2019 fee: £3,000 1st Oct LFFR
Category: Stallions/ Nominations
Sire: ISHIGURU (USA)
Dam: CUMBRIAN MELODY
Dam Sire: PETONG
Nominations are available in Worcestershire-based Chapel Stud's proven pattern-producing sire Hellvelyn. The sire was a stalwart for the operation at its former home in Gloucestershire when operating under the Bucklands Farm & Stud banner, and will stand the 2019 season at £3,000 1st Oct LFFR.
Hellvelyn won five of his 13 starts, including the Grp-2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot as a two-year-old and the Listed Beverley Bullet as a three-year-old, defeating multiple Grp-1 winner Borderlescott in the process.
After a spell in the US, Hellvelyn began his covering career in the 2011 season and has remained a constant source of quality offspring despite fluctuating numbers of mares to cover. His first crop featured the Grp-3 Molecomb Stakes runner-up Bonnie Grey, and then the Grp-3 Dick Poole Stakes heroine and Grp-1 Commonwealth Cup fourth La Rioja emerged from his second.
Perhaps his most notable progeny to date, however, has been the electric Mrs Danvers, who won five out of five as a two-year-old in 2016, including the Grp-3 Cornwallis Stakes, the Listed St Hugh's Stakes and the lucrative Weatherbys Super Sprint.
Despite having never stood at a fee above £3,000, Hellvelyn's proven ability to produce Stakes horses has ensured that his progeny continue to prove popular in the sales ring. Only last year his Listed-placed daughter Hellofahaste auctioned for 100,000gns at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale, whilst in 2017 his son Ardenode realised £300,000 following a victory in the Listed Prix La Fleche. In addition to this his yearlings and breezers have auctioned for figures such as £75,000, €75,000 and £60,000 in recent seasons.
Few sires operating at this sort of level can boast such figures, and Hellvelyn remains at the peak of his powers. A class act on the racecourse who produces outstanding-looking foals and is a good match for a wide range of mares, this proven source of speed continues to offer breeders an excellent economy option.
Hellvelyn notable progeny:
La Rioja - Gr.3 winner
Mrs Danvers - Gr.3 winner
Ardenode - Listed winner
Bonnie Grey - Gr.3 placed
Hellofahaste - Listed placed
Mister Trader - Listed placed