This last stallion's week was rather calm. Two of our French stallions produced black type horses : the confirmed Motivator and the young Spanish Moon. Modus, a son of Motivator, won a Listed at Kempton on the hurdles which made him the 57th Stakes horse of Treve's sire ! As for the youngest Spanish Moon, he signed a first group performance thanks to the AQPS Crack Mome from his first crop. This colt was 2nd in a Gr.2 at Punchestown. Spanish Moon starts the new year very well after his first black type with Daphne du Clos, 2nd in a Listed at Cheltenham on January 1st.
The Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (Gr.3), registeref as the Cagnes-sur-Mer Gold Cup, returned to the daughter of Falco Mallorca. In Cagnes-sur-Mer as well, Manduro won the Grande Course de Haies des 4 ans thanks to his son Mondieu. In England and Ireland, the young Montmartre and the highly experienced Turgeon were honored in Gr.1. Their respective products Capitaine and Turcagua took each a second place in Gr.1. Finally, the very good and regular Dream Well, the young Never On Sunday as well as Vision d'Etat and Youmzain, which rise in power, have all 4 taken places in Listed in the French National Hunt program.
National Hunt stallions' shone particularly at the end of the year. Al Namix, Davidoff and Norse Dancer each won a Gr.1 at Leopardstown and Kempton. A multitude of other stallions have taken places in Gr.1 contests such as Authorized, Dream Well, Elusive City, Kapgarde, Martaline, Poliglote and Saint des Saints. By he way, Martaline also shone in a Gr.2 and Poliglote in a Gr.3. Kapgarde and Turgeon won a Listed.
Ascot Racecourse centralized the attention this week during for the French stallions' performances as Montmartre and Poliglote both signed a Gr.2 victory thanks to their respective sons Capitaine and Politologue. The 4 and 5-Y-O geldings, won on hurdles for the first one and on the fences for the second. Two of the Haras du Logis' stallions were not outdone as Authorized and Manduro won a Listed. Finally, we can mention the performance of Puerto Escondido, a son of Hurricane Cat who was 2nd in the Premio Carlos Pellegrini (Gr.1), the biggest race in Argentina.
Hurricane Cat, from the Haras de la Haie Neuve, asserts itself day after day. Last October, this son of Storm Cat gave a new Gr.1 winner with El Benicio. This week, Hurricane Cat gave the Gr. 2 winner Legion Cat, his 14th Stakes performer this year. On jumps, Kapgarde won a Listed at Auteuil for the last dayeting of the year. Davidoff, Martaline and My Risk, took each a Gr.1 place on the English and Irish programs.
The honorable son of Kahyasi Khalkevi won his first Gr.1 this week in the Prix Jacques de Vienne thanks to his son Delirant, which means crazy! This 3-Y-O AQPS is now a classic winner by 4 lengths for his second race only. Another AQPS grabbed a Gr.2 success in England, the 4-Y-O Clan des Obeaux, a son of Kapgarde, signed a first victory at this level. In Gr.3, Montmartre and Poliglote were again the strongest. The same Poliglote also signed a Listed victory over the fences, imitated by Doctor Dino and Saint des Saints.
Authorized and Elusive City are the two big winners of our stallions' week. They both gave a Gr.1 winner : on Punchestown racecourse for the first thanks to the phenomenal Nichols Canyon and in Kranji (Singapore) for Elusive City via Bahana, a 5 year old gelding, on the flat. Califet, Day Flight and Norse Dancer were the strongest in Gr.2. Their respective sons Blue Dragon, A Toi Phil and Yanworth distinguished themselves at Auteuil, Punchestown and Ascot.
Not Blue Bresil won't return to France but he is the sire of the hope Le Prezien, bred by the Breton family, which remembers our good memory by winning his second Gr.2 in 2016. Still on the fences and hurdles, we should mention Creachadoir's Gr.1 place at Auteuil and the Gr.3 success from Martaline and Montmartre. In the Listed companies, Ballingarry, Evasive, Manduro and Poliglote were also the strongest.
Crillon, Kapgarde and Vision d'Etat spend a big weekend at Auteuil. All were rewarded through a Gr.1 triumph! 7 other French stallions have experienced the joy of placing their products in Gr.1 result this week incuding 5 at Auteuil this weekend. Dream Well, Authorized, Great Pretender, Kapgarde, Saint of Saints, Sunday Break and Turgeon (twice) have placed their products in Gr.1 company. Manduro and Martaline have again signed a Gr.2 victory as well as the young Doctor Dino. He shone at this level for the first time. Also at Auteuil, Montmartre proved the strongest in a Gr.3 contest thanks to his daughter Titi de Montmartre. Blue Bresil and Saint of Saints were victorious in Listed at Auteuil as well as Elusive City over flat.
The past stallion's week was has been rather quiet in fact. Nevertheless, results demonstrate Gr.3 success for Elusive City, Kingsalsa and Siyouni. The three over flat. Authorized, Maresca Sorrento and Saint des Saints won a Listed ; the first over flat, the others over fences.
We talked a lot about Manduro this past week thanks to the Gr.1 victory of his son Vazirabad in the Prix Royal-Oak and the Gr.3 success of Duretto, Gr. 3 winner in Newbury. Coastal Path has signed a new Listed victory through his daughter, the AQPS mare Concerto Allen in Enghien. At the highest level on flat, Authorized and Le Havre each took a second place. The first in the Cox Plate in Australia, the second in the Premio Lydia Tesio in Italy.
Wootton Bassett and Stormy River, Haras d'Etreham's stallion or rather former Etreham's stallion for the second, dominated the week with Almanzor's Gr.1 glory. This son of Wootton Bassett was crowned champion european racehorse by winning in the thriller finish the Champion Stakes at Ascot ! Stormy River, who officiates at Haras de Saint Arnoult since this year, realises a very smart year thanks especially to his daughter Sans Equivoque, winner of the Gr.2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte. Over jumps, Nidor and Poliglote shone in Gr.3 level at Auteuil this weekend while Authorized, Elusive City, Rajsaman, Silver Cross, Sinndar and Vision d'Etat secured Listed victories.
After Extreme Cara (Prix Cambaceres) and Querido Machito, Alain Regnier's stallion from Haras de la Haie Neuve Hurricane Cat recorded his third Gr.1 winner this weekend thanks to the argentinian 3 years old El Benicio, winner of the Gran Premio San Isidro over 1 mile. Still over flat, Saint des Saints won a Gr.2 with his daughter Divine Sainte winner of the Prix du Bourbonnais. Elusive City, Kapgarde and Turgeon were all imperial in Gr.3 and Diamond Green, Doctor Dino, Kapgarde and Vertigineux in Listeds.
Authorized, one of the Haras du Logis' leading stallions, has signed his twelfth Gr.1 victory thanks to Hartnell in Flemington in Australia over the last week. Makfi and Zanzibari won Gr.3 respectively in Germany and Hong Kong. In France and Ireland, Literato, Manduro, Martaline and Solon have all 4 hooked a Listed. Once again, many French stallions have taken places in Gr.1 (Le Havre, Manduro Siyouni), Gr.2 (Le Havre, Literato, Sinndar), Gr.3 (Authorized, Kapgarde, Le Havre, Orpen ) and Listed (Orpen) worldwide.