The earliest stallion sons of Shamardal (by Giant's Causeway) with runners include Lope De Vega and Casamento and their early success augurs well for the prospects of those in earlier stages of their second career. Haras de Saint Arnoult's Sommerabend is among them and he covered 71 mares in his first season.
The high-class miler was prolific, his blacktype wins featured the Group 2 Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud and the Group 2 Grosse Europa Meile at Munich, and Timeform rated him 120 at the age of seven.
His dam, Sommernacht (by Monsun), was runner-up in the Group 3 Premio Primi Passi over six furlongs at San Siro as a juvenile, but his siblings include the 11-furlong Group 3 scorer Sommertag (by Tiger Hill), 10-furlong listed race winner Sinnerman (by Tiger Hill), and the stakes-placed middle-distance filly Sommerflora (by Pivotal).
His grandam, Shona (by Windwurf), was a stakes winner in Germany and her descendants also include the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin scorer Sirius (by Dashing Blade), whose best performance in 2016 was when runner-up to Ito in the Group 2 Gerling-Preis, also over 12 furlongs.
SOMMERABEND (GB) - b.2007 - Shamardal - Sommernacht, 12 wins inc Prix du Muguet (Gr2), Grosse Europa Meile (Gr2), Prix de la Porte Maillot (Gr3), Prix Edmond Blanc (Gr3), Prix Luthier (L), Prix Jacques de Bremond (L), Grand Prix Anjou-Bretagne (L), 2nd Prix du Palais-Royal (Gr3), Prix Perth (Gr3-twice), 3rd Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Gr2), Prix du Pin (Gr3-twice). Sire in France. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bf - Anasy (by Gone West) Arqana Dec not sold
bc - Calle A Venise (by Invincible Spirit) Arqana Dec €15,000
bc - Cruise Dancer (by Ishiguru) Arqana Dec not sold
bf - Estella (by Acatenango) Arqana Dec €20,000
bc - Fedora (by Cape Cross) Arqana Dec €6,000
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