Coolmore Kentucky drops fee for Giant’s Causeway

Coolmore Kentucky has dropped service fees for several of its Ashford Stud based stallions.  The most notable cut is to Giant’s Causeway who was Champion North American sire in 2009.

Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat) once stood for as high as $300,000 but his 2011 fee has been discounted to $85,000.

In line with other leading Kentucky studs, Coolmore has also dropped the fees of Grand Slam ($15,000), Henrythenavigator   ($35,000), Majestic Warrior ($10,000), Scat Daddy  ($10,0000) and Van Nistelrooy ($5,000).

Resident sires to remain at their 2010 levels include Dunkirk ($10,000), Fusaichi Pegasus ($15,000), Tale of the Cat ($30,000) and Thunder Gulch ($10,000).

Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike) will enter Ashford for a fee of $35,000.  He was a G1 winner of this year’s Preakness Stakes and Haskell Invitational. 

“Lookin At Lucky is the most striking of individuals,” Coolmore’s Demi O’Byrne said last week.  “He is without doubt the best stallion prospect I saw in America all year.”

Munnings (Speightstown) is an another newcomer to the Ashford roster in 2011.  He was a G2 winner at Belmont and Gulfstream Park and will stand for $12,500.

Coolmore announced the fees for its Irish based stallions last week.  Topping the 2011 advertised list were Danehill Dancer and Montjeu at 75,000 euros (AUD 123,000).

Coolmore legend Sadler’s Wells was pensioned in 2008.  His champion son Galileo stands for a “Private Fee”.