We may be witnessing the emergence of Montjeu as the successor to the deceased Danehill as the leading son of Sadlers Wells at stud.His sons Motivator and Walk In The Park ran 1-2 in the Epsom Derby today and he has 3 sons entered in the French Derby on Sunday in Hurricane Run,Falstaff and Scorpion.Winner of the French and Irish Derbies along with the Arc he has sired winners from 5F to 12F in his first crop.Keep your eyes open later this summer and fall when the Montjeu's ship across the pond to contest our best turf races.
The first crop of 3yo's for Montjeu was highlighted today by Hurricane Run winning the 'Arc.Montjeu sired the winners of the Epsom Derby,Irish Derby,Grand Prix de Paris,St Leger and Arc among others in his first crop.Look for Tabor to bring HR over for the BC Turf this year and also campaign his champion at 4yo.
I don't know how many 10f+ winners over-all Storm Cat has thrown. I'm not that familiar with his record in Europe, but I still think he only has 3 GI winners at 10f or more in No America. Tabasco Cat, Cat Thief, and Storm Flag Flying.
There was, of course, Giant's Causeway, who won multiple GI's on turf at 10 or more in Europe, and I honestly always feel like I want to give him a pass for losing the BC Classic. He didn't lose that race because he couldn't get the distance. He lost it because there was another beast in there who wanted it just a little more.
This Montjeu phenomenon really shouldn't surprise us, any more than Sadler's Wells did when he was siring every GI distance runner in sight a few years ago.
The Europeans still honor and revere stoutness in their horses. It's a pity that their counterparts across the pond no longer do.
I've been a big fan of Miss Keller for a long time, but I just didn't think she was good enough to get the job done in the E P Taylor today. Oooops!
As far as Sarah Lynx goes, I basically threw her out without even seeing who her sire was. I must say that I wasn't the only idiot that did that, seeing that she went off at 22/1.
What a great day for Montjeu...two wins in two races worth $2.5M in purses!
It's cool that you found that old thread, Hoop. It's somehow magical to be able to look back so many years and see thoughts and opinions about what was going on back then. Seeing posts from G-Man(bdhsheets) kind of hit me in the heart. He's been gone for 5 years or so now, and I still miss him.
What I want to know is how come it took so long for Coolmore to name a horse "Camelot"!
It just seems such a Coolmore-ish name.
For that matter, with all their horses that they've named after historic personages, I don't think I remember a "King Arthur" or a "Lancelot". I believe that "Guinevere" (Princess or Queen or whatever) and "Merlin" have already been used, but "Lady Of The Lake", or better yet, "Femme du Lac", would make a wonderful name for a top class filly.
Then they could go to the dark side......a filly named "Morgan Le Fay" or a colt named "Mordred".
King Arthur's boyhood nickname, before he pulled Excalibur from the stone, was "WART".
A horse named "Wart".......naaaah, not a good idea.