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Danzig-Country Belle
Darley's three-parts brother to Anabaa was a quick and precocious two-year-old, winning his first two starts including the Gimcrack Stakes. He also ran fourth in the Middle Park Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes.
Although his first Australian crop produced only one winner, it was the Listed-placed Phenomenal Lass, whose exploits earned her nearly A$200,000.
Yearlings from Country Reel's 50-strong first northern hemisphere crop sold for up to €90,000 to buyers such as John Ferguson, BBA Germany and David Redvers. To date, his first northern hemisphere crop has produced one winner from six runners.
Stud: Haras du Logis
2009 fee: €4,500
No. of first-crop foals: 50


GOVERNOR BROWN

Kingmambo-Miss Mistletoes
Despite only racing in Europe for a single season, $310,000 yearling purchase Governor Brown made a notable impact due to a win in the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes and a third place to Dalakhani in the Criterium International.
Unfortunately, that was the last European racegoers saw of the flashy son of Kingmambo as he resumed his career in the US where he landed an allowance race at Saratoga as a four-year-old.
Governor Brown's first season at Hyde Park Stud resulted in 27 foals including a colt out of Glittering Image, who was sold for £16,000 to Andrew Balding. He was represented by his first winner, Samsam at Madrid, ten days ago.
Stud: Hyde Park Stud
2009 fee:€3,500
First-crop foals: 27


LEPORELLO

Danehill-Why So Silent

This son of Danehill has come close to getting off the mark courtesy of the Walter Swinburn-trained Bella Swan, who has run placed on both her starts for her breeder Peter Harris, also the owner-breeder of Leporello.
Unracedat two, Leporello wasted little time in developing into a smart performer, taking all bar one of his seven starts as a three-year-old.
Leporello never won again but he remained competitive at stakes level over the next two years before retiring to stand at Scarvagh House Stud for £2,000. He was transferred to Haras de Chartreux in 2008.
Leporello is represented by just 16 known foals of racing age and Bella Rose is one of six by the sire in training with Swinburn.
Stud: Haras des Chartreux
2009 fee: €2,500
First-crop foals: 16


MESHAHEER
Nureyev-Race The Wild Wind

A brother to King Charlemagne, Meshaheer was one of the more popular first season sires at Arqana last August with yearlings selling for up to €110,000 and €70,000 - a big return on the €3,000 he commanded in 2006.
The son of Nureyev, who captured the July Stakes and ran third in the Prix Morny during his five season career, has just 17 first crop two-year-olds to represent him but they include the dual French winner Paschmina, his only runner to date.
Stud: Haras du Petit Tellier
2009 fee: €4,000
First-crop foals: 17


OSORIO
Surumu - Ocotal
Osorio is represented by only 16 two-year-olds but Newsells Park Stud's early support of the Derby Italiano winner, who died earlier this year, means that the stallion is represented by progeny in several prominent yards.
Mark Johnston has taken charge of Osorios Trail, a colt out of the Group 2-placed Skytrial, while Marco Botti trains three by the stallion including Ambrogina, a filly out of the smart Italian sprinter Oh Bej Oh Bej.
One of the final sons of Surumu to go to stud, Osorio's pedigree and profile suggests that his progeny will benefit from time anddistance. Despite displaying enough class to score at two years, Osorio never won over less than 1m2f and was significantly better as a three-year-old when his Derby Italiano win shot him to the head of the Italian ratings for three-year-olds campaigned over 1m3f to 1m5f.
Deceased
2009 fee: £1,750
First-crop foals: 16


PEARL OF LOVE

Peintre Celebre-Aunt Pearl
Pearl Of Love evidently didn't take long to come to hand as after running hotpot Botanical to half a length on his two-year-old debut at York in May, he broke his maiden at Doncaster by an impressive five lengths.
The Mark Johnston-trained colt turned in a similarly authoritative display next time out to take the Chesham Stakes before landing the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh by nearly four lengths.
Pearl Of Love's winning run came to a halt in the National Stakes, in which he ran third to One Cool Cat, but he went on to prove his place at the highest level with a win in the Gran Criterium.
Unfortunately, injury meant that Pearl Of Love never regained his two-year-old form, and he was retired to Oak Lodge Stud where he attracted 65 mares at a fee of €5,000 during his first and only Irish season - he had to be put down during a shuttle trip to Australia due to a seriouscolic attack .
So far, he has been represented by one winner from seven runners.
Deceased
First-crop foals: 43


PRINCE KIRK
Selkirk-Princess Manila
Prince Kirk got off the mark in good style last week when siring the first two home, Solarea and Capaneca, in a 6f claimer at Compeigne.
The stallion's other French runner, Prince Charm, has been placed on his only start.
Prince Kirk opened his own career in Italy, where he signed off his juvenile year with a Listed win at San Siro. Over the next three seasons, he progressed into a leading 1m-1m2f performer on the continent, netting a win over Six Perfections in the Prix d'Ispahan and running second in the Prix Jean Prat.  
Stud: Haras de Mirande
2009 fee: €1,200
First-crop foals: 39

RUSSIAN BLUE
Danehill-Soviet Artic
Russian Blue was an exceptionally precocious juvenile for Aidan O'Brien, breaking his maiden in March of his two-year-old season.
The son of Danehill went on to take his next two starts including the Marble Hill Stakes before finishing third in three consecutive Group 1 races - the Phoenix Stakes, Prix Morny and National Stakes. All told, he made eight starts as a two-year-old.
Russian Blue failed to show the same form at three and was retired to stand at Haras d'Etreham for €5,000. He was relatively well received at last year's French yearling sales, especially at Arqana in August where his four lots to sell averaged €26,500.
One of his 39 first-crop juveniles, Al Munadel, has already been placed twice from three starts.
Stud: Haras de la Haie Neuve
2009 fee: €3,000
First-crop foals: 38

 

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