Haras de Montfort et Preaux

Le Havre Dies Weeks After Being Pensioned

The Prix du Jockey Club winner and Classic sire Le Havre (Ire) has died at the age of 16. The son of Noverre was euthanised at Sumbe's Haras de Montfort et Preaux in Normandy just three weeks after his retirement from stud duties had been announced. Le Havre's owner Gerard Augustin-Normand told TDN at that time, "He has been the most important horse of my life. He was the beginning and it's very emotional for me. I wouldn't have been in the breeding business if he had not been there....

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Prominent French Sire Le Havre Pensioned

Le Havre (Ire) (Noverre), winner of the 2009 G1 Prix du Jockey Club and one of France's leading sires, has been retired at the age of 16 at Sumbe's Haras de Montfort et Préaux in Normandy. He has been hailed as "the most important horse of my life" by his owner Gérard Augustin-Normand. In a statement released on Saturday, Sumbe manager Mathieu Alex said, "Due to health issues which occurred at the end of last year, the decision was made to end his stallion career. We owe him so much...

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Golden Horde to Montfort et Preaux, as Roster Revealed

Group 1 winner Golden Horde (Ire) (Lethal Force {Ire}-Entreat [GB}, by Pivotal {GB}) will stand at Haras de Montfort et Preaux next year. The G1 Commonwealth Cup victor will command €10,000. Trained by Clive Cox, the chestnut also placed in the G1 July Cup and G1 Sprint Cup this term before retiring last month. "He was a very productive 2-year-old who showed immense class from the start," Cox said of his juvenile G2 Richmond S. hero, who also ran third in the G1 Prix Morny and second in the G1...

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John Hammond Appointed Racing Manager for Gerard Augustin-Normand

Trainer John Hammond, who trained G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heros Montjeu (Ire) (Sadler's Wells) and Suave Dancer (Green Dancer), has been appointed racing manager to Gerard Augustin-Normand, Jour de Galop reported on Wednesday. Sylvain Vidal remains an advisor to Augustin-Normand, who raced Le Havre (Ire) (Noverre) and stands him at Haras de Montfort et Preaux. The rest of the staff maintain their current positions. Augustin-Normand told the JDG regarding the appointment, "I always appreciated and followed the work of John Hammond. More recently, I have appreciated his human...

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Le Havre's Vaucelles Swoops For Malleret Success

Gerard Augustin-Normand's twice-raced Vaucelles (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) finished just over six lengths off Tawkeel (GB) (Teofilo {Ire) when fourth on stakes bow in last month's G1 Prix Saint-Alary at Chantilly and took the step forward with a career high in Tuesday's G2 Prix de Malleret at ParisLongchamp. Employing patient tactics racing fourth of five for most of the 12-furlong contest, the May 31 Deauville maiden winner was rousted into action when the sweeping rally of Oriental Mystique (GB) (Kingman {GB}) along the false straight forced all rivals to commit...

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Le Havre Share Brings €300k

A one-fiftieth share in top French sire Le Havre (Ire) (Noverre) brought €300,000 during Wednesday's Arqana Online auction. The winning bid was made by Montfort et Preaux acting as agent. Beginning at 11 a.m. this morning, the auction attracted 10 bids between five different entities, and ended at approximately 6:17 p.m. The sire of dual Classic heroines La Cressonniere (Fr) and Avenir Certain (Fr), Le Havre is credited with 34 black-type winners, 12 at the group level. In addition to his Classic winners, he has also sired fellow Group 1...

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