Noverre, sire of Sunday’s Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club winner Le Havre at Chantilly, is at stud in India. The ex-Darley stallion was sold in 2008 to Sultan Singh’s Sohna Stud Farm, located in the region of New Delhi. A son of Rahy from Danseur Fabuleux, by Northern Dancer, Noverre is a three-parts brother to Arazi. Their dam produced Arazi to the cover of Blushing Groom and Noverre by Blushing Groom’s son Rahy.
Noverre, now 11, won the Group 2 Champagne Stakes and Group 3 July Stakes at 2, wintered in Dubai and was second to Street Cry in the UAE Guineas in early 2001 before launching a European campaign that saw him finish first past the line in the French 2000 Guineas equivalent. He was subsequently disqualified from the race after testing positive for a prohibited substance. Later that year he won the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. At 4, the colt was placed in five Group 1 events. He entered stud in 2003 for Darley at Kildangan Stud in Ireland. He also shuttled to Australia.
It is the second year in a row that the sire of the French Derby winner finds himself at stud in another country outside the major European centers. Ex-French sire Chichicastenango, sire of last year’s winner, Vision d’Etat, is now at stud at Shadai in Japan. Additionally, the ex-French stallion Divine Light, a Japanese-bred son of Sunday Silence who was represented last year by the English 1000 Guineas winner Natagora, is now at stud in Turkey.