Sessions serves to serve again in WA

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.

120 Sessions $3,850 Oakland Park
106 Universal Ruler $6,600 Scenic Lodge
96 Playing God $13,200 Darling View
92 Maschino $6,600 Alwyn Park
92 I’m All The Talk $6,600 Darling View
84 Long Leaf $5,500 Rangeview
76 Gingerbread Man $5,500 Yarradale
60 Ducimus $4,400 Rivercrest Park
59 A Lot (USA) $3,300 Willaview Park
58 Snippetson $6,600 Scenic Lodge

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.