A high-class bunch of stallions will have their first runners this year but there was one that buyers wanted consistently more than any other at the 2013 yearling sales, according to figures compiled by the Irish Field.
That horse was Galileo’s three-time G1-winning son Rip Van Winkle, whose 64 first-crop yearlings sold averaged a colossal €86,558, according to The Irish Field.
“There was an impressive array of new stallions at Europe’s yearling sales in 2013,” wrote Dr Sieglinde McGee in the Irish Field. She added: “The highest average was for the first crop of Coolmore Stud’s top-class performer Rip Van Winkle (by Galileo) and a total of 17 of his 64 yearlings sold fetched in excess of €100,000.
“His highest price was 400,000gns for a Newmarket-sold colt out of Steel Princess (by Danehill), a half-brother to the Grade 1 winner Sarah Lynx and last season’s pattern scorer Sugar Boy.”
Rip Van Winkle is standing for a few of €20,000 in 2014.