Sageburg to replace Jeremy at Garryrichard
SAGEBURG, the sire of Willie Mullins' highly touted novice hurdler Allez Colombieres, has been acquired to stand at Garryrichard Stud in County Wexford.
Allez Colombieres was France's leading bumper performer of 2013 and was bought at last year's Arqana Autumn Sale for €300,000. Despite not having made his debut for Mullins, he is rated around a 10-1 chance for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
Sageburg, a ten-year-old son of Johannesburg, takes the place of Jeremy, the sire of Triumph Hurdle winner Our Conor who stood at Garryrichard Stud for the past two seasons but who died in September.
Bred by Jean-Luc Lagardere out of a sister to his Arc winner Sagamix, Sageburg was trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre for the Aga Khan.
His finest hour on the track came with an impressive defeat of Darjina in the Prix d'Ispahan in 2008.
Sageburg was retired to Haras de la Gastine in France and among his first crop of runners was Prix d'Aumale winner Peace Burg, who was bought by Coolmore for 700,000gns at the end of her three-year-old season last year and subsequently finished third in the Falmouth Stakes.
He has also made a fine start with his early jumps progeny. As well as Allez Colombieres, he is the sire of Listed-winning hurdlers Ange D'Amour and Fou Et Sage and the useful Rouge Et Sage.
Garryrichard Stud owner Denis Hickey said: "We are lucky to acquire a horse so similar to Jeremy in every way. Just like him, he has sired Group winners on the Flat and has also produced quality jumps winners.
"In addition to this, Sageburg also comes from a very good family. His dam is a Group 2 winner and sister to an Arc winner Sagamix so he has an ideal mix of speed and stamina.
"Physically, he is a lovely, quality dark bay horse, and he gets all bay or brown foals. He is 16.1 hands, has loads of bone, stands over a lot of ground and has a lovely temperament. He is very relaxed and has settled in here well.
"He is by a top-class sire in Johannesburg, who is turning out to be a good sire of sires. He has two sons, Teuflesberg and Scat Daddy, who have already sired Group 1 winners."
The deal to bring Sageburg to Garryrichard was negotiated jointly by Sean Tiernan of Peak Racehorses Ltd, acting for Hickey, and Bernard Stoffel of Blue Spirit, acting for Sageburg's owner Jean-Pierre Dubois.
"I had seen Sageburg before and loved everything about him, and have come across lots of nice horses by him in France," said Tiernan.
"I had a close association with Jeremy in that I bought Our Conor as a young horse and was devastated by the loss of both horses this year. I suggested Sageburg to Denis and that's how it all came about."