The late, great sire Monsun, a German-bred and -based genetic anomaly who died last September at age 22, leads all sires with G1 winners to date in 2013. They are Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (12F) and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (12F) winner Novellist, Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate (20F), Prix Saint-Alary heroine (10F) Silasol, and Prix d’Ispahan (9F, 55yds) winner Maxios. Additionally, he’s the sire of two other pattern winners in G3 Prix d’Hedouville (12F) winner Pirika and G2 Prix Eugene Adam winner (10F) Triple Threat.
Note that the owners and breeders of these Monsuns comprise some of the great international names of the sport: Shadai, Aga Khan, Queen Elizabeth II, Wertheimer brothers, Niarchos family, Team Valor’s Barry Irwin, and Dr. Christoph Berglar, former CEO of the German Jockey Club and owner of Stonereath Stud in Paris, Ky.
Stamina, obviously, is a major component of the Monsun influence (and German bloodlines in general), particularly up to 12F on European turf, but more than capable with help from the bottom side to get the 20F (that’s two and a half miles) of the Gold Cup as Estimate proved in a popular victory for Queen Elizabeth.
Below are some of these Monsuns. Look for them in the straight when they do their best running late:
Novellist in the King George
Estimate in the Gold Cup
Maxios in the Ispahan
Silasol in the Saint-Alary
Triple Threat in the Eugene Adam