Fee Increase for Better than Ready 2019 Season

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Australia's runaway, leading first season sire by winners BETTER THAN READY will stand for $30,000 plus GST this season. His book will be capped at 160 mares plus returns, limiting the number of outside bookings that will be available. "Demand is strong already with many southern studs planning to send mares. Breeders around the country are recognising Better Than Ready's dominance. With yearlings selling up to $170,000 this year, his new fee should be great value for the higher quality mares he will no doubt receive this year", Lyndhurst's Jeff Kruger said.

The standard will be much higher than previous seasons. Existing shareholders are also planning more mare upgrades. Better Than Ready has proved a dominant stallion, producing many fast precocious 2yo winners and has proved he can upgrade the progeny of almost all of his mares. Of note are his 2 Stakes winners, of the time honoured Phelan Ready and Calaway Girl pre-Christmas Stakes races, brilliantly won by The Odyssey and Better Reflection. Also remarkable were his four qualifiers for the Magic Millions 2yo, making up a quarter of the field, a metropolitan trifecta in the Jewel Prelude, and 1st and 3rd in the half million dollar Aquis Jewel Final with five qualifiers. Being free of Danehill & Star Kingdom blood, the black son of MORE THAN READY offers an extremely rare outcross for Australian mares.

Yarramalong Park's Richard Foster added "Better than Ready's third crop weanlings are up another level and even more outstanding. This stallion is destined to fill a most important niche in Australia's breeding industry."