This lightly-raced 12-furlong Group 1 scorer is out of a winning half-sister to the classic-placed leading National Hunt sire Oscar (by Sadler's Wells) so it was inevitable that he would not only find a home at a top National Hunt farm, but that he would also prove very popular with breeders in that sector. There are 161 known members of his first crop.
The Beeches Stud resident is a half-brother to Derby runner-up The Great Gatsby (by Sadler's Wells), to the Group 1-placed pair Roman Empress (by Sadler's Wells) and Magritte (by Sadler's Wells), and also to Mount Athos (by Montjeu), the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes and Group 3 Ormonde Stakes winner who finished third to Fiorente in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup in 2013.
In addition to prolific Grade 1 sire Oscar, Imperial Monarch's dam Ionian Sea (by Slip Anchor) is also a half-sister to Blue Stag (by Sadler's Wells), the listed scorer who chased home Quest For Fame in 1990's edition of the Derby at Epsom.
The Sadler's Wells line has had a profound influence on National Hunt racing and breeding, and although this representative of it will have foals and yearlings on offer at the jumps-oriented sales later in the year, and may have the occasional flat runner in the next few seasons, his best sales results are likely to begin at the various store horses auctions in 2018 and 2019.
After that we can expect to see bumper, point-to-point and hurdles winners for him, chasers following when his progeny are a bit older, and it seems likely that he will become a successful blacktype sire within National Hunt circles.
IMPERIAL MONARCH (IRE) – b.2009 – Galileo – Ionian Sea, 3 winc inc Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1), Classic Trial (Gr3). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2015.
YEARLINGS CATALOGUED (updated)
chc – Annabaskey (by Luso) Tattersalls IRE Feb withdrawn
bg - Baby Goose (by Kris Kin) Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
chc – Carnagh Girl (by Saddlers' Hall) Goffs Feb €6,500
chf – Clear Skies Ahead (by Alderbrook) Tattersalls IRE Feb not sold
bc – Country Flora (by Alflora) Tattersalls IRE Feb withdrawn
chg - Credit Box (by Witness Box) Tattersalls IRE Nov €2,000
bc – Deploythetank (by Deploy) Tattersalls IRE Feb €7,500
bc – Dr A Day (by Dr Massini) Tattersalls IRE Feb not sold
bf – Emily's Princess (by Flemensfirth) Goffs Feb (p/s) €1,100
chf – Imperial Performer (by Pierre) Goffs Feb €1,500
bf – Karies Fashion (by Saddlers' Hall) Goffs Feb not sold
bg - Lady Monksfield (by Sonus) Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
bf - Lochannagh (by Shantou) Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
bg - Martinstown Queen (by Saddlers' Hall) Tattersalls IRE Nov €18,500
bc – Mount Radhwa (by Acclamation) Tattersalls IRE Feb €5,000
bf - Nostra (by Limnos) Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
chf – Pamsy Wamsy (by Taipan) Tattersalls IRE Feb €600
chc – River Clyde (by Presenting) Tattersalls IRE Feb €17,000
bc – Sleep By Starlight (by Sleeping Car) Tattersalls IRE Feb withdrawn
bc – Springfield Mary (by Catcher In The Rye) Goffs Feb €7,500
bc – Tuney Tulip (by Taipan) Tattersalls IRE Feb not sold
bg - Tuney Tulip (by Taipan) Tattersalls IRE Nov €4,000
bc – Vocative (by Acatenango) Tattersalls IRE Feb €8,000
bc – Welsh Carousel (by Ragapan) Tattersalls IRE Feb €19,500
Sires of Stallions