By a classic-winning son of Danehill (by Danzig), Es Que Love represents one of the most powerful male lines in Europe, although is an early stallion son for his sire, Clodovil. That grey won the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains, has sired two winners at the highest level, and also has the Group 2 scorer Gregorian as a son with first foals in 2016.
Es Que Love won over five furlongs in late May of his two-year-old season, earned his first piece of blacktype when runner-up to Slade Power in the Listed Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock, and his first blacktype success at the age of five. That was a neck defeat of Toormore in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs at Goodwood.
His overall tally was just five wins and 14 places from 51 starts, the latter included second in the Group 3 Abernant Stakes, third in the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes and third in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes, and Timeform rated him 118.
Es Que Love stands alongside his sire at Rathasker Stud, he covered 68 mares in his first season, and represents a prolific blacktype family. His dam, Es Que (by Inchinor), got her only win in France as a three-year-old and her progeny also include the Grade 1 Hong Kong Vase winner Dominant (by Cacique) and stakes-placed Zhui Feng (by Invincible Spirit).
His grandam Bellona (by Bering), who won the Listed Prix Rose de Mai and was third in the Group 3 Prix Penelope, is also the grandam of the listed scorer Glorious Sinndar (by Sinndar), and his third dam is the Group 3 Prix de Royaumont winner Bellarida (by Bellypha), a mare whose progeny also include pattern-placed stakes winner Bayourida (by Slew O' Gold) and Group 3 Prix de Flore scorer In Clover (by Inchinor).
The latter, who is closely related to Es Que, is the dam of the listed race winning full-sisters Dream Clover (by Oasis Dream) and Incahoots, but is better known as being the dam of the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera heroine We Are (by Dansili). That high-class filly has a similar pedigree to that of Es Que Love as they are both by sons of Danehill and have dams that are closely related.
Also of note under the third generation of the family is Noyelles (by Docksider) as that half-sister to Bellona and In Clover is the dam of the Group 3 Chartwells Fillies' Stakes winner and Group 1 Matron Stakes runner-up Lily's Angel (by Dark Angel) and of the Group 2-placed stakes winner Zurigha (by Cape Cross).
Es Que Love looks likely to get his best results in the six to 10-furlong range, mostly with three-year-olds and older horses. Some will win at two, of course, but he won just one from nine at that age, he improved with age, and the aptitude of his juveniles will likely depend on what the mare contributes.
ES QUE LOVE (IRE) – br.2009 – Clodovil – Es Que, 5 wins inc Lennox Stakes (Gr2), 2nd Abernant Stakes (Gr3), Sandy Lane Stakes (L), 3rd Duke of York Stakes (Gr2), Hackwood Stakes (Gr3). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – Ajig Dancer (by Niniski) Goffs Nov €28,000
bc – Anamundi (by Rock of Gibraltar) Goffs Nov €5,000
bc – Beguiler (by Refuse To Bend) Goffs Nov €21,000
chc – Dubai Pearl (by Refuse To Bend) Goffs Nov withdrawn
chc – Duckmore Bay (by Titus Livius) Tattersalls IRE Nov €10,000
bc – Itzakindamagic (by Indian Haven) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Kathy Sun (by Intikhab) Tattersalls IRE Nov €16,000
bc – Larghetto (by Giant's Causeway) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Matadora (by Kris) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Off Stage (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs Nov €11,500
bf – Purple Vision (by Rainbow Quest) Tattersalls IRE Nov €2,000
chc – Sakal (by Exceed And Excel) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Theother Haaf (by Alhaarth) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Vexatious (by Shamardal) Tattersalls Nov 4,000gns
bc – Welsh Diva (by Selkirk) Tattersalls Nov 11,000gns
chc – Windsor Queen (by Windsor Knot) Goffs Nov not sold
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