Nathaniel Enjoying His Early Stud Career
After enjoying a successful racing career which saw him land the King George and the Eclipse, two highly contested Group One races, Nathaniel moved to the breeding barn. He has continued his success in the barn and with his first three year olds hitting the racecourse this season, he has done a great job and produced some top class individuals.
The one horse everyone is talking about now, and the one that will surely see Nathaniel’s stud fee rise is Enable, who has become the star filly of 2017 in the UK. She will aim to win the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe on the 1st October before presumably moving her own career to the breeding barn where she is first expected to meet Frankel. However, Enable is not the only one to be flying the flag for Nathaniel, he has had further success elsewhere this season.
Glencadam Glory is another horse trained by John Gosden who has seen success this season. After a good second in the Lingfield Derby trial, he went to the Derby before disappointing by finishing 9th. He bounced back with a great 5th place finish at Royal Ascot and rated at 110, he too is a serious animal.
Elsewhere, Ronald R, Melodic Motion, God Given and Intellect are all highly promising three year olds who have risen through the ranks this season, and are now heading for the top of the game. All these horses have improved dramatically with age and throughout their three year old careers they have really began to impress. This may become a trait of Nathaniel’s crop and if that is the case then I can’t wait to see him have some four year olds on the course next season, as well as a new batch of three year olds.
After the success of Enable, it is highly likely Nathaniel’s stud fee will increase for next season. His current stud fee stands at £17,500 which is around $24,000 USD but that won’t last for long. After covering 135 mares in each of his first four books, he has been very busy and that looks set to continue over the coming years thanks to the success he is having.
When Frankel hit the breeding barn the entire bloodstock world cast their eyes on him to see what he could produce. Due to that, Nathaniel has slipped under the radar a little, but now the dust has settles we are quickly seeing what a fantastic stallion he is becoming. I expect to see his success continue, because we can already see a pattern where his horses improve with age and racing.
I am very much looking forward to seeing the next batch of Nathaniel three year olds hit the racecourse next season, to see what they can do. Hopefully one of the horses mentioned above can improve to a good level and give Nathaniel another top quality animal, to go alongside Enable and what she has achieved this season.
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