Champs Elysees: Juddmonte's first season stallion was named Horse of the Year and champion turf horse in Canada on Friday
named Canadian HOY
JUDDMONTE'S first season stallion Champs Elysees was honoured in Toronto on Friday night when named Horse of the Year and champion turf horse in Canada.
The son of Danehill, a brother to Dansili, Banks Hill, Intercontinental and Cacique, received the accolade in recognition of his win in the Can$2million Canadian International in October.
Although trained in the US by the late Bobby Frankel, Champs Elysees made four starts in Canada during 2009, enough to see him eligible for a Sovereign Award. In addition to winning the Canadian International, he also ran third in the Group 1 NorthernDancer Breeders' Cup Turf Stakes and placed in a pair of Group 2 events.
He becomes the first US-trained Canadian Horse of the Year since Peaks And Valleys in 1995.
Champs Elysees will stand his first season this year at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket at a fee of £10,000.
Lane's End Farm's A P Indy enjoyed a good night as the sire of three Sovereign Award winners in Eye Of The Leopard (three-year-old colt), Marchfield (older male) and Serenading (older female).
Marchfield's owner Eugene Melnyk also walked away with awards for owner and breeder while his Red Ransom mare Pico Teneriffe, thedam of Marchfield, was named Broodmare of the Year.