A welcome addition to the British industry is LM Stallions at March Hare Stud, which have burst on to the scene with a roster of five stallions for 2021, among them four new recruits.
In the 2,000 Guineas runner-up Tip Two Win, there is the opportunity for breeders to use a Classic-placed son of Dark Angel at an affordable £3,500.
“He was a stakes-winning two- year-old who won over 7f,” says Matt Huntingdon of LM Stallions. “He then went to Doha, where he picked up a lot of prize-money. When he came home, he ran second in the 2,000 Guineas, beating a stellar field, in fact probably one of the best in recent times.
“He is the second highest-rated son of Dark Angel at stud but at a fraction of the fee of the others.”
Grade 3 winner Legends Of War, meanwhile, provides the opportunity to tap into the Scat Daddy sire line at £5,000.
“When Legends Of War was first put to us, I knew immediately that we had to have him,” says Huntingdon. “He’s a a great looking son of Scat Daddy, making him almost a collectors’ item. He was also a high-class juvenile and a Graded stakes winner on the turf in the US, so we felt that he would fit the commercial market perfectly.
“He’s nicely put together and just what I look for in a stallion.”
They have been joined by Windsor Castle Stakes winner Southern Hills, who will stand for £3,000, and Diplomat, who should appeal to a broad spectrum of breeders having won at Group 2 level on the Flat and then over jumps at Auteuil. The latter stands for £2,000.
“Southern Hills was just pure speed,” says Huntingdon of the first son of Gleneagles to stud. “He’s actually got a bit more size to him than you might imagine and with good bone. I can’t see why he won’t produce you a Royal Ascot two-year-old winner who will then train on. We are also selling lifetime breeding rights in him for £3,000.
“Diplomat is a fine, big horse with lots of presence, size and scope. He looks like he could produce a high-class Flat horse as well as some nice jumps stock. He was a dual Group 2 winner over a mile yet had the class to win over 2m2f at Auteuil too. And he’s by a champion two-year-old and out of a champion two-year-old.”
LM Stallions quartet of new recruits feature in our complete rundown of stallions retiring to stud in 2021 which you can read here