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Two new Sunday Silence sons to stand in Europe

THE already burgeoning group of Sunday Silence stallions currently standing at stud in Europe has growneven larger, with bloodstock agent Patrick Barbe importing two more sons of the late, legendary sire to France.

They are Legolas, a four-time winner between 1m and 1m2f whose dam is the Prix de Diane and Prix Vermeille heroine Carling, and Born King, a Group 2-placed maternal grandson of Sun Princess and a half-brother to Japanese Derby winner Fusaichi Concorde.

They have joined Agnes Kamikaze, Great Journey, Millennium Bio, Samson Happy and Rosen Kavalier as sons of Sunday Silence brought to France by Barbe.

Another son of Sunday Silence Barbe imported from Japan to France, Divine Light, sired last year's 1,000 Guineas heroine Natagora in his first European-bred crop. He was transferred to stand at the Turkish Jockey Club last year.

Legolas stands as a dual-purpose sire at Elevage d'Airy in Normandy for an advertised fee of €2,000, while a position for Born King is currently being sought, after a deal to stand him in Italy fell through.

Barbe said: "Legolas begins his stud career this year and he should be very popular with jumps breeders – he's a good size, standing 17.1hh, and his dam was by Garde Royale, who has proved to be a huge influence in the National Hunt sphere.

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Patrick Barbe: brought three sons of Sunday Silence to Europe in '09

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

"Also, few people would know this, but Sunday Silence was  a leading jumps sire in Japan. That was no mean feat, considering he had few runners under that code.

"Born King has his first two-year-olds on the ground in Japan. He was very popular with Japanese breeders and he has a crop of 57 juveniles."

Explaining the recent influx of Japanese stallions to France, Barbe – who in the past oversaw the sale of  stallions such as Hector Protector, Helissio and Dream Well in the opposite direction, from Europe to Japan – said: "Sunday Silence has been dead for four years now, and horses by him with serious stallion potential are becoming a very rare commodity, so now is the best time to try and establish them."

Sunday Silence was the leading sire in Japan for 13 consecutive seasons from 1995 to 2007. Last year Lanwades Stud acquired his first son to stand in the UK, Vita Rosa, and Bridge House Stud in County Westmeath bought Six Sense, his first son to stand in Ireland. Both will cover their first European books this year.

 

 

 

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