Durban Thunder retired to stand at Peria Stud
GERMAN Group 1 winner Durban Thunder is a new addition to the Irish National Hunt stallion ranks after being purchased for covering duties by Peria Stud in County Waterford.
The seven-year-old son of Samum arrived at his new home yesterday. Peria Stud, owned by Patrick Connell, formerly stood Bandari, who covered a single book of mares before his death in 2008.
Connell said: "Durban Thunder is a nice horse with plenty of size and scope. He was a tough and sound horse and should be very suitable for Irish National Hunt mares."
Deutsches Derby hero Samum - a brother to Overbury Stud stallion Schiaparelli - is by Monsun, whose popularity among jumps breeders has exploded in recent seasons on the back of the exploits of his paternal grandsons Rubi Light, Saint Are and Sprinter Sacre (all by Network) and Pearl Swan (by Gentlewave).
Monsun's sons Aizavoski and Salutino have also been imported from Europe to stand in Ireland for this year, where they will join paternal half-brothers Arcadio, Getaway and September Storm.
"Durban Thunder will be a good outcross for the Sadler's Wells sire line," Connell said. "The Monsun line is very popular at the moment as Network has been so successful. Considering Durban Thunder was a far better racehorse than Network, he should have a lot of appeal."
Durban Thunder was trained by Torsten Mundry to easily win the Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis, in which he beat Famous Name by a length and a half, over 1m2f at Munich in 2011.
He also scored in a Group 3 over 1m3f at Baden-Baden and last year finished second to Germany's outstanding three-year-old colt Pastorius in his bid to win back-to-back renewals of the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis.
Manuela Sohl bred Durban Thunder out of the Listed-placed Highland Chieftain mare Donna Alicia, who hails from the family of Group 1 performers Dschagatai and Spendaccione.
His covering fee is on application.