Haras de Montaigu

Ottoman Fleet Registers Second Earl Of Sefton Success On European Return

Godolphin's Ottoman Fleet (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}--Innevera {Fr}, by Motivator {GB}) had won one of five overseas starts since annexing last term's G3 bet365 Earl Of Sefton S. at Newmarket and made a winning European return with back-to-back victories in Wednesday's latest renewal of the nine-furlong test. The gelded 5-year-old backed up last term's success with a win in Belmont's GII Fort Marcy S. before hitting the board in June's GI Manhattan S. back in New York. He then returned off a sabbatical to place in Meydan's G2 Al...

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First Foals by Thunder Moon Arrive

The first reported Thunder Moon (Ire) foal was born at Haras de Montaigu during Stallion Route weekend with three additional fillies making an appearance during the last week, announced standing stud Haras de Bouquetot via press release on Sunday. The first, a colt out of Eterea (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr})--herself a winning half-sister to multiple Group-placed Munsef (GB) (Zafonic) and Italian stakes runner Danzaya (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB})--hailing from the extended family of multiple Group 1-placed Hamish McGonagall (GB) (Namid {GB}), brought praise from Haras de Montaigu's Erwan de Chambord. "We...

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No Risk At All Increased to €20,000 As Haras De Montaigu Releases 2024 Roster

Star jumps sire No Risk At All (Fr) will cover a limited book at Haras de Montaigu in 2024, the stud announced on Thursday. His €20,000 live foal fee, an increase of €2,000 from 2023, leads the five-strong roster. Standing alongside the perennially successful sire are Beaumec De Houelle (Fr) and Flintshire (GB), each at €6,000. The latter is available to mares under both codes. Group Flat sire Dabirsim (Fr), whose Horizon Dore (Fr) ran third in the G1 Champion S., and  Dschingis Secret (13) will both command €4,000. The...

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NH Sire No Risk At All Taken Out of Service For 2023

Leading National Hunt sire No Risk At All (Fr) (My Risk {Fr}) will miss the remainder of the 2023 covering season after suffering an accident in a paddock at Haras de Montaigu in France. According to the farm, the 16-year-old stallion, whose produce include G1 Aintree Hurdle and two-time G1 Christmas Hurdle winner Epatante, will be on box rest for a month and the farm hopes to have him in full readiness to resume his career in 2024.

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Ciara O'Connor Departs Montaigu

Irish-born Ciara O'Connor will be leaving Haras de Montaigu on Friday after 20 years as a hugely popular and key member of the team at the French farm. "Ciara's charming accent, unwavering smile, and good humour in all circumstances will be greatly missed by all of us at the stud," said Montaigu owner Sybille Gibson. "She knew how to make herself unanimously appreciated by all the members of staff as well as by each of our clients, to whom she always listened attentively and effectively. "With Ciara there is never...

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Erwan De Chambord Joins Haras de Montaigu

Erwan De Chambord has joined Haras de Montaigu in the capacity of commercial development and client relations. He will serve as the point of contact for new sales in addition to advising on breeding and stallion matings. Launching EDC Agency two years ago, De Chambord has also served with Arqana and bloodstock agent Nicolas de Watrigant, in addition to holding the post of assistant under U.S.-based trainer Christophe Clement. Representing Haras de Montaigu at the track, at French sales and international racing venues, De Chambord will work alongside Aliette Forien...

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First Foal for G1SW Technician

Group 1 winner Technician (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}--Arosa, by Sadler's Wells) was represented by his first foal, born at Haras de Cisai Jan. 23. Bred by D&C Bloodstock, the filly is out of Sans Regret (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}). During his career, Technician won five off 11 careers starts, including the G1 Prix Royal-Oak, G2 Prix Chaudenay and G3 Geoffrey Freer S. The 7-year-old stallion currently stands for €3,000 Live Foal at Haras de Montaigu. "She is very correct," said Sybille Gibson at Montaigu. "The stallion added some class to this mare...

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“Everyone Is Welcome,” – Opportunity Knocks On La Route Des Etalons

Is it just me or should France be known as the bloodstock land of opportunity? This is the country that saw Wootton Bassett (GB) and Walk In The Park (Ire) pull themselves up by the bootstraps after entering the stud book at relatively modest sums. There are few serious racing nations that provide as much of a chance for a stallion to flourish than France does. Take Kauto Star (Fr), the greatest staying chaser of the modern era, as an example. He hailed from the largely unheralded Village Star (Fr)...

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Dual Aspect Makes Montaigu a Popular Stop on 'La Route'

France was the forerunner of the stallion trail, its La Route des Etalons having been launched in 2010, catching the rising tide of increasingly sought-after stallions in the country following a spell in the doldrums.  This popular weekend feature of late January was, like almost everything else, interrupted for a few years by Covid restrictions, but there is none of that to worry about now as the two days of touring around some of Normandy's most exquisite stud farms gets underway this Saturday morning.  The bright young things of TDN...

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Technician Has His First Mare In Foal

Haras de Montaigu's new stallion, the Group 1 winner Technician (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), had his first mare scanned in foal on Monday. Sans Regret (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}) was pronounced in foal to the G1 Prix Royal-Oak victor at Haras de Cisai. The winner is owned by D&C Bloodstock, LLP. Technician stands for €3,000 at Haras de Montaigu.

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Flintshire Relocates To France

Flintshire (GB) (Dansili {GB}), the globetrotting five-time Group 1 winner, has relocated to Haras de Montaigu in France for 2022 after standing five seasons at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Kentucky. He will stand for €6,500. Racing as a homebred for Juddmonte Farms, Flintshire spent the bulk of his racing career in France with Andre Fabre, for whom he won the G1 Grand Prix de Paris, G1 Hong Kong Vase and GI Sword Dancer S., while also picking up placings in the G1 Coronation Cup (twice), G1 Prix de l'Arc...

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Haras De Montaigu Reveals 2022 Fees

Haras de Montaigu will stand five stallions in 2022, for which the fees were revealed on Wednesday. Montaigu announced earlier this week that the 2019 G1 Prix Royal-Oak winner Technician (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) would join its roster for his debut season, and the former Team Valor International runner will stand for €3,000. The G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin scorer Dschingis Secret (Ger) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) moves to Montaigu after three seasons at Haras de Saint Arnoult, and he will stand for €4,000 with a special rate for National Hunt mares....

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