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By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)
Monday 04 Nov 2013
Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)

It is said that change is the only constant in life. Which is just as well because monopolies, especially in sporting fields, are not only monotonous but in the long run result in mediocrity. As days passed, we savoured every innings of Tendulkar in the knowledge that we may not see many more. The deaths of three established Classic sires in 2011 -- Razeen, Placerville and Glory of Dancer -- left room at the top and it has been filled in. The breeding statistics for the year 2012-13 have been published by the Stud Book Authority of India and they show a change in three of the five main tables. The new Champions are:-

      Champion Stud Farm       -  Hazara Stud (4)

       Champion Sire                -  Always a Rainbow (1)

       Champion Damsire          -  Razeen (2)

       Champion Family            -  Pretty Polly (1)

       Champion Freshman Sire -  Multidimensional (-)

The Champion Freshman Sire, of course, changes every year. The figure in brackets indicates the position the new Champion occupied in 2011-12. Full statistics are available on this site itself. Those who are interested, have merely to go to STUD FARMS and click on STATISTICS.

The writing was clearly on the wall when the statistics for the third quarter of the year came out and final results have panned out very much on the expected lines. The tussle for the Champion Stud Farm was keen and outcome remained in balance till very late. Separate articles on three catergories follow this one which is being confined to the two Usha Stud stallions, Multidimensional and Razeen.

Multidimensional was clearly sighted as the winner at the end of the third quarter and he duly grabbed his crown. He had 50 foals born in 2010. 40 of them started, 29 won 54 races between them earning Rs.5,56,93,559. The bare statistics do not quite convey the true significance of his achievements. For starters, he eclipsed Rebuttal's record -- for Freshman Sires -- of Rs.2.52,98,242. Rebuttal was the Champion just two years ago so the inflation in stake money is not a telling factor. Besides, Rebuttal had 34 starters so Multidimensional is not flattered just by having more numbers. Then, he erased  Placerville's record of 23 winners from 33 starters established in 97/98. Multidimensional's 29 winners have come at a superior rate. Finally, he obliterated Razeen's feat of having 42 wins in his first crop. Razeen and Multidimensional were barn mates at Usha Stud for a brief while. Razeen's percentage, it has to be said, is a marginally superior to Multidimensional's.

Multidimensional also ended the year as the Champion Juvenile Sire. In last two decades, only two other stallions -- Razeen and Placerville -- have topped both the tables in the same year.  Well begun is only half done. Multidimensional has begun splendidly and when you have done that, the second year becomes even more critical. Will his first crop train on ? Will his second crop keep up the good work ? Answers to those two questions will define his future.

Another question which is being frequently posed is -- "Will the Multidimensionals stay ?" The Niarchos-bred sire won the Toteswinger Rose of Lancaster Stakes, Gr.3 over an extended 2000 m. and was beaten narrowly in the Hardwicke Stakes, Gr.2 at Royal Ascot. His sire Danehill has produced several good horses who have stayed much further. His dam won two Gr.3 races over 2400 m. and placed second in a Gr.1 contest over the same distance. The two immediate damsires -- Diesis and Red Ransom -- are not speed influences and Multidimensional's own DI is 1.43. All this would suggest that his progeny should not be found wanting over distances ranging from 2000 m. to 2400 m.

The sire is only half of any horse with dam having as much a say in the aptitude. A very large number -- around 70 % -- of Multidimensionals are out of Razeen mares and some of those that are not, have Razeen in the next generation. Razeen was a Classic sire par excellence but he was prepotent more for class than stamina. Yes, he does have several outstanding winners over 2400 m. but he did not impart stamina to many others -- Shamaal, Adamile, to mention just two. A closer look at the mares Multidimensional covered in his first crop shows that only dams of  Adiella, Altanza, Evraz, Falling For You, Glorious Moments, Keukenhof, Loveofmylife, Mannat, Scenic Warrior, Starry Eyes, Supreme Regime and Winged Foot were winners over 2400 m. or bred to be so. Most of the other Multidimensionals are out of short-running mares. The stable talk also suggests that the Multidimensionals are high mettled and sometimes difficult to settle in a race. Considering all this, it would appear the Multidimensionals will have a greater say in the Guineas. By March, no doubt, the picture will be clearer.

Multidimensional's celebrated barn-mate Razeen has wrested back the Champion Maternal Grandsire from his perennial rival Placerville. Last year, earnings of horses out of Razeen mares had fallen short by about Rs. 3 crores of the mark set by Placerville. This year, the tables have been comprehensively turned -- Razeen Rs. 13.68 crores, Placerville  Rs. 7.82 crores. This is Razeen's fifth title is the last seven years. What has undoubtedly boosted  Razeen's cause is that his daughters have clicked well with Multidimensional. Ace, on the other hand, has disappointed.

Razeen, of course, was a Champion Freshman Sire of his year. To that he added six Championships as topper of the General Sires' Table. He now has five Championships as a maternal grandsire. Northern Dancer's great son has to more crops to race but it is unlikely that he can again become a Champion Sire given the relatively smaller numbers in his crops and the fact that they were conceived at an advanced age. We should be happy if he produces a real cracker or two from them. However, he destined to get many more Championships as a damsire and it would be no real surprise if he were to double his tally in coming years.


Very few stallions better the Average Earning Index [AEI] that they achieve with their first crop in their subsequent years. There is also a relation between a stallion's first crop AEI and what he goes on to achieve though that relationship is not linear. It was felt that the first crop AE Index of some stallions from the past twenty years might be of interest to readers:-

          Razeen 6.19

          Placerville 4.59

          Green Forest 2.48

          Alnasr Alwasheek 2.17

          Diffident 3.68

          Glory of Dancer 2.18

          Burden of Proof 4.17

          Royal Kingdom 3.35

          Rebuttal 2.22

          Ace 1.30

          Multidimensional 3.64