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 twelfth title (and eleventh in a row) in 2020.

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 (8) 41 54 £1,594,536 Dream Well Alzao [3][4]
1999 Sadler's Wells (9) 44 57 £1,921,619 Montjeu Fairy Bridge [3][4]
2000 Sadler's Wells (10) 56 78 £2,483,888 Montjeu Storm Cat [3][4]
2001 Sadler's Wells (11) 60 81 £4,068,991 Galileo Danehill [3][4]
2002 Sadler's Wells (12) 67 87 £3,625,423 High Chaparral Danehill [3][4]
2003 Sadler's Wells (13) 80 104 £3,455,160 High Chaparral Danehill [3][4]
2004 Sadler's Wells (14) 83 104 £4,044,565 Doyen Danehill [3][4]
2005 Danehill (1) 68 97 £3,487,488 Oratorio Montjeu [3][5]
2006 Danehill (2) 65 92 £3,579,413 Dylan Thomas Danehill Dancer [3][5]
2007 Danehill (3) 57 81 £3,751,607 Dylan Thomas Galileo [3][5]
2008 Galileo (1) 61 86 £3,974,492 New Approach Danehill Dancer [3][6]
2009 Danehill Dancer (1) 91 119 £3,827,297 Mastercraftsman Cape Cross [3][7]
2010 Galileo (2) 66 89 £4,943,102 Cape Blanco Dansili [3][6]
2011 Galileo (3) 90 121 £5,283,068 Frankel Montjeu [3][6]
2012 Galileo (4) 108 154 £5,774,558 Frankel Montjeu [3][6]
2013 Galileo (5) 115 162 £4,733,222 Ruler of the World Dubawi [3][6]
2014 Galileo (6) 119 146 £7,193,916 Australia Invincible Spirit [3][6]
2015 Galileo (7) 91 120 £5,735,195 Found Dubawi [3][6]
2016 Galileo (8) 104 143 £10,489,764 Highland Reel Dubawi [3][6]
2017 Galileo (9) 113 £11,698,680[a] Ulysses Dubawi [8]
2018 Galileo (10) 89 125 £6,680,143 Dubawi [9]
2019 Galileo (11) 82 124 £11,945,529[b] Waldgeist Sea the Stars [9][10]
2020 Galileo (12) 85 116[11] £5,274,968 Magical Dubawi [12]
  1. ^ £15,145,613 in Europe
  2. ^ £16,145,540 in Europe

Top sire lines[edit]

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

Sire lines and selected dam lines of the leading sires, color-coded by sire line
Thoulouse Barb
1723
D'Arcy White TurkTifter
HautboyScarborough Colt
Acaster Turk
1721
Curwen's Bay BarbSt. Victor's BarbByerley TurkClumseyGrey HautboyScarborough mare
Acaster Turk mareAlcock's Arabian
1728
Darley Arabian
1722
Bloody Buttocks
1739
Bald Galloway
1725
Sister to
Mixbury
JiggFox
1731, 1735
Bay Bolton
1724, 1726
1727, 1729
1732, 1733
1734
Sister to Antelope
Easby SnakeCrab
1748, 1749
1750
Bartlett's Childers
1742
Flying Childers
1730, 1736
Grey Bloody ButtocksGrey RobinsonGodolphin Arabian
1738, 1745
1747
RoxanaPartner
1737, 1740
1741
MeloriaBolton Starling
1744
Coalition Colt
Mother WesternSquirtBlacklegs
1746
Blaze
1751
SnipRegulus
1754, 1755
1756, 1757
1761, 1763
1765, 1766
Blank
1762, 1764
1770
Cade
1752, 1753
1758, 1759
1760
Sister to
Miss Partner
TartarCoalition Colt mare
OthelloMarske
1775, 1776
SpillettaSquirrelMatchem
1772, 1773
1774
Herod
1777, 1778
1779, 1780
1781, 1782
1783, 1784
Grecian Princess
Creeping PollyEclipseSnap
1767, 1768,
1769, 1771
BrunetteConductorWoodpeckerHighflyer
1785, 1786
1787, 1788
1789, 1790
1791, 1792
1793, 1794
1795, 1796
1798
Alexander
King Fergus
1797
PotooooooooMercuryTrumpator
1803
BuzzardAlexander mareSir Peter Teazle
1799, 1800
1801, 1802
1804, 1805
1806, 1807
1808, 1809
HambletonianBeningbroughWaxy
1810
GohannaSorcerer
1811, 1812, 1813
Selim
1814
Rubens
1815, 1821, 1822
CastrelWalton
1816, 1818
HaphazardSir Paul
WhitelockOrville
1817, 1823
WhiskerWhalebone
1826, 1827
GolumpusElection
1825
Soothsayer
1819
ComusSultan
1832, 1833
1834, 1835
1836, 1837
PantaloonPhantom
1820, 1824
Filho da Puta
1828
Paulowitz
Blacklock
1829
MuleyEmilius
1830, 1831
EconomistCamel
1838
CattonSir HerculesHumphrey
Clinker
Bay Middleton
1844, 1849
LangarWindhoundPartisanCain
VoltaireMoriscoPriam
1839, 1840
HarkawayTouchstone
1842, 1843
1848, 1855
Royal OakBirdcatcher
1852, 1856
Epirus
1850
Venison
1846, 1847
Ion
Taurus
1841
Slane
1845
The BaronOxfordMelbourne
1853, 1857
Thormanby
1869
Wild Dayrell
VoltigeurKing Tom
1870, 1871
Orlando
1851, 1854, 1858
Newminster
1859, 1863
Stockwell
1860, 1861
1862, 1864
1865, 1866
1867
West AustralianAtlanticBuccaneer
1868
VedetteTrumpeterLord Clifden
1876
Adventurer
1874
Hermit
1880, 1881
1882, 1883
1884, 1885
1886
Blair Athol
1872, 1873
1875, 1877
DoncasterSterlingSolonLe Sancy
Speculum
1878
Galopin
1888, 1889, 1898
PlutusHampton
1887
Bend OrIsonomyBarcaldineLe Samaritain
RoseberySt. Simon
1890, 1891
1892, 1893
1894, 1895
1896, 1900
1901
Flageolet
1879
Bay RonaldBona VistaOrmondeKendal
1897
Gallinule
1904, 1905
IsinglassMarco
AmphionPersimmon
1902, 1906
1908, 1912
St. Frusquin
1903, 1907
Desmond
1913
Dark RonaldBayardo
1917, 1918
Cyllene
1909, 1910
Orme
1899
John o'GauntMarcovilVahrenRoi Herode
Sundridge
1911
Prince PalatineChaucerRabelaisSon-in-Law
1924, 1930
Gainsborough
1932, 1933
Polymelus
1914, 1915
1916, 1920
1921
Lemberg
1922
CaptivationSwynford
1923
Hurry On
1926
The Tetrarch
1919
SunstarRose PrincePrince ChimayHavresacHyperion
1940, 1941
1942, 1945
1946, 1954
Solario
1937
Phalaris
1925, 1928
KircubbinBlandford
1934, 1935
1938
PrecipitationTetratema
1929
Buchan
1927
Prince RoseVatoutCavaliere d'ArpinoAureole
1960, 1961
SicklePharos
1931
Fairway
1936, 1939
1943, 1944
Chateau BouscautBlenheimBahramChamossaire
1964
UnbreakablePrince ChevalierBois RousselBelliniViennaNearco
1947, 1949
Fair Trial
1950
Chanteur
1953
DonatelloBig Game
1948
Charlottesville
1966
Court Harwell
1965
Tehran
1952
TeneraniNearcticMossborough
1958
Nasrullah
1951
Court Martial
1956, 1957
Petition
1959
Alycidon
1955
Crepello
1969
PolynesianRibot
1963, 1967
1968
Vaguely Noble
1973, 1974
Northern Dancer
1970, 1977
1983, 1984
Never Bend
1971
Never Say Die
1962
HoneywayMarch PastPetingo
1979
Native DancerDanzigSadler's Wells
1990, 1992
1993, 1994
1995, 1996
1997, 1998
1999, 2000
2001, 2002
2003, 2004
Nijinsky
1986
Be My Guest
1982
Mill Reef
1978, 1987
Wolver Hollow
1976
Red GodGreat Nephew
1975, 1981
Queen's Hussar
1972
Pitcairn
1980
AtanDanehill
2005, 2006
2007
Galileo
2008, 2010
2011, 2012
2013, 2014
2015, 2016
2017, 2018
2019, 2020
Caerleon
1988, 1991
Blushing Groom
1989
Sharpen UpDanehill Dancer
2009
Kris
1985

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". Racing Post. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Sadler's Wells". Racing Post. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  5. ^ a b c "Danehill". Racing Post. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Galileo". Racing Post. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  7. ^ "Danehill Dancer". Racing Post. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  8. ^ "Galileo Claims Ninth Sires' Championship". Thoroughbred Daily News. 2017-12-29. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  9. ^ a b "Leading Sires". Thoroughbred Stallion Guide. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Galileo, By A Country Mile". Thoroughbred Daily News. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Sires list archive". The Owner Breeder. 3 December 2020. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  12. ^ Thomas, James (3 December 2020). "Why it's Galileo's world in 2021 and we're all just living in it". Racing Post. Retrieved 4 January 2020.