First-crop sires tightly grouped in early stages.
There have been occasions in recent years when, even at this early stage, a scorching pace has been set at the top - look no further than Acclamation in 2007 and Invincible Spirit in 2006.
At the time of writing, however, nine stallions (including Balmont and Indesatchel, both of whom broke their duck yesterday) are tied on one winner apiece.
Given Holy Roman Emperor's precocious profile on the course, it's been no surprise to see him well represented in the early weeks of the season.
High Award, a 425,000gns son of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Tarascon, gave the son of Danehill a flying start when successful on the first day of the Irish Flat season and, although there have been no further winners, another six of his runners have been placed, including the promising Catherineofaragon.
Tally-Ho Stud's Kodiac owes his prominent prize-money standing to the dual winner Bathwick Bear. Majestic Missile is another stallion with a potentially smart early juvenile in Majestic Myles, who runs in today's novice race at York after taking his debut by two lengths at Musselburgh.
As the table above does not cover French results, not shown is the winner registered by Aussie Rules. The horse in question, Chinese Wall, scored on her debut last month over 5f at Maisons-Laffitte.