6 First Season Sires to Follow 2017

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With Frankel taking the breeding game by storm in 2016, there is much more of an interest in the breeding side of things at present. You can keep an eye on all the upcoming Frankel runners with our Frankel foal tracker. While he is now a second season sire, we take a look at 6 of the first season sires for 2017 who we are going to be hearing a lot more about as the summer progresses.


The Ballydoyle Derby winner of 2012 needs little introduction. Only the 3rd horse since Nijinsky to land the 2000 Guineas/Derby double, he was a super star both in terms of looks and talent. He first appeared on the track in the July of his juvenile campaign and given his middle distance pedigree, it may not be until later in the year that we get a good idea of how his offspring are coming along. They have sold well with favourable comments, especially from Coolmore’s Demi O’Byrne who bought Camelot himself as well as a 320,000 euro daughter of his last year. His stud fee has already increased from 25K to 35K despite none of his hitting the track yet, indicative of the regard in which his first crop are held and if the sales figures are anything to go by, they will be making quite a splash on the track.

Declaration Of War

A rarity insomuch as he progressed with age, something that has not been said with any regularity for offspring of War Front. He won both starts as a juvenile in France before joining Aidan O’Brien with whom he won the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International as a four year old. He stood for just one season in Ireland before moving to Kentucky where he now stands at Ashford Stud. While that might mean that seeing his progeny on the track in the UK might not be a common occurrence, those he does have should make up into nice 2 year olds. We have seen just 2 on the track so far with a 4th from Declaration Of Love at Windsor doing the best of the pair. That looked a warm race and he impressed in the parade ring beforehand, if he is a typical stamp of his father, they have a big summer ahead.

Dawn Approach

Trained by Jim Bolger, the horse was the very epitome of a quality two year old. Connections made hay while the sun was shining in his juvenile season, sweeping all before him, remaining unbeaten in 6 starts. He would win both the 2000 Guineas and the St James’ Palace Stakes in his classic season despite the lustre slightly being lost when failing to stay in the Derby and when turned over in the Sussex Stakes. We are yet to see the first of his offspring on the track but the likelihood is that they will be forward enough to make an early impression.

Society Rock

A hardy sprinter for James Fanshawe, he was victorious in both a Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot and a Haydock Sprint Cup. Forward enough to win twice from four starts as a juvenile including the Tattersalls Millions at Newmarket, early signs are that his precocity has been passed on. Two winning offspring from his first four runners already including the potentially smart Rock Of Estonia who looked a speedball on paper before notching an impressive 5/1 Preview Winner for us at Windsor. Sadly Society Rock passed away last year so we will not see many crops but the early signs are that the ones we will see have been blessed with their sire’s natural speed.

Havana Gold

Unlucky not to win more than 4 of his starts as a juvenile when in the care of Richard Hannon, Havana Gold was every inch his father as a juvenile. Teofilo was unbeaten in 5 starts as a two year old, sadly succumbing to injury, never to hit the track again. His offspring progress well as three year olds but Havana Gold was much more forward, the apple didn’t fall far from Teofilo’s tree. The Prix Jean Prat was his sole Group 1 success, recorded on good to soft ground in France. He also won on good to firm so his offspring may not be too ground dependant. He looks like a sire who might go under the radar with some this season but we are expecting plenty of winners from a bumper first crop.

Swiss Spirit

By the excellent sprinting sire, Invincible Spirit and out of a speedy dam line, Swiss Spirit was always going to be one to keep an eye on with his juveniles when going to stud. He never quite reached the dizzy heights of a number of others on the list, failing to add anything above a Group 3 to his c.v but he never failed to take the eye in the parade ring. His half brother Swiss Storm (by Frankel) is currently 4th favourite for the 2000 Guineas while Swiss Spirit himself is already a wining sire after Kick On Kick On scored at Leicester with any amount in hand for trainer Clive Cox. He may not be capable of throwing a star but in the early months of the season while we have plenty of sprinting opportunities for the juveniles, he is a sire to keep firmly onside.

Our free horse racing tips are live every morning at 8.45am. Keep an eye open on tips in the juvenile races as there are sure to be lots from these six sires making a big impact as we progress through the 2017 flat season.

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