Matings Advice & Nomination Booking

Selecting the right stallion for your mare is a key decision whether breeding to race or breeding to sell. Pedigrees, race records, conformation, pedigree nicks, stallion location, stallion fees and market perception are all important factors in choosing the correct stallion.

Richard has spent the last 15 years (including 10 sales seasons with Juddmonte and Darley) producing mating plans for clients and advising on the best stallions for their mares and results have included the breeding of a European Classic winner. Other results have included a client selling a yearling for over £500,000 from a £10,000 cover and in 2016 Richard’s mating plans produced Sweet Solera Gr.3 winner Nations Alexander & Listed winning 3-year-old Priceless. Priceless’ dam Molly Brown was also purchased privately by Richard at an earlier stage of her career.

If you are looking for help or just a second opinion on your mating plans then Richard will be delighted to help. The process will start with a phone and/or email conversation where Richard will ask questions such as ‘are you breeding to race or breeding to sell ?’ and ‘what height is your mare and what is she like from a conformation perspective ?’. Once Richard has got all the detail he needs he will get to work on producing a mating plan for the mare where he will suggest suitable stallions which should be considered. Another conversation or two including discussing the merits of suggested stallions and stallions the client is interested in will occur before a short-list is finalised and enquiries into stallion availability and price are made. Richard suggests that breeders make contact by the end of October as the first two weeks of November are the key time to get nominations booked or face missing out on the stallion of choice. If your mare only warrants a lower-level cover then deals can be found at later stages but if you are looking to use popular proven or first season sires then you need to act fast.

The best news is that Richard offers this advice for FREE so long as he gets to book the nomination and the Stallion farm agree to pay a 5% commission once the mare is in-foal and the nomination has been paid for.

If you are interested in Richard’s advice on mating plans and nomination booking please contact him on +44 7769 349240 or email

Mare Purchases & Nomination Bookings - Richard Knight Bloodstock Agent

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