Last year’s exceptional Epsom Derby winner Pour Moi will be an exciting addition to the stallion roster at Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge for 2012.
In a highclass racing career Pour Moi won three of his five starts culminating in a breathtaking win in The Derby, where he came from last position at Tattenham Corner to pass the entire field and win. In doing so Pour Moi became the first horse to successfully complete the Prix Greffulhe/Epsom Derby race double since the great Sea Bird, Timeform’s highest ever rated racehorse, some 46 years earlier.
Pour Moi’s Derby performance drew superlatives from those who witnessed it as he was still well behind the race leaders approaching the final furlong. However his trademark powerful finish propelled him past subsequent Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach to win the blue riband event.
Following the race Pour Moi’s normally reserved 23-times champion trainer Andre Fabre declared:-
“Pour Moi possesses the most astonishing turn of foot in addition to extraordinary speed. His acceleration is that of a champion”.
Pour Moi commenced racing as a 2YO, winning at Longchamp in the autumn before opening his 3YO classic season with a promising placed performance in the Gr.3 Prix La Force.
He then won the important classic lead-up race, the Gr.2 Prix Greffulhe over 2000m, beating Group winners Bubble Chic, runner up in the Gr.1 French Derby and Vadamar.
In the Prix Greffulhe, Pour Moi came from last position with a sweeping run to win comfortably by 1 ½ lengths, repeating the success of both his champion sire Montjeu (Irish Derby & French Derby) and damsire Darshaan (French Derby) in this race prior to their Classic success.
On the back of his impressive form Pour Moi was aimed at the English Derby, contesting favouritism for the race and ultimately proving superior to his peers when delivering another scintillating last to first performance.
Jockey Mickael Barzalona celebrates Pour Moi’s Derby triumph in spectacular fashion
Windsor Park proprietor Nelson Schick was very impressed with Pour Moi’s classic triumph.
“His Derby effort clinched it for us”, said Schick.
“While his form leading into Epsom was impressive, his performance to win in that company, in that manner, demonstrates a level of talent that is rarely seen”.
On the back of his Derby win Pour Moi was made favourite to win Europe’s championship 2400m event, the Gr.1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
However an untimely injury following the Derby, caused by a severe overreach to his near fore fetlock and forced Pour Moi’s connections to retire him to Coolmore Stud, Ireland.
“It is a real shame the racing public were denied the opportunity to see Pour Moi in action in the Arc given his Derby win provided us all with a glimpse of just how much raw talent he possessed”, noted Nelson Schick.
“And after we inspected him and saw his class and strength we could understand why he was so highly regarded so I am delighted we have been able to secure him for the New Zealand breeding industry”.
Andre Fabre, trainer of champions Hurricane Run, Peintre Celebre and Manduro confirmed:-
"When he won the Gr.2 Prix Greffulhe we saw an amazing turn of foot. We saw it from him again at Epsom in the Derby. Obviously he is among the best I have trained”.
Pour Moi will follow in the footsteps of his recently deceased champion sire Montjeu to take up shuttle sire duties at Windsor Park.
Montjeu, who is widely regarded as Europe’s pre-eminent classic sire, recently sired his 100th stakes winner - 25% of whom were conceived while in residence at the Cambridge based property.
Last year, Montjeu sired eight individual Gr.1 winners alone while his overall tally of 25 Gr.1 winners includes English Derby winners Pour Moi, Authorized and Motivator, Irish Derby winners Fame And Glory, Hurricane Run and Frozen Fire as well as back to back Australian Derby winners Roman Emperor and Nom Du Jeu.
Montjeu’s three English Derby winners places him one ahead of his own legendary sire Sadler’s Wells, who sired consecutive winners High Chaparral and Galileo at the beginning of the new millennium.
Montjeu is also the sire of unbeaten Gr.1 winning 2YO Camelot, current favourite for the 2012 English Derby, while his Gr.2 winning daughter Wading heads the market for this year’s renewal of the English Oaks.
Pour Moi is notably bred on the hugely successful Sadler’s Wells/Darshaan cross responsible for English Derby winner and champion sire High Chaparral who sired champion So You Think, Australian Derby winner Shoot Out, Victoria Derby winner Monaco Consul and Caulfield Cup winner Descarado while in residence at Windsor Park.
Pour Moi is equally regally bred on the female side of his family. A son of the unraced Darshaan mare Gwynn, Pour Moi is a three-quarter brother to the excellent 3YO filly Gagnoa (Sadler’s Wells) who won the Gr.3 Prix Penelope before finishing runner-up to the unbeaten European Horse of the Year Zarkava in the French Oaks.
Gwynn is also the dam of the recent Stakes winning filly Kissed, a 900,000 Guineas yearling whose 2YO sister Sparkle Plenty, made 800,000 Guineas as yearling last year.
Kissed has won her only two starts and is among champion trainer Aidan O’Brien’s leading classic contenders this year - she is currently at 4-1 on the second line of betting for the English Oaks at Epsom in June.
Pour Moi is a great-grandson of the ‘blue hen’ Northern Dancer producer Royal Statute, who numbers among her many Gr.1 winning descendents English Oaks winner Snow Bride, English Derby winner Lammtarra, Champion 2YO Hector Protector, Champion racemare Bosra Sham and Gr.1 Hong Kong Cup winner California Memory.
Pour Moi is a strongly made, classy individual, very much in the mould of his Derby winning great grandsire Northern Dancer.
Pour Moi will shuttle to Windsor Park Stud from Coolmore Stud, Ireland for the 2012 southern hemisphere breeding season where he will offer breeders outstanding value at a service fee of $18,000 plus GST which includes a Live Foal Guarantee.
Brilliant English Derby winner Pour Moi
- joins the stallion roster at Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge for the 2012 breeding season