SOLDIER'S Call has had his fee set at €10,000 for his initial covering season at Ballyhane Stud, with stallion master Joe Foley reporting strong interest in the son of Showcasing.
“We’ve had a very good response to the news of Soldier’s Call’s arrival and he’s been very popular with breeders. He’s an exciting prospect and breeders are loving him and booking some beautiful mares into him.”
Foley also reports strong demand for the services of his figurehead sire Dandy Man, whose fee has increased to €15,000 (from €12,500) for the 2020 season.
“A lot of people couldn’t get into him last season, so they’re booking early this year. Given the year that he’s had on the racetrack and in the sales ring, I’m sure we could have put his fee much higher but, like with Soldier’s Call’s fee, we’re keen to price these horses realistically for the current market, to give breeders every chance of doing good business with Ballyhane stallions."
Elzaam’s fee remains at €4,000. The son of Redoute's Choice has been well represented this year with the tough Group 3 winner Waitingfortheday and leading Hong Kong Derby hope Playa Del Puente.
Prince Of Lir, whose first crop made up to 260,000gns at Tattersalls, also remains at €4,000.