Montjeu: the Coolmore stallion shuttled to New Zealand until 2004PICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Nom Du Jeu to stand in New Zealand
AUSTRALIAN Derby winner Nom Du Jeu will become one of the first sons of star stallion Montjeu to retire to stud in Australasia, when he begins his stallion career this year at Fairdale Stud near Palmerston North in his native New Zealand.
Nom Du Jeu was bred and raced by Billie Morton, and is out of the Prized mare Prized Gem, winner of the Group 1 Brisbane Cup and Kelt Capital Stakes.
He won the Australian Derby in 2008 and finished placed in Group 1 company a further four times that year, including when finishing second, beaten three quarters of a length behind All The Good, in the Caulfield Cup.
Montjeu shuttled to Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand from 2001 until 2004, the year that his first-crop son Motivator was an impressive winner of the Racing Post Trophy.
Nom Du Jeu will stand at a fee of NZ$6,000 (£2,660, €3,020) and has been syndicated into 50 shares with the Morton family retaining a 50 per cent interest in the horse, Fairdale and Goodwood Studs taking 35 per cent and the remaining shares available for syndication.
Fairdale Stud manager said: "He's an outstanding son of Montjeu. Montjeu is the most expensive stallion in the northern hemisphere right now and he'll never return to New Zealand for stud duties.
"He's the perfect stallion type for New Zealand, especially with the swing towards middle distance horses demonstrated so clearly at the sales this year."