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Elliptique to stand at Haras de Cercy
By Zoe Vicarage 9:42PM 23 MAR 2017 GERMAN Group 1 winner Elliptique has been retired to take up stallion duties at Haras de Cercy in France from this season.
The six-year-old son of New Approach has run twice in Dubai for Satish Seemar, finishing down the field on both occasions.
He was previously trained by Andre Fabre to win the top-flight Bayerisches Zuchtrennen at Munich last July.
While with Fabre he also landed the Prix de Conde and Grand Prix de Vichy, both Group 3 contests.
A Rothschild Family homebred, he is out of the Listed-placed Kendor mare Urayle and is a half-brother to triple Listed scorer Cicerole. Further back it is the family of Melbourne Cup hero Americain.
Elliptique joins Libertarian and Dawn Approach as sons of New Approach to stand at stud. Other leading performers by the son of Galileo include Oaks heroine Talent and Nassau Stakes winner Sultanina.
Elliptique is the third new stallion for Haras de Cercy this year, aft..
Lost Diamond: unraced filly was offered from the Godolphin draft
McKeever cuts to the chase for Lost Diamond
By James Thomas 8:31PM 23 MAR 2017 THANKS partly to a substantial draft from Godolphin, the Tattersalls Ireland March Sale on Thursday showed significant year-on-year increases in all the key market indicators.
As an illustration of how significant a step forward the first Ascot auction of the year has made, the opening bid of £50,000 for Lost Diamond – top lot among 162 offered – was more than double the top price achieved at the 2016 renewal. And the very presence of the agent responsible for making this audacious play, Susie McKeever, also highlights Ascot's growing appeal. Though a little perseverance was still required before the hammer eventually came down in favour of McKeever and her husband Johnny, at £70,000 they will rightly feel they have secured their client a bargain.
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Might Bite: is Scorpion's second Grade 1 winner over jumps
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Montjeu sons spreading influence over jumps
By Nancy Sexton 8:52PM 23 MAR 2017 IT ISN'T beyond the realms of imagination that Montjeu would have become the most successful sire in Derby history had he lived longer than his 16 years. As it is, with four Derby winners to his credit – Motivator, Authorized, Pour Moi and Camelot – he jointly holds the record alongside Sir Peter Teazle (born 1784), Waxy (b.1790), Cyllene (b.1895) and Blandford (b.1919).
But, like his sire Sadler's Wells and damsire Top Ville before him, the late Coolmore stallion is developing into a terrific influence over jumps, so much so that he featured as the paternal grandsire of four winners at last week's Cheltenham Festival, more than any other branch of any other winning sire-line.
Authorized, an accomplished sire on the Flat for Darley, was the only stallion to sire more than one winner..
Plumania: has now produced three winners from three runners
PICTURE: Mark Cranham Perfect start for Plumatic as he wins on his debut
By Zoe Vicarage 4:46PM 23 MAR 2017 THE regally bred Plumatic made a highly promising start to his career at Saint-Cloud on Thursday, cruising to success in the Prix Avenger.
The three-year-old son of Dubawi travelled well as the field turned for home and, once asked to take the lead, pulled clear to win under hands and heels.
His handler, Andre Fabre, knows the colt's family well as he trained his dam Plumania to win the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. The Anabaa mare has now produced three winners from three runners since retiring to the paddocks. Plumatic is a half-brother to the Listed-winning Maniaco and maiden scorer Solilea.
Homebred by the Wertheimer brothers, Plumania is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Balladeuse – who in turn is the dam of last year's Prix Vermeille heroine Left Hand. Further back it is the family of Groom Dancer..
Camelot: has his first two-year-olds run this year
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Can Camelot come to the aid of Montjeu sire-line?
12:11PM 23 MAR 2017 Our mini-series looking forward to the start of the Flat turf season continues with Montjeu assessing the rookie stallion's prospects of salvaging Montjeu's legacy
ALTHOUGH Montjeu has around 20 sons standing at stud across Europe this year, only one – barring a remarkable resurrection in the popularity of a commercially exposed name – has a realistic chance of continuing his sire-line in the northern hemisphere.
The responsibility for ensuring the best source of middle-distance performers and stayers of the new millennium remains in the top line of pedigrees rests on the shoulders of Camelot, whose first two-year-olds run this year.
The fact that none of Montjeu's paternal grandsons are at stud, as far as I can see, otherwise makes the decline of his sire-line look likely. Perhaps last year's J..
Plumania: won the Group 1 Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud
PICTURE: Mark Cranham Regally bred Plumatic to make Saint-Cloud debut
By James Thomas 7:58PM 22 MAR 2017 SAINT-CLOUD plays host to a sublimely bred newcomer on Thursday, with the Wertheimer brothers introducing Plumatic in the Prix Avenger at 2.20pm (1.20pm GMT) over a mile and a quarter.
The three-year-old colt is by Darley's flagship stallion Dubawi and is out of the Group 1-winning Rainbow Quest mare Plumania, who carried the Wertheimer brothers' colours to success in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in 2010 for Plumatic's trainer Andre Fabre.
She has already produced two winners from two runners, including Listed scorer Maniaco, a son of Galileo that won the Prix Vulcain at Deauville. Pulmania is a half-sister to Balladeuse, who won the Group 2 Prix de Royallieu before going on to produce Group 1 Prix Vermeille winner Left Hand.
Since producing Plumatic, Plumania has gone on to have a colt by New Approach who is al..
Labaik: his dam Avanguardia was bought for €5,000
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Lightning strikes twice for Tunisian breeder By Martin Stevens 2:32PM 22 MAR 2017 WHO says lightning doesn't strike twice? The Tunisian breeder who bought the dam of Douvan for a song when the brilliant chaser was just a yearling also managed to snare the mother of last Tuesday's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Labaik for small money before the emergence of her star son.
In an extraordinary feat of horsetrading that will turn seasoned jumps breeders green with envy, Lotfi Kohli of Haras Agrolux now owns the dams of two Cheltenham Festival heroes and between them they cost just €7,000.
Both mares were bought with the intention of producing runners in Tunisia but have been returned to Europe to capitalise on their immense value to jumps buyers.
Star Face, a 13-year-old daughter of Saint Des Saints, was picked up for just €2,000 at the Arqana February Sale in 2012 and Avangu..
Mastercraftsman: has plenty of exciting two-year-old prospects
PICTURE: RP GRAPHICS Mastercraftsman has stock to go to work with
By Martin Stevens 1:51PM 22 MAR 2017 CAST your mind back to the spring of 2014. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband were the dominant figures in British politics; Brexit was an obscure term that, mentioned without context, would have been met with a puzzled look; and Intense Focus might have been considered an up-and-coming sire. It is only three years ago – yet somehow it all seems like a different world.
Looking back, no doubt, we could find hidden clues to the way things were going to unfold. And that could certainly prove true of the facts and figures from the 2014 breeding season, as a signpost to those stallions entitled to make a good showing with their two-year-old progeny during the approaching campaign.
The likes of Galileo, Dubawi and Invincible Spirit were all firmly established as outstanding sires by then, so it should be business as us..
Mastery: was last seen winning the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes
PICTURE: Benoit Photo Baffert star Mastery to stand at Claiborne Farm
By Zoe Vicarage 2:09PM 21 MAR 2017 BRILLIANT US three-year-old Mastery will stand at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky on his retirement from racing.
The son of Candy Ride is currently injured, having undergone surgery last week for a condylar fracture in his left foreleg.
Trained by Bob Baffert, he has a perfect race record having won four races including the Grade 1 Cash Futurity Stakes in December by seven and a quarter lengths. He was last seen galloping a similar distance clear in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes in January, the race in which he sustained his injury.
Bred by Stone Farm out of the winning Old Trieste mare Steady Course, he was bought by Cromwell Bloodstock for $425,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2015. A half-brother to the winner Clear Sailing, he is from the family of the great Miswaki.
Mastery is one of ten Grade 1 winners..