The fastest son of Frankel and the only Gr.1 miler son of Frankel at stud in Europe.
Newsells Park Stud has announced the 2018 fees for Equiano and Nathaniel.
Nathaniel, sire of the brilliant Enable will see his fee increase to £20,000, while Equiano, sire of the dual Gr.1 winning sprinter, The Tin Man, remains at his 2017 fee of £8,000.
Commenting on the fees, Newsells Park Stud’s General Manager, Julian Dollar said: “We always felt that Nathaniel’s progeny would improve markedly from two to three, but even we could not have imagined that his first three-year-old crop would make such a significant impact. Enable is quite simply a phenomenon. Very few stallions sire a horse as good as her in their entire career. For Nathaniel to produce a horse of her ability with his very first crop marks him out as a special stallion.
“However, Enable was not the only horse by Nathaniel who improved spectacularly during their three-year-old career and the ten other Group and Stakes performers from his first crop include high class colts, as well as fillies like Melodic Motion and God Given, who both improved more than 20lbs during the year. Twelve three-year-olds by Nathaniel are rated 100 or higher, seven colts and five fillies.
“At this stage, Nathaniel’s second crop looks even better. He has several very promising winners including House Edge, This Girl, Perfect Clarity, Highgarden, The Kid Bobby B and Dina, none of whom will have to improve a great deal to become high class three-year-olds in 2018.
“Nathaniel offers breeders exceptional value at £20,000. I don’t believe there is another proven young stallion standing in Europe that is capable of siring runners of that class for anything close to that fee.
“Our other Group 1 sire, Equiano, is a potent source of speed and a model of consistency. 12 Group or Stakes winners from his first three crops, including six Group or Stakes winning two-year-olds and a dual Group 1 winner in The Tin Man, mark Equiano out as stallion that should appeal to breeders looking for speed as well as great value.
“Equiano is the leading British based sire of sprinters by winners and the leading fourth crop sire in Britain and Ireland by prize money. A son of Acclamation, he compares favourably with his own exceptional sire at this stage of his stud career having produced more top horses and more high class two-year-olds from his first three crops than his sire did. Equiano is a proven sire of fast horses, 89% of his progeny’s wins have been over less than a mile, and his record is only set to improve over the years ahead.”