Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland

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Highflyer, who was champion sire 13 times

The title of champion, or leading, sire of racehorses in Great Britain and Ireland is awarded to the stallion whose offspring have won the most prize money in Britain and Ireland during the flat racing season. The current champion is Galileo, who achieved his ninth title (and eighth in a row) in 2017, when his progeny won over £15 million in prize money.

Unlike the similar title for leading sire in North America, the stallion in question does not need to have resided in Great Britain or Ireland during his stud career, although the vast majority have done so. Northern Dancer is the most notable example of a North American-based stallion who won this title. The Northern Dancer sire line has dominated the list for the last several decades, mostly through his son Sadler's Wells (14 titles) and grandson Galileo.[1]

Records[edit]

Most championships:[2]

Champion sires 1721–1997[edit]

Champion sires since 1998[edit]

Year Champion stallion Winning horses Total wins Total prize money Leading earner Runner-up stallion Ref.
1998 Sadler's Wells 41 54 £1,594,536 Dream Well Alzao [3][4]
1999 Sadler's Wells 44 57 £1,921,619 Montjeu Fairy Bridge [3][4]
2000 Sadler's Wells 56 78 £2,483,888 Montjeu Storm Cat [3][4]
2001 Sadler's Wells 60 81 £4,068,991 Galileo Danehill [3][4]
2002 Sadler's Wells 67 87 £3,625,423 High Chaparral Danehill [3][4]
2003 Sadler's Wells 80 104 £3,455,160 High Chaparral Danehill [3][4]
2004 Sadler's Wells 83 104 £4,044,565 Doyen Danehill [3][4]
2005 Danehill 68 97 £3,487,488 Oratorio Montjeu [3][5]
2006 Danehill 65 92 £3,579,413 Dylan Thomas Danehill Dancer [3][5]
2007 Danehill 57 81 £3,751,607 Dylan Thomas Galileo [3][5]
2008 Galileo 61 86 £3,974,492 New Approach Danehill Dancer [3][6]
2009 Danehill Dancer 91 119 £3,827,297 Mastercraftsman Cape Cross [3][7]
2010 Galileo 66 89 £4,943,102 Cape Blanco Dansili [3][6]
2011 Galileo 90 121 £5,283,068 Frankel Montjeu [3][6]
2012 Galileo 108 154 £5,774,558 Frankel Montjeu [3][6]
2013 Galileo 115 162 £4,733,222 Ruler of the World Dubawi [3][6]
2014 Galileo 119 146 £7,193,916 Australia Invincible Spirit [3][6]
2015 Galileo 91 120 £5,735,195 Found Dubawi [3][6]
2016 Galileo 104 143 £10,489,764 Highland Reel Dubawi [3][6]
2017 Galileo 113 £15,145,613 Ulysses Dubawi [8]

Top sire lines[edit]

Excluding any championships by the foundation stallions themselves, the following sire-lines have produced champion sires (1721-2016):[2][3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northern Dancer (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Champion Sires in Great Britain and Ireland". www.highflyer.supanet.com. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Bloodstock | Racing Post". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Sadler's Wells". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  5. ^ a b c "Danehill". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Galileo". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  7. ^ "Danehill Dancer". 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  8. ^ "Galileo Claims Ninth Sires' Championship". www.thoroughbreddailynews.com. 2017-12-29. Retrieved 2018-02-21.