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.
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
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
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
bf - Trendy Attire (by Luso) Tattersalls IRE Jan €3,000
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
chc - Zebs Little Sister (by Oscar) Tattersalls IRE Jan €10,500
Sires of Stallions