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
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