Full brothers Deep Field and Shooting to Win have had their first yearlings go through the sale ring at MM.
Their Mum sold at MM a while back for $3.4m, a MM record.
No doubt people remember that STW was a Caulfield Guineas winner, who didn't go on with it in the Autumn.
Deep Field was a speedball who curled up when he got to the top grade.
STW went to stud at Darley at a fee of $38,500 incl GST. He served 156 mares first year and got 118 live foals.
Deep Field went to Newgate at $22,000 incl GST and served 257 mares. He got 190 live foals.
Just as breeders did, the buying market has made it pretty clear over the first couple of days at MM which of the brothers it prefers.
Deep Field's had 22 go through the ring. 21 have sold at an average of $244,047 and a median of $220,000. Top price $675,000, bottom $$70,000.
STW has had 13 go through the ring. 10 have sold at an average of $107,000 and a median of $85,000. Top price $260,000, bottom $45,000. Dep Field's had 7 sell for more than STW's top price.
Hard to fathom Deep Field's popularity.
Economic theory says that scarcity drives up the price. He's got more yearlings on offer at sales this season than just about any other stallion.
He ran some fast times over short courses, but not at 1200m.
He had a couple of goes at G1s, and was spanked both times. In between, he was beaten at 2s on in a G3.
It seems the boom which he carried to the track has followed him to stud. He didn't warrant it as a racehorse. Let's see how he goes as a stallion...