Coolmore Stud, where Sadler’s Wells launched his career to greatness, is now home to two of the best sires in Europe, coincidentally two sons of Sadler’s Wells, Montjeu and Galileo. Both are multiple Derby winners and sires of Derby winners and multiple classic winners. One of them, Montjeu, also has had success in the Southern Hemisphere, where he covered for four seasons at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand. The results were amazing, with two consecutive winners of the Group 1 AJC Australian Derby at Randwick, Nom du Jeu in 2008 and Roman Emperor in 2009. In fact, Roman Emperor had to defeat into second another son of Montjeu, Harris Tweed, to win the race, and it’s notable that five of the 16 runners last year were sons of the Coolmore sensation.
Today another Coolmore sire and son of Sadler’s Wells bettered Montjeu’s mark from last year. Also standing the SH season at Windsor Park, the Derby winner High Chaparral—he, like Montjeu and Galileo, won the Irish Derby—was represented by the first three home in the AJC Australian Derby, winner Shoot Out, second-place Descarado, and third-place Monaco Consul. And being very much a member of this sire line, which has a penchant for Derbys and staying races, High Chaparral’s Monaco Consul also previously won the Group 1 Victoria Derby at Flemington, and his son So You Think won the Group 1 WS Cox Plate.
High Chaparral raced for Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor and fits the profile of Galileo and Montjeu – both multiple Derby winners, too. As I said, all three won the Irish Derby, but Galileo also won at Epsom, while Montjeu also accounted for the French Derby at Chantilly. High Chaparral is known well in the US, too, as a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, which he won at 3 and 4, in 2002 and 2003. He went to stud in 2004, and his first crop arrived in 2005. His fee at Coolmore was €10,000 in 2009 and €15,000 this year—a relative bargain compared to the fees of Galileo and Montjeu. To be a full-fledged member of their club, though, he’ll need to replicate his Derby successes in the SH in Europe. I bet he will.