Stallion sons of the great German sire Monsun (by Konigsstuhl) are achieving some excellent results in both the flat and National Hunt sectors and Manatee is the latest to take up a berth at stud.
The Darley-bred six-year-old was trained by Andre Fabre, his final start was when finishing fourth to Silverwave in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in July, and his four wins feature the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly and Group 2 Prix du Conseil de Paris.
He begins his new career at Haras de Hoguenot and he looks sure to prove popular.
Manatee is out of the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes winner Galatee (by Galileo), that makes him a half-brother to listed scorer Gaterie (by Dubai Destination) and, more notably, to last year's Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes winner Dartmouth (by Dubawi).
Dartmouth beat Highland Reel by a head that day, was third to that same globetrotting star in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes the following month, and rounded off the season with a one-length second to Erupt in the Grade 1 Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine in October.
Galatee is the better of two winners out of Altana (by Mountain Cat), an unplaced daughter of the Group 2-placed runner and notable broodmare Albertine (by Irish River), whose star son is the French-trained champion Arcangues (by Sagace), the Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan scorer who sprang a record 133/1 shock in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic in 1993.
His half-sister Agathe (by Manila) won the Group 3 Prix de Psyche and was runner-up in the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) before going on to fame at stud where she became the dam of dual US Grade 1 star Artiste Royal (by Danehill), of Group 1-placed Australian stakes winner Annenkov (by Danehill) and, best of all, Aquarelliste (by Danehill).
That champion won the Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks), Group 1 Prix Ganay and Group 1 Prix Vermeille, she chased home Sakhee in the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and was runner-up to Ange Gabriel in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase.
Afrique Bleu Azur (by Sagace), a winning full-sister to Arcangues, also did her bit for the family as she was the dam of Cape Verdi (by Caerleon), the filly who was so impressive when beating subsequent Oaks heroine Shahtoush by five lengths in the Group 1 1000 Guineas that she was sent off favourite for the Group 1 Derby at Epsom. She failed to stay the trip and came home ninth to High-Rise.
MANATEE (GB) – b.2011 – Monsun – Galatee, 4 wins inc Grand Prix de Chantilly (Gr2), Prix du Conseil de Paris (Gr2), 3rd Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (Gr2). Sire in France. First foals in 2018.
Vadamos began his career as a middle-distance horse and was a three-length listed scorer over 12 furlongs at Vichy, but then a crucial decision was made and his profile soared. He dropped back to a mile and a five-length victory in the Group 2 Darley Oettingen-Rennen provided him with his first pattern success.
He kicked off his five-year-old campaign by chasing home Solow over a mile on the polytrack at Chantilly, he finished down the field behind California Chrome in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan, but then bounced back to beat Ervedya by three and a half lengths in the Group 2 Prix du Muguet on turf at Saint-Cloud.
Disappointing on heavy ground behind A Shin Hikari in the Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan next time, he then took the Group 3 Prix Messidor by three lengths, was a half-length runner-up to Ribchester in the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville and beat Spectre to take the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, this year run at Chantilly.
Vadamos then travelled to Australia where he ran twice, finishing fourth behind the brilliant Winx in the Group 1 William Hill Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and then fourth behind Awesome Rock in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington, both over 10 furlongs.
Like fellow new sires Protectionist and Triple Threat, Vadamos is a son of the great German sire Monsun (by Konigsstuhl) and so is by the sire of the multiple Group 1 sires Manduro, Samum and Shirocco.
His stakes-winning dam, Celebre Vadala (by Peintre Celebre), is a half-sister to the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes and Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan star and Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) third Valixir (by Trempolino), and also to Vadaza (by Zafonic).
That stakes-placed winner has made her name at stud as she is the dam of the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary winners Vadawina (by Unfuwain) and Vazira (by Sea The Stars) and also of the dual Group 3 scorer Vadapolina (by Trempolino).
The first named of that trio is the dam of the Group 1-placed middle-distance Group 2 scorer Vadamar (by Dalakhani), while Vadapolina is the dam of Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) runner-up Veda (by Dansili).
Vadlamixa (by Linamix), grandam of Vadamos, is a stakes-winning half-sister to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile hero and classic sire Val Royal (by Royal Academy) and her siblings also include the mare from whom Group 2 scorer and young Irish-based stallion Valirann (by Nayef) and also ill-fated Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) star Valyra (by Azamour) descend.
If you go back to the fourth generation of the family then you will find a branch that leads to the incredibly lucky racehorse Vahorimix (by Linamix) – he was awarded both the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) and Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois in the stewards' room, but good fortune did not follow him to the breeding shed – and also to the Group 1 Irish St Leger heroine Voleuse De Coeurs (by Teofilo).
Vadamos is by a stallion who has several sons that have a few Group/Grade 1 winners already to their names at stud, and he comes from the family of a Grade 1 star who died young but left us a dual Guineas winner. He promises to become a source of high-class milers and middle-distance horses and he looks likely to be a popular addition to the team at Tally-Ho Stud.
VADAMOS (FR) – b.2011 – Monsun – Celebre Vadala, 8 wins inc Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Gr1), Prix du Muguet (Gr2), Oettingen Rennen (Gr2), Prix Messidor (Gr3), Prix Frederic de Lagrange (L), 2nd Prix Jacques le Marois (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
A Group 2 winner in France before going on to become a Grade 1-placed Grade 2 scorer across the Atlantic, Triple Theat has returned to his native land to take up stallion duties at Haras du Mont Goubert, also the new home of the runaway Group 1 winner Morandi.
He is a son of the great German stallion Monsun (by Konigsstuhl) and so is by the sire of notable stallions such as Manduro, Shirocco and Samum as well as established National Hunt sire Network, rising star Getaway, and fellow new recruits Protectionist and Vadamos.
Triple Threat is a half-brother to the Grade 2-placed listed scorer Pina Colada (by Sabrehill) and also to Mrs Marsh (by Marju), the unraced dam of multiple Group 1 star and successful blacktype sire Canford Cliffs (by Tagula).
His grandam is the prolific Triple Tipple (by Raise A Cup), a 10-time scorer who won the Grade 2 Wilshire Handicap and was runner-up in the Grade 1 Gamely Handicap. Her siblings included the Matriarch Stakes heroine Pale Purple (by Verbatim).
His fourth dam was also prolific and she, multiple blacktype winner Amerigos Fancy (by Amerigo), also features in the ancestry of triple Group 1 Melbourne Cup heroine Makybe Diva (by Desert King) and of prolific pattern winner and successful 2016 freshman sire Famous Name (by Dansili), although she is the fifth dam of both those stars.
TRIPLE THREAT (FR) – bl/br.2010 – Monsun – Drei, 5 wins inc Monmouth Stakes (Gr2), Prix Eugene Adam (Gr2), Prix la Force (Gr3), 2nd Prix de Boulogne (L), 3rd Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Gr1), Prix d'Harcourt (Gr2), Prix de Guiche (Gr3). Sire in France. First foals in 2018.
Multi-millionaire and dual Group 1 star Protectionist begins his stallion career at Gestut Rottgen in Germany. He was a Group 2-winning stayer in his native land before winning the Group 1 Melbourne Cup over two miles at Flemington.
An extended stay in Australia did not work out for him so he returned to Europe in 2016 and added two more pattern wins to his tally, notably his two and a half length defeat of Nightflower in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin over 12 furlongs at Hoppegarten in August.
Protectionist is a son of the great German stallion Monsun (by Konigsstuhl) and so is by the sire of the successful sires Manduro, Samum and Shirocco, each of whom have sired several Group/Grade 1 winners on the flat.
His dam is out of the listed scorer Parisienne (by Distant Relative) and what is most striking about her is that she is by the runaway Arc hero Peintre Celebre (by Nureyev) and from the female line that produced that star.
Their common ancestor is the stakes winner Plencia (by Le Haar) whose brilliant daughter Pawneese (by Carvin II) was a half-sister to Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes scorer Petroleuse (by Habitat). The latter is the grandam of Peintre Celebre, while the King George, Oaks and Prix de Diane (French Oaks) heroine Pawneese is the fourth dam of Protectionist.
He was pattern placed from just two starts as a juvenile and is standing in a country that has little two-year-old racing, so it is likely that it will be 2021 before we start to see the best of Protectionist's first crop emerge, when they are three-year-olds tackling middle-distances.
PROTECTIONIST (GER) – b.2010 – Monsun – Patineuse, 8 wins inc Melbourne Cup (Gr1), Grosser Preis von Berlin (Gr1), Prix Kergorlay (Gr2), Hansa Preis (Gr2-twice), Derby Trial (L), 2nd Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmer Rennen (Gr2), Grosser Preis Herzog von Ratibor Rennen (Gr3), Preis von Dahlwitz (L), 3rd Derby-Trial (L). Sire in Germany. First foals in 2018.
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