Figures released by the Australian Stud Book this week confirmed Oakland Park Stud resident Sessions (Lonhro) was the most popular sire in Western Australia during the 2020 covering season.
Sessions topped the list with a book of 120 mares to finish in front of Scenic Lodge sire Universal Ruler (106) who had been our busiest stallion in 2018 and 2019.
A Top 10 finish on the 2019-20 Australian second-season sires’ premiership and a 30% fee reduction were instrumental in propelling him to the top of the table. He was also a runaway winner for the WA second-season title with Massimo the chief earner after Listed victories the Placid Ark Stakes and Farnley Quality.
|106||Universal Ruler||$6,600||Scenic Lodge|
|96||Playing God||$13,200||Darling View|
|92||I’m All The Talk||$6,600||Darling View|
|59||A Lot (USA)||$3,300||Willaview Park|
Playing God served 96 mares to finish third, however, he would have climbed higher but for being taken out of service for colon surgery on November 11. His Darling View colleague I’m All The Talk was called on to shoulder the extra workload for a final figure of 92.
He shared fourth spot with Maschino who has leap-frogged up the ladder after averaging a mere 20 in his first four seasons at Alwyn Park.
Long Leaf was the leader among first-season sires attracting 84 mares to Rangeview Stud. Veteran Yarradale Stud stallion War Chant (USA), who keeps batting at a better than 80% plus fertility rate, covered 52 mares at an $11,000 fee.
Coolmore Stud-based So You Think (High Chaparral) was Australia’s busiest with 261 covers at a fee of $38,500. Next on the list was Capitalist (Written Tycoon) with 237 mares at $44,000 for Newgate Farm.