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01/07/02 Giant's Causeway to Stand for Australian Record
Champion European galloper Giant's Causeway, who's been called upon to replace Danehill at Coolmore Stud this season, will be standing for an Australian record first season service fee.

Coolmore Australia's General Manager Michael Kirwan confirmed today that the five time consecutive Group One winner would be standing at a fee of $137,500 (inc. GST).

That is some $27,500 more than another Coolmore based stallion, the Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who started his Australian service (and remains at) at $110,000 (inc. GST).

On the track Giant's Causeway became the first horse since the mighty Nijinsky to win five consecutive Group One races in Europe.

Kirwan said he was excited to have such a well credentialled, bred and performed stallion prospect in Australia this season.

"To not have Danehill here is obviously a great disappointment," Kirwan said. "But this horse (Giant's Causeway) is going to be a great substitute."

"We believe Giant's Causeway is sure to appeal to breeders as a very worthy and viable alternative to Danehill for the coming season."

"Danehill's progeny are best know for their ability and toughness, and Giant's Causeway was one of the best and toughest horses to have ever raced in Europe. He is also getting outstanding first foals in the Northern Hemisphere," Kirwan added.

Giant's Causeway is by the king of the Northern Hemisphere, Storm Cat - a sire who commands a service fee of US$500,000 at Overbrook Farm. Giant's Causeway himself stands for US$135,000 in Kentucky.

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