Sea the Moon (Ger)

Value Sires Part IV: It's All Relative

We're at the top end now when it comes to stallion fees, but there is quite a range to those prices, which for this feature is anything above £/€20,000. There is of course a massive difference, certainly when it comes to value, in a stallion standing at £35,000 and one at £350,000. In fact, we have two at that latter fee, which makes Frankel (GB) and Dubawi (Ire), the champion sires of the last two years in Britain and Ireland, the most expensive stallions in the world. Those two representatives...

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Frankel Waltzes to a Second Sires' Championship 

Frankel (GB) has recaptured the crown he first wore in 2021 and is the champion sire in Britain and Ireland for 2023, as well as being the leading sire in Europe, for the second time. It won't be the last. Whether or not he will be able to emulate the long reigns of his sire Galileo (Ire) and grandsire Sadler's Wells remains to be seen, but it would be unwise to bet against it. Yes, Frankel's launch into his stud career was the stallion equivalent of being born with a...

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Another For Magnier As Coronation Winner Alpine Star Hammers For 6 Million At Goffs

Group 1 winner Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}--Alpha Lupi {Ire}, by Rahy) brought €6 million and was the second seven-figure lot of the day during the Goffs November Breeding Stock sale when selling to MV Magnier. Consigned by Kiltanan Castle Stud for the Niarchos family, lot 1240 is carrying to Frankel (GB). She is a half-sister to the European champion Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), who won four Group 1 races, as well as a full-sister to G1 Moyglare Stud S. winner Discoveries (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}).   ⭐️...

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Lanwades Stud's Sea The Moon Gets Fee Increase After Pair Of Classic Winners

Sea The Moon (Ger) will stand for an increased fee of £32,500 in 2024, Lanwades Stud announced on Wednesday. Previously priced at £25,000, the sire of 31 stakes winners overall enjoyed a great year on the racecourse with his progeny, with seven stakes winners--all at group level--since New Year's Day. Leading the way are German Classic winners Fantastic Moon (Ger) and Muskoka (Ger), who took the G1 Deutsches Derby and G1 Preis der Diana, respectively. The 2014 German Derby winner covered 108 mares this season. Joining him is Study Of...

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Pretty Tiger To Stand As Haras d'Etreham And Haras De Cercy Joint Venture

Multiple group winner Pretty Tiger (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}--Fast And Pretty {Ire}, by Zamindar) will stand as part of a partnership between Haras d'Etreham and Haras de Cercy next year at the former's NH branch, Haras de la Tuilerie, the studs announced on Tuesday. A fee for the G1 Prix Ganay second and G1 Prix d'Ispahan third will be announced later. There are also breeding rights available in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam hero, who was bred by Haras de Chevotel. Also a winner of the G3 Prix Exbury...

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Rouget Pleased With Ace Impact Ahead Of The Arc, As Field Takes Shape

The undefeated G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe favourite Ace Impact (Ire) (Cracksman {GB}) is pleasing trainer Jean-Claude Rouget ahead of the big day on Sunday. He is one of 16 on the radar for the ParisLongchamp showpiece after Sprewell (Ire) (Churchill {Ire})'s defection at the latest forfeit stage on Tuesday. A colourbearer for Gousserie Racing and Ecuries Serge Stempniak, the five-for-five G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero ran out a three-quarter length winner of the G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano when last seen in August. "Why shouldn't I be...

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Sea The Moon's Fantastic Moon Dominates Niel Rivals

Liberty Racing's G1 Deutsches Derby hero Fantastic Moon (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}--Frangipani {Ger}, by Jukebox Jury {Ire}) suffered a reversal following up in Munich's G1 Bayerisches Zuchtrennen last time and bounced back in style to dominate the closing stages of Sunday's G2 Qatar Prix Niel at ParisLongchamp. The Sarah Steinberg trainee tanked forward to stalk the pace in third for the most part and improved into second along the false straight. Coming under pressure soon after turning for home, the 51-10 chance quickened to seize control approaching the final...

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Living the Good Life in Baden-Baden

IFFEZHEIM, Germany--Baden-Baden, so good they named it twice. Okay, so the BBAG sales complex and its neighbouring grand racecourse may be in the small nearby village of Iffezheim but it is Baden-Baden that lends its name to the current stop on the European yearling sales tour, now that Donville is in the rear-view mirror. The caravan rolls on, and it is always wise to stay on for a few days in Baden-Baden if time allows as, whether you're a pedigree purist or you simply enjoy a good day out at...

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Fantastic Moon Marks Return at Baden-Baden

German Derby winner Fantastic Moon (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) is expected to return in Sunday's G1 Grosser Preis von Baden, according to Liberty Racing's Lars-Wilhlem Baumgarten. "He is very well, he worked well on Monday in the morning and he will run in the Grosser Preis von Baden on Sunday. We nominated him today for the race, we supplemented him." In his latest start, the colt finished runner-up behind Nations Pride (Ire) in the July 30 G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis - Bayerisches Zuchtrennen. "We decided against the [Irish] Champion S....

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Seven Days: Succession

Last week this column was led by Hukum (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}). Now, for the same owner/breeder, Shadwell, it is the turn of Al Husn (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). It was quite the boost for Newcastle's all-weather G3 Hoppings Fillies' S. that both the winner Al Husn and runner-up Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) went on to win a Group 1 on the turf on their next start. With Nashwa having won the G1 Falmouth S. in emphatic fashion, she reopposed Al Husn in attempting to defend her crown in the...

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Diana Glory For Sea The Moon's Muskoka

Sunday's G1 165th Henkel-Preis der Diana (German Oaks) at Dusseldorf went the way of Stall Golden Goal's G3 Hamburg Stuten-Meile scorer Muskoka (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}--Morning Mist {Ger}, by Peintre Celebre) as she mastered Kassada (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) in the 11-furlong Classic staged in heavy rain. Stepping up in trip having won at a mile, the Henk Grewe trainee was reserved early in mid division by Lukas Delozier with stamina unproven. Reeling in Kassada in the last 100 metres, the 5-1 shot asserted to score by a...

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Sea The Moon's Fantastic Moon Emulates Sire With Deutsches Derby Triumph

Sea The Moon (Ger) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) powered to a wide-margin triumph underneath Hamburg's stands' side rail in the 2014 G1 Deutsches Derby and his Sarah Steinberg-trained son Fantastic Moon (Ger) ploughed the same furrow to claim a clear-cut success of his own in Sunday's latest renewal of the German highlight. The 31-5 third favourite was positioned well off the pace with just one of his 19 rivals in arrears for the most part. Inching forward on the home turn, he was sent wide into the straight to launch...

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