Outstanding German sire Monsun dies aged 22
EUROPEAN breeders have been dealt a major blow with the death of one of the continent's premier sires, Monsun, on Tuesday.
The son of Konigsstuhl, who suffered from blindness in his later years, was put down at his long-term home of Gestüt Schlenderhan near Cologne in Germany after suffering from a severe neurological disease. He was 22.
Monsun has sired 51 Group winners including 14 who struck at the highest level. Among those were 2007 world champion Manduro, Breeders' Cup Turf hero Shirocco and Stacelita, who won six top-flight races in France and America.
Monsun's influence was felt keenly at Royal Ascot this year, where he sired the Queen's Vase winner Estimate and Tercentenary Stakes scorer Energizer, and featured as damsire of Gold Cup winner Colour Vision.
Estimate is one of three Monsun fillies who make up a third of the field for Thursday's Park Hill Stakes, along with Kailani and Monshak. Shirocco is sire of one of their opponents, Wild Coco.
Monsun is emerging as a major broodmare sire: Colour Vision is among three Group 1 winners out of his daughters, along with this year's leading German three-year-old colt Pastorius and former German horses of the year Night Magic.
Manduro sired a Group 1 winner in his first crop last year in the shape of Mandaean, while Shirocco is the sire of four Group winners plus St Leger runner-up Brown Panther.
The Monsun sire-line is also becoming highly sought after in the jumps sphere. Monsun's son Network is responsible for the exciting Sprinter Sacre and Grade 1 winners Rubi Light and Saint Are.
Coolmore stands a son of Monsun in its jumps division in the shape of Getaway while Darley has Schiaparelli, who stands at Overbury Stud.
Bred by Gestüt Isarland, Monsun was among a vintage crop of German horses foaled in 1990 and he regularly locked horns with his peers Lando and Sternkonig.
Trained by Heinz Jentzsch for Baron Georg von Ullmann, Monsun was beaten by Lando in the Deutsches Derby but went on to win three German Group 1 races over 1m4f.
Read more in Thursday's Racing Post