WITH the major racing powers also owning substantial breeding operations, the market place for stallions is a most difficult one. It is becoming harder all the time for independent farms to acquire stallions, and the few that become available are snapped up quickly.

Coolmore, Darley, Shadwell, Juddmonte and the Aga Khan all have the ability to find a place at stud for their star colts when they come along. There are very few horses of the calibre of Sea The Stars that make their mark on the racing scene and that there will be conjecture about their stud career. Many other racing stars are snapped up early.