Breeding Cycle

The most valuable asset in the Breeding cycle is that of a successful stallion.

The well known Frankel has a stud fee, the cost for the stallion to impregnate the mare, of £175,000 which equates to almost £16m of earnings per annum.

Success on the racecourse, by the stallions foals, is the only way to protect the value of the stallion owners investments.

This is best achieved by ensuring the foals pedigree gives the best chance of success. There is, therefore, a high demand for quality female horses older than 4 to become broodmares, those used for mating.

Such success led to an increase in Frankel’s stud fee from £125,000 to £175,000.

The investment needed to own the stallion or good broodmares is significant and prohibitive for most investors.

The foals born at the beginning of any one year are usually entered into sale in November and December of each year so are anything from 6-11 months old.

The buyer of the foal may look to keep the racehorse until they are eligible to race once they turn 2 years old or he may look to sell the racehorse as a yearling, i.e. when the horse is 18-23 months old.

The latter is the process called Pinhooking and is the least labour or capital intensive way to access the revenue options and is therefore, the initial focus of the company.

Breeding Cycle

Jan – April Foals Born
Nov – Dec Foal Sales
Jan Foals » Yearlings
Oct – Dec Yearling Sales
Jan Yearlings » 2 year olds
March onward Racing careers start

Breeding Terms

  • Foals are called as such from birth until 31st December of the same year.
  • From the 1st January until 31st December of the year following their birth they are called Yearlings.
  • The following calender year see them as 2 year olds and allowed to race.
  • Fillies, female thoroughbreds, become mares at 4 years old and can be breed.
  • Colts, male thoroughbreds, can be retired from racing at 3 to start breeding – he then stands as a stallion.
  • Geldings is a term that refers to male horses that have been castrated.