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Hoskins joins the Overbury Stud team

Stallion fees set, and there's a new nominations man at the helm

Simon Sweeting's Overbury Stud has announced fees for its five stallions – and added a new name in the shape of Sam Hoskins, who will be liaising with breeders and selling nominations alongside Sweeting. Dunaden, the first Melbourne Cup winner to stand at stud in Britain since Carbine in 1895, will stand his first season at £3,000. 'He's Sheikh Fahad's favourite horse,' said Hoskins, 'And he's supporting him with his own mares and the amazing Dunaden Breeders' Club premiums and bonuses. Carbine went on to sire a Derby winner and we'll be doing everything possible to give Dunaden the best possible chance of following suit, so breeders with talented mares will be well looked-after.' 

Cityscape, who is the best horse ever sired by Selkirk and was rated the equal of his grandsire, the great Sharpen Up, has had his fee clipped by 10% to £4,500. 'He covered 96 mares in his first year and was supported by numerous notable judges that anyone would want on their side,' said Hoskins. 'He's an especially good-looking horse – rangy but powerful and balanced – and we can't wait to see his first foals.'

Delegator has no fewer than 32 first-crop foals at the December Foal Sales and will again stand at £4,000. The form of his 2,000 Guineas second, with G1 sires Rip Van Winkle and Mastercraftsman behind, is looking stronger than ever. 'I'd encourage any breeder keen on latching on to the next big thing to inspect Delegator's foals at Tattersalls,' said Hoskins. 'Delegator is every inch his father's son – and since he's by Dansili, he really could be something special.'

Overbury Stud's two National Hunt stallions both have something to shout about in 2014. Kayf Tara, standing for £3,000, became Champion British Jumps stallion for a fifth time, while Schiaparelli, whose fee is again £2,000, is a full-brother to the dam of Sea The Moon, who won the German Derby – just as Schiaparelli did. 'He's a great-looking horse by Monsun,' says Hoskins, 'He won five G1 races at a mile-and-a-half – that's more than Shirocco! – and he's out of one of the best mares of the last decade or two. His first jumps runners are a couple of years away, but this is surely a horse we'll hear plenty more about.'

Hoskins himself boasts a fine pedigree and high-class form for the job in hand: the son of Gloucestershire farmer, he's returning to home turf having spent time working and studying in Ireland, New Zealand, Kentucky and Normandy. Having completed the Irish National Stud course, he then won the Joss Collins Scholarship. He has also assisted bloodstock agent Johnny McKeever and spent time working for the Niarchos family under Alan Cooper. A winner of the Racing Post Ten To Follow competition, Hoskins manages the Hot To Trot and Kennett Valley Thoroughbreds syndicates, is an agent for Doncaster Bloodstock Sales and is Chairman of the TBA's Next Generation Committee. Simon Sweeting said, 'Sam will be a huge asset to Overbury, I'm really looking forward to working with him, and we've got our best-ever roster of stallions for him to represent. These are exciting times at Overbury.'

 

For more information please contact

Simon Sweeting on 07796 174926 or (01386) 725552 simon@ovstud.co.uk

or Sam Hoskins on 07791 746119 or 0203 542 1620 sam@ovstud.co.uk