Sons of the great German stallion Monsun (by Konigsstuhl) have become very popular in National Hunt circles and so when Ocovango did not become a Group 1 star, retiring instead as a Group 1-placed Group 2 scorer, it was almost inevitable that his new home would be as a sire of future hurdlers and chasers.
The Beeches Stud resident covered 310 mares in his first season, and although it is possible that a handful of his early offspring will run on the flat, it is likely that we will not start seeing many of them in action at least until the juvenile hurdles, bumpers and point-to-points of 2019/20.
His first foals made up to €23,000.
He is out of Crystal Maze (by Gone West), who is a half-sister to two blacktype horses and out of the Group 1 Fillies' Mile scorer Crystal Music (by Nureyev). She was fourth (no blacktype) in the 1000 Guineas, chased home Imagine in the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas and was also runner-up to Banks Hill in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes.
Her blacktype siblings include Group 1 Irish Derby third Tchaikovsky (by Sadler's Wells) and the Group 2-placed pattern scorer Dubai Success (by Sadler's Wells).
Their dam, Crystal Spray (by Beldale Flutter) was a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Crystal Hearted (by Broken Hearted), and if you go back farther then you will find the brilliant Royal Palace (by Ballymoss), among others of note.
OCOVANGO (GB) – br.2010 – Monsun – Crystal Maze, 3 wins inc Prix Greffulhe (Gr2), Prix Francois Mathet (L), 3rd Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1), Prix Niel (Gr2), La Coupe (Gr3). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
bg - A Long Way (by Gamut) Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
bg - Ballybrowney Hall (by Saddlers' Hall) Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
bf - Basic Light (by Rudimentary) Goffs Feb not sold
chc - Cregg So (by Moscow Society) Tattersalls IRE Jan €5,800
bc - Dakota Fire (by Beneficial) Goffs Feb €9,500
bc - Five Trix (by Minster Son) Tattersalls IRE Jan not sold
bf - Foxyfirth (by Flemensfirth) Tattersalls IRE Jan not sold
bc - Girl From De North (by Flemensfirth) Goffs Feb €11,000
bf - Gudnis Gracious Me (by Mull Of Kintyre) Goffs Feb €1,000
bg - Iruna Iris (by Golden Tornado) Tattersalls IRE Nov €8,500
bc - Keith's Delight (by Saffron Walden) Tattersalls IRE Jan €6,000
bc - Kilbarry Flame (by Flemensfirth) Tattersalls IRE Jan €4,000
bc - Killashee Lady (by Flemensfirth) Tattersalls IRE Jan not sold
bf - Lady Petit (by Beneficial) Tattersalls IRE Jan €10,000
chg - Majella (by Fourstars Allstar) Tattersalls IRE Nov €4,600
bc - Miss Your Top (by Luso) Tattersalls IRE Jan €4,500
chc - Moylisha Red (by Oscar) Goffs Feb €7,500 (p/s)
brc - Nouveau Moulin (by Millenary) Goffs Feb not sold
chc - Outlaw Princess (by Beneficial) Tattersalls IRE Jan €12,000
bc - Poppyvillaexpress (by Old Vic) Goffs Feb not sold
bc - Poshly Presented (by Presenting) Goffs Feb withdrawn
brf - Roaming (by Be My Native) Goffs UK Jan not sold
bc - Send To War (by Sendawar) Tattersalls IRE Jan €5,000
bc - Tabita (by Alzao) Tattersalls IRE Jan €1,500
brc - The Last Bank (by Phardante) Tattersalls IRE Jan not sold
bc - The Millers Tale (by Rashar) Tattersalls IRE Jan €6,500
bg - Tonaphuca Girl (by Saddlers' Hall) Tattersalls IRE Nov €10,000
bf - Trendy Attire (by Luso) Tattersalls IRE Jan €3,000
bg - Tropical Moment (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls IRE Nov €6,000
bc - Venusorserena (by Presenting) Tattersalls IRE Jan €12,000
bc - Westerner Brook (by Westerner) Goffs Feb withdrawn
bc - Youngvicky (by Old Vic) Tattersalls IRE Jan withdrawn
bc - Youngvicky (by Old Vic) Goffs Dec €4,000
chc - Zebs Little Sister (by Oscar) Tattersalls IRE Jan €10,500
A dual Group 1 star by the sire of successful stallions Manduro, Samum and Shirocco, Gestut Fahrhof-based Maxios is a half-brother to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe star Bago (by Nashwan), a five-times Group 1 scorer who was a champion at two and three years of age.
Their half-sister Beta (by Selkirk), in contrast, was a pattern-placed stakes-winning sprinter, and as you examine the first few generations of the pedigree it is speed and talent at around a mile that appears most frequently.
His dam, Moonlight's Box (by Nureyev), did not race, but as a daughter of 1993's French juvenile filly champion Coup De Genie by Mr Prospector) it was always likely that she would be a success at stud.
Her siblings include the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac and juvenile filly champion Denebola (by Storm Cat), multiple Grade 3 scorer Snake Mountain (by A.P. Indy), Group 1-placed Group 3 Prix de Cabourg winner Loving Kindness (by Seattle Slew), and also Glia (by A.P. Indy), a Grade 2-placed dual stakes winner whose grand-daughter Emollient (by Empire Maker) is a four-times Grade 1 star in the USA.
Coup De Genie was out of the Group 1-placed Group 3 Prix d'Aumale winner Coup De Folie (by Halo), one of those remarkable mares that have produced at least three winners at the highest level, and that made her a full-sister to Machiavellian, half-sister to Exit To Nowhere (by Irish River) and also the siblings of several others of note.
Exit To Nowhere won the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois and enjoyed some success at stud, classic-placed Hydro Calido (by Nureyev) won the Group 2 Prix d'Astarte, Group 1-placed Ocean Of Wisdom (by Mr Prospector) won the Group 3 Prix la Rochette, and, of course, classic-placed Group 1 star and juvenile champion Machiavellian became a hugely influential stallion.
Group 1 winner and French juvenile champion Way Of Light (by Woodman), and the Group/Grade 2 scorers Admiralofthefleet (by Danehill), Calgary Cat (by Cowtown Cat) and Waltzing Matilda (by Danehill Dancer) are others of note who descend from Coup De Folie.
There is more than enough in just three first three generation of the pedigree to show why Maxios has a pedigree befitting both a top-class racehorse and a successful stallion, and yet there are many more major players to be found if you go back a bit farther.
His fourth dam is Raise The Standard (by Hoist The Flag), which makes Coup De Folie a half-sister to the dam of Group 1 scorer and prolific Group/Grade 1 sire Orpen (by Lure), and the fifth dam is Natalma (by Native Dancer), half-sister to the dams of Arctic Tern (by Sea Bird II) and Halo (by Hail To Reason), and dam of the dynasty-making Grade 1 Kentucky Derby hero Northern Dancer (by Nearctic).
Natalma's descendants also include another Group 1 star and dynasty-maker: Danehill (by Danzig) – and both she and her talented dam Almahmoud (by Mahmoud) appear in the direct lineage of many top horses around the world. And as Coup De Folie was by Halo, she was inbred 3x3 to Almahmoud.
As a dual Group 1 winner from this most famous of families, it will be fascinating to see how Maxios does as a stallion and it would be no surprise to see him become a leading sire in Germany.
MAXIOS (GB) – b.2008 – Monsun – Moonlight's Box, 8 wins inc Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Gr1), Prix d'Ispahan (Gr1), Prix d'Harcourt (Gr2), La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (Gr3), Prix Thomas Bryon (Gr3), 2nd Prix Ganay (Gr1), Grand Prix de Chantilly (Gr2). Sire in Germany. First foals in 2015.
YEARLINGS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – Adela (by Tannenkonig) Baden-Baden Sept €34,000
bc – Another Name (by Giant's Causeway) Goffs UK Aug (p/s) £42,000
bc - Antique Rose (by Desert King) Arqana Oct €12,000
brc – Artica (by Pentire) Baden-Baden Sept €50,000
bc – Bernsteinkuste (by Bernstein) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Blue Fern (by Woodman) Arqana Oct (p/s) €14,000
bf - Castilla (by Spectrum) Baden-Baden Oct €30,000
bf – Champaka (by Caerleon) Tattersalls Oct 125,000gns
bf - Danila (by Silvano) Baden-Baden Oct €22,000
bf - Deinum (by Sholokhov) Arqana Nov €20,000
bc – Enjoy The Life (by Medicean) Baden-Baden Sept €49,000
bc – Fair Breeze (by Silvano) Baden-Baden Sept €70,000
brc – Firedance (by Lomitas) Tattersalls Oct 45,000gns
bf - Hecate (by Act One) Arqana Nov €8,500
bc – I'm Sensational (by Selkirk) Goffs Feb (p/s) €10,000
bc – I'm Sensational (by Selkirk) Tattersalls IRE Sept €30,000
bf - Indikova (by Bushranger) Baden-Baden Oct not sold
rof – Josephine Blanche (by Tannenkonig) Baden-Baden Sept €30,000
bc - Juvena (by Platini) Baden-Baden Oct not sold
bc – Kastila (by Sternkoenig) Baden-Baden Sept €70,000
bc – La Reine Noir (by Rainbow Quest) Baden-Baden Sept €80,000
bf – La Violetta (by Big Shuffle) Baden-Baden Sept not sold
bf - La Violetta (by Big Shuffle) Baden-Baden Oct €4,000
bf – Lady Lips (by Zinaad) Baden-Baden Sept €10,000
bf – Legal Lyric (by Lawman) Goffs Oct €25,000
bf - Limeira (by Bertolini) Baden-Baden Oct €12,000
bc – Linara (by Windwurf) Baden-Baden Sept €40,000
bc - Linara (by Windwurf) Baden-Baden Oct €30,000
bc – Luna Rosa (by Marju) Tattersalls Oct 80,000gns
bf – Ma Coeur (by Sholokhov) Baden-Baden Sept €130,000
bc – Macuna (by Acatenango) Baden-Baden Sept €28,000
brc – Madonna (by Lando) Baden-Baden Sept €22,000
bc – Magma (by Dubai Destination) Tattersalls Oct (p/s) 60,000gns
grc – Making Hay (by Dr Fong) Baden-Baden Sept withdrawn
grc - Making Hay (by Dr Fong) Baden-Baden Oct not sold
bc – Margarita (by Lomitas) Baden-Baden Sept €20,000
bc – Mimalia (by Silver Hawk) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc – Moonavvara (by Sadler's Wells) Tattersalls Oct 20,000gns
bf – Novita (by American Post) Goffs Feb €4,200
bc - Olive Danon (by Dylan Thomas) Arqana Oct not sold
bf – Paragua (by Nayef) Baden-Baden Sept not sold
bf - Paramita (by Galileo) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
brf – Polish Belle (by Polish Precedent) Tattersalls Oct 32,000gns
bc - Relight's Best (by Grand Lodge) Arqana Oct €70,000
bf – Sabi Sabi (by Orpen) Arqana Aug (p/s) €30,000
bf – Salontasche (by Dashing Blade) Baden-Baden Sept withdrawn
bf - Sarabia (by One Cool Cat) Baden-Baden Oct €13,000
bc – Secrets (by Anabaa) Goffs Oct €45,000
bf – Shiramiyna (by Invincible Spirit) Baden-Baden Sept withdrawn
bf - Shiramiyna (by Invincible Spirit) Baden-Baden Oct not sold
bc – Solar Midnight (by Lemon Drop Kid) Goffs Oct €60,000
bc – Souvenance (by Hernando) Goffs Oct €25,000
bf – Tosca (by Amadeus Wolf) Arqana Aug (p/s) €45,000
bf - Tosca (by Amadeus Wolf) Baden-Baden Oct €40,000
brc – Waldtraut (by Oasis Dream) Baden-Baden Sept €240,000
brc – Wildfahrte (by Mark Of Esteem) Baden-Baden Sept €220,000
bc – Zavaala (by Rock of Gibraltar) Baden-Baden Sept €38,000
Winner of a mile newcomers' race on soft ground at Saint-Cloud on his only start as a juvenile, Masterstroke went on to become an Arc-placed Group 2 scorer. He is by the sire of the Group 1-winning successful sires Manduro, Samum and Shirocco, he stands for just €3,000 at Haras du Logis, in France, and with the distaff line he represents, there would be no surprise at all if can come up with one or more Group 1 performers.
His siblings include the Group 3 scorer Moonlight Magic (by Cape Cross), his dam is the dual Oaks-placed stakes winner Melikah (by Lammtarra), and she is among the string of notable winners out of the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Urban Sea (by Miswaki), one of the greatest broodmares of all time.
Her brilliant sons Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) and Sea The Stars (by Cape Cross) are outstanding stallions, her dual Group 1 scorer Black Sam Bellamy (by Sadler's Wells) has sired pattern winners, and her top daughter, My Typhoon (by Giant's Causeway), was a Grade 1 winner in the USA.
Group 3 scorer Urban Ocean (by Bering) has sired winners from limited opportunities, classic-placed stakes winner Born To Sea (by Invincible Spirit) is a successful freshman sire in 2016, her classic-placed pattern-winning daughter All Too Beautiful (by Sadler's Wells) is the dam of dual Oaks-placed stakes winner Wonder Of Wonders (by Kingmambo), and her pattern-placed filly Cherry Hinton (by Green Desert) is responsible for Group 1 Irish Oaks heroine Bracelet (by Montjeu).
And, as those late-night infomercials say, that's not all!
Urban Sea's classic-winning half-brother King's Best (by Kingmambo) is the sire of Derby and Arc hero Workforce, among many other notable performers, and those who are out of or descend from her half-sisters include the Group 1-sires Tertullian (by Miswaki), Anabaa Blue (by Anabaa) and Tamayuz (by Nayef), the latter pair having been Group 1 winners on the track too.
There are many other talented horses to be found in just these first few generations of the pedigree, including classic-placed Group 2 Greenlands Stakes winner Mustajeeb (by Nayef), who has completed his first season at Overbury Stud.
Masterstroke's pedigree and race record will also attract the attention of those in the National Hunt sector, but there is every reason to hope that he can get good flat horses too, including one or more who can perform with credit at the highest level.
MASTERSTROKE (USA) – b.2009 – Monsun – Melikah, 4 wins inc Grand Prix de Deauville (Gr2), Prix Frederic de Lagrange (L), 2nd Prix Hocquart (Gr2), Prix du Lys (Gr3), 3rd Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Gr1). Sire in France. First foals in 2015.
YEARLINGS CATALOGUED (updated)
bf - Aline (by Tiger Hill) Arqana Oct €11,000
bf – Alkeste (by Nebos) Baden-Baden Sept €26,000
bf - Be In Motion (by Motivator) Arqana Nov withdrawn
chf - Bealli (by Bering) Arqana Nov withdrawn
bc - Best Tune (by King's Best) Baden-Baden Oct €15,000
bf - Bird Of Honour (by Mark Of Esteem) Osarus Nov not sold
chf - Chi Chi De Boitron (by Chichicastenango) Arqana Nov not sold
bf – Denissa (by Second Set) Baden-Baden Sept €15,000
bf – Fleur Enchantee (by Marchand De Sable) Osarus Sept not sold
bc – Intschu Tschuna (by Lando) Baden-Baden Sept not sold
bc - Jookhasi (by Kahyasi) Arqana Nov (p/s) €14,000
bc – Lilac Moon (by Dr Fong) Baden-Baden Sept €17,000
bf - Makarie (by Redback) Arqana Nov €3,000
bc - My Fair Lady (by Poliglote) Arqana Nov €7,500
bc - Shawnee's Best (by King's Best) Osarus Nov €5,000
bf - Tekoa (by Zieten) Arqana Nov withdrawn
bf - Wonderful Life (by Tiger Hill) Arqana Oct not sold
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