Monsun (by Konigsstuhl) was one of the greatest German stallions and the late Gestut Schlenderhan standout, who died in 2012, added to his pattern-race tally when The Juliet Rose, a member of his final crop, won the Group 3 Prix de Royaumont over 12 furlongs on soft ground at Chantilly on Sunday.
Like a growing number of stakes and pattern winners, she is out of a daughter of the Group 1-winning miler Dubai Destination (by Kingmambo) and she is the first of that stallion's talented granddaughters to have Monsun as their sire.
She was bred by Guy Heald, she is trained by Nicolas Clement, and she is a €650,000 graduate of the Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale. Her two-year-old half-sister Pocketfullofdreams (by Invincible Spirit) made €550,000 at the same venue last summer, also bought by her part-owners Mayfair Speculators.
The Juliet Rose was a three and a half length winner of a newcomers' race over a mile in heavy ground at Saint-Cloud in November, and although runner-up to Camprock in the Group 3 Prix Penelope over two and a half furlongs farther at the same venue in April, she took a listed contest at Chantilly in May and then landed Sunday's prize by one and a half lengths. She is entered in next week's Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot and she looks a likely contender for the Group 1 Prix Vermeille later in the year.
Trade Flow (by Danehill Dancer), a 12-furlong maiden winner at Compiegne in March of last year, was the first foal for their dam and her fourth is a yearling son of Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice (by Danehill). Their dam is Dubai Rose, who won a listed contest in Germany and was listed-placed at Longchamp, and the mare is one of three blacktype winners out of a dual scorer called Russian Rose (by Soviet Lad).
Soho Rose (by Hernando) won a listed race in Germany but best of the mare's trio was that filly's full-sister Hanami who took the Group 2 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh and a mile listed contest at Newmarket and who also earned blacktype when third behind Soviet Song in the Group 2 Ridgewood Pearl Stakes. That race is over a mile at the Curragh, two furlongs shorter than the Pretty Polly Stakes.
Hanami has enjoyed some success at stud as her five winning progeny include the Group 2-placed Regent Street (by Galileo), listed-placed multiple winner Holly Polly (by Dylan Thomas) and also Khareef, a multiple stakes-placed four-year-old whose wins include a 12-furlong contest at Nantes in April. Hanami had an Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) colt in 2014 and a Cape Cross (by Green Desert) filly at the start of April 2015.
Russian Rose, the grandam of The Juliet Rose, was one of four winners out of an unraced mare called Thornbeam (by Beldale Flutter) and that made her a half-sister to the classic-placed Belgian stakes winner Cure The Blues (by Phardante), a filly who went on to become the dam of the blacktype-winning hurdlers Change Partner (by Turtle Island) and Georgia On My Mind (by Belmez) and grandam of the dual listed hurdles scorer Jamal Malik (by Lavirco). The next generation of the family features a seven-times winner named Going Going (by Auction Ring), but nothing of the talent of Sunday's new pattern race star.
This is a family that has been on the upgrade, and in The Juliet Rose it may have a representative who is capable of performing with credit in Group 1 company before the end of the year.