Encosta De Lago

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Encosta De Lago
Sacred Kingdom.jpg
Sacred Kingdom by Encosta De Lago
Sire Fairy King (USA)
Grandsire Northern Dancer (CAN)
Dam Shoal Creek
Damsire Star Way (GB)
Sex Stallion
Foaled 27 October 1993
Country Australia
Colour Bay
Breeder Emirates Park (Vic) Pty Ltd, Victoria
Owner Joe Throsby, Lee Freedman, John Magnier, Eddie Irwin, Ken Barry, Duncan Grimley
2. Coolmore Stud
Trainer Lee Freedman
Record 8: 3–0–3
Earnings A$469,850
Major wins
1996 Vic Health Cup
VRC Ascot Vale Stakes
MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes
2008, 2009 Leading sire in Australia
Last updated on 4 October 2010

Encosta De Lago (27 October 1993 – 6 October 2018) was an Australian bred Thoroughbred racehorse that won three group races from eight starts including the Group One (G1), Vic Health Cup against older horses. He was the Leading sire in Australia during 2008 and 2009.

He was a bay stallion with good conformation that was bred by Emirates Park (Vic) Pty Ltd. Encosta de Lago is by Fairy King (USA) a brother to Sadler’s Wells, who has sired over 400 winners that have won over A$54.3 million. His dam, Shoal Creek (by Star Way (GB)), is a half-sister to Flying Spur and great granddaughter of the famous Northern Dancer mare, Fanfreluche (USA). Shoal Creek has produced four named foals which included:

  • 1999 bay or brown colt, Diera Creek by Snaadee (USA)
  • 2002 chestnut colt, Salman by Danewin
  • 2006 bay or brown filly, Zyoon, by Al Maher, but none of these horses are currently stakes-winners.

Racing record[edit]

At the age of two years[edit]

Encosta de Lago had two race starts for 2 thirds in the VRC Maribyrnong Plate [G2] and the Listed, MRC Debutant Stakes for $12,600 in prizemoney.

At the age of three years[edit]

At three he won the G1, MRC Vic Health Cup over 1,400 metres and the G2, VRC Ascot Vale Stakes over 1,200 m. He then finished third in the G1 MRC Caulfield Guineas. Prior to the running of the G2 MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes over 1,600 metres at Moonee Valley Encosta de Lago returned a test over the legal limit to the performance-enhancing substance TC02, or bicarbonate, commonly called a milkshake. A second test showed a lower level, however a third was ordered by the analyst and official vet, also came up under the limit and Encosta De Lago was permitted to start and won this, his last start, easily.[1] As a three-year-old he had 6 starts for 3 wins and 1 third and $457,250.

Total racing record: 8 starts for 3 wins and 3 thirds for $469,850 in prizemoney.[2]

Trainer, Lee Freedman commented that "Encosta De Lago is one of the most gifted horses I have trained, so it is of no surprise that he has become a champion stallion. He was an imposing colt with a magnificent action and turn of foot, traits he has passed on to his offspring. His win in the VicHealth Cup was miraculous. Injury curtailed his racing career, but it probably helped him as a stallion."[3]

Stud record[edit]

When Encosta De Lago retired from racing in 1997 he stood at Blue Gum Farm, Euroa, Victoria for an introductory fee of $8,500, increased to $38,500 in 2003.

In 2004 Coolmore Stud purchased Encosta De Lago and he was relocated to their stud at Jerrys Plains, New South Wales. Here he first stood for a reported fee of $132,000, making him then Australasia's highest-priced stallion.[4]

Encosta de Lago became one of the most sought after sires in Australia and in 2006 his service fee increased to $176,000. He travelled to Coolmore Stud in Ireland, for part of the northern hemisphere breeding season, from March 2007 until August 2007 when he served 66 mares.[5][6] When he returned to Australia he was one of the first horses to contract equine influenza (E.I.) while in quarantine.[7]

He was the Leading sire in Australia in 2007–08 and 2008–09; and second in 2005–06 and 2006–07. In 2008 Encosta de Lago's service fee rose to $302,500 and he served 227 mares that season who produced 166 live foals for an 80.0% fertility rating. That season he placed second, by number of mares covered in Australia, behind Fastnet Rock.[8][9][10]

Some of his most successful G1 or G2 winning progeny includes:

Sirmione by Encosta De Lago.

In addition Encosta De Lago is the broodmare sire of stakes winners Beneteau, Musir, She's Got Gears and Stokehouse.

Encosta De Lago's first northern hemisphere bred yearling sold to leading trainer, Bob Baffert at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale for US$500,000. The stallion has now sired over 1,700 foals in Australia with 950 runners, 619 winners (including about 70 stakes winners) for earnings of A$90 million during his 13 years at stud.[12] He is the sire of winners in Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.[13] In 2010, 88 yearlings sired by him were sold at Australian auctions for an average of A$250,000. His stud fee for 2010 is $143,000 including GST, with a free return.

Encosta De Lago was retired from stud duty by Coolmore on February 5, 2015.[14]


On 6 October 2018, Coolmore Stud announced that Encosta De Lago had died aged 25 years.[15]


Pedigree of Encosta De Lago (AUS), bay stallion, 1993
Fairy King (USA)
B. 1982
Northern Dancer (CAN)
B. 1961
Nearco (ITY)
Lady Angela (GB)
Natalma (USA)
Native Dancer
Fairy Bridge
Bold Reason
Hail To Reason
Forli (ARG)
Shoal Creek
Ch. 1988
Star Way (GB)
Star Appeal (IRE)
Appiani (ITY)
Sterna (GER)
New Way
Klairon (FR)
New Move (GB)
Rolls (USA)
Mr. Prospector (USA)
Raise A Native
Gold Digger
Grand Luxe (CAN)
Sir Ivor
Fanfreluche (Family: 4g)


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