Thursday, September 15, 2005

Dubai Excellence in stud mix-up :: Yahoo! News

Quote:

In a case of mistaken equine identify, one of the world's top stallions earmarked for stud in Australia was sent from England to a farm in Ukraine, and a lesser known steed came to Australia in his place.

The thoroughbred ID mix-up lasted six months, with the unknown stallion booking about A$320,000 (US$250,000) worth of services for the upcoming breeding season. Dubai Excellence, a half-brother of world champion Dubai Millennium, was bought by the West Australian Turf Club chairman Ted van Heemst, who in turn sold about 80 services to mares at almost A$4,000 each.
There's an opportunity cost story in there somewhere.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Acad Ronin said...

A mare can be covered (bred) only so many times. Foaling by an inferior stud represents a large (perhaps 10%?) lose of her reproductive capacity.

3:29 AM  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

Exactly.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous dark horse said...

The true value of a stallion is often not realised until the preformance of his foals is known (usually in the two year old racing reasn in Australia). Consider the damages related to one full season's (one year) delay in the racing of his progeny.

9:48 AM  

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