Protectionist to stand at Gestut Rottgen in 2017

Protectionist: beat Red Cadeaux in the 2014 Melbourne Cup

PICTURE: Getty Images Protectionist to stand at Gestut Rottgen in 2017
By Zoe Vicarage 1:52PM 3 NOV 2016

MELBOURNE CUP hero Protectionist, who won the race in 2014, will take up stallion duties at Gestut Rottgen in Germany for the 2017 breeding season. He will stand at a fee of €6,500.

Bred by Dr Christoph Berglar out of the unraced Peintre Celebre mare Patineuse, he is a half-brother to the winner Primatist.

Originally trained by Andreas Wohler, Protectionist won on his debut at Hannover before finishing second in a German Group 3 at the end of the his two-year-old campaign.

He ran twice at three, winning the Listed Derby Trial at Bremen, and developed into a leading performer at the age of four. Victories came in the Group 2 Hansa-Preis and the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay before beating Red Cadeaux to claim the Group 1 Melbourne Cup.

A career with Kris Lees followed in Australia but he returned to Wohler's care earlier this year and won three races including the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin in August.

He should have plenty of appeal as a sire as he is a son of the late Monsun, who supplied his third Melbourne Cup winner – Almandin – on Tueday, and who also stood in Germany.

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