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Literato Champion stakes

Literato (grey) defeats Eagle Mountain in the 2007 Champion Stakes

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Champion Stakes hero Literato sires first winner

LITERATO, who claimed the scalps of Eagle Mountain, Speciosa and Notnowcato in the 2007 Champion Stakes, drew first blood in the French first-season sires' championship on Sunday when Literalia - his first runner - scored at La Teste Buch.

The filly narrowly denied Show Gorb (by Caradak) to take the 5f event for trainer Xavier Thomas Demeaulte and owner Prime Equestrian. She is one of 34 two-year-olds from the first crop of her sire, who stands at Haras de la Reboursiere et de Montaigu in Normany for €4,000.

Literato won eight of 11 starts for Jean-Claude Rouget including a pair of Listed races as a two-year-old and the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at three. That victory set him up for a crack at the Champion Stakes and the grey obliged by a head under Christophe Lemaire with a host of Group 1 winners in behind.

Sold to Godolphin following that success, Literato failed to fire in two further outings and was retired to his birthplace Reboursiere et de Montaigu, where he replaced his late sire Kendor.

Purchased for €70,000 by her owner at last year's Arqana August Sale, Literalia is the third winner out of minor French scorer Djayapura. The daughter of Fabulous Dancer previously clicked with Kendor to produce 2004 Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte winner Centifolia while her first foal, Urgence, also bred 5f Listed winner Doriana to the stallion.




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