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King's Chapel (NZ) vs Black Minnaloushe (USA)

King's Chapel(NZ) at the stallion last day last year, Bush Hill Stud.

Warwick Render of Bush Hill Stud was prompted to conduct an interesting exercise and the results were very interesting and most positive. "As you will all be aware, Black Minnaloushe is fairly "hot property" in South Africa at the moment with him lying fifth on the Two Year Old Sires log, behind the likes of Var, Trippi, Victory Moon and Captain Al, add to this all of those above him except Victory Moon have substantially more runners than him. King Of Kings (sire of King's Chapel) interestingly, is still very much in the mix and as per the current available NHRA stats, jumps right up to about third from his current sixth spot."

Warwick adds that, "Black Minnaloushe's race track success was emphasised by how solidly he sold on the National Yearling sales, with him being one of the few sires to consistently sell for reasonable to good money, considering the current market.

"The point I am really after is that as we all know there is a period where Black Minnaloushe and King's Chapel's stud careers overlapped and this is the interesting part in trying to see what we may have in King's Chapel.

"There were two seasons when they both had two year olds on the track. In the 2009/2010 season, King's Chapel ranked 23rd on the two Year Old Sires Log and Black Minnaloushe 25th. In The 2008/2009 season, King's Chapel ranked 9th on this log and Black Minnaloushe 76th.

"In the overall sires stats for the 2009/2010 season, King's Chapel had 38 runners for 18 wins (47%) and Black Minnaloushe had 78 runners (more than double) for 33 wins (42%) and in the 2010/2011 season the same trend followed with King's Chapel having 46 runners for 28 wins (61%) and Black Minnaloushe 93 runners (double again) for 47 wins (51%).

Warwick concludes that, "When we consider how many people 'in the know' comment that they believe King's Chapel to be far better suited to South African pedigrees than he was to New Zealand as a sire, these facts make exciting reading. This feeling is obviously shared by other breeders as the bookings have already started to come in for him for the current season."

Black Minnaloushe stood for a fee of R60 000 last season, King's Chapel R15 000.

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