we all understand this is a relatively short period, but it is very hard to not view these results in a positive manner when one considers the quality of the stallions whose progeny King's Chapel is competing with on an international stage.
Then again we should not be surprised that he is able to compete with them because he did so admirably himself as a racehorse. Just to remind you he was a ten time winner, including 3 at Gr 1 level, over 1200, 1400 and 1600m, he was crowned a champion as a three year old, winning the Champion Sprint/Miler Title, Champion Three Year Old Title and Horse Of The Year Titles in New Zealand.
A magnificent looking stallion with size, substance, quality and beautifully balanced, and so far all indications are this is what he throws in his foals. It's no wonder he was so popular with so many respected breeders in his first season in South Africa last year, but even less wonder that these same breeders are booking more mares to him than they did last year.
Don't you miss out, give us a call now and make a date to come and see him and some of his first foals.
* News update - since the publishing of this article, King's Chapel has had another two winners in two days, each in New Zealand and Singpore respectively.
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