The quality was evident as 2011 English Derby winner Pour Moi paraded for the gallery this morning, just a week after arriving at Windsor Park Stud in good time for the breeding season.
The surprise, however, was what a tidy sort is the son of champion international stallion and former Windsor Park shuttle Montjeu. Touching the bar at 15.3 hands, he’s also close-coupled and balanced to complete that neat conformation - shades of Northern Dancer, who appears on both sides of his pedigree.
As Windsor Park Stud general manager Steve Till observed, easy to see how he was able to produce such a devastating turn of foot and come from last around Tattenham corner to win the world’s most famous classic.
The other impressive detail was Pour Moi’s relaxed manner, no doubt explaining his fantastic condition after a Coolmore Ireland debut involving some 180 mares. That number is more than originally planned, picking up extras in the wake of Montjeu’s premature death in March.
That he was able to manage the workload also augurs well for Pour Moi’s first southern stint, when he will cover around 120 mares at a fee of $18,000.