Le Havre (left): gets the better of Fuisse in the Prix du Jockey ClubPICTURE: Mark Cranham
First foal for Cauviniere stallion Le Havre
THE first foal by Le Havre, the Prix du Jockey Club winner of 2009, was born at his stud, the Haras de la Cauviniere in Normandy, on Wednesday night.
The new arrival is a colt foal out of the Dansili mare Dasani, a dual-winning half-sister to Listed scorer Baahama bought by Cauviniere manager Sylvain Vidal for €55,000 at the2009 Arqana December breeding stock sale.
Keen to give Le Havre the best possible chance at stud, Vidal has been a prolific purchaser of fillies and mares at European yearling and breeding stock sales to support the stallion with.
Vidal said: "We are delighted to welcome the first foals by Le Havre. The colt born last night is very attractive, with plenty of size and scope; his lovely head and nice colour reminds us of his sire.
"Out of a Dansili half-sister to Baahama and closely related to world class champion Goldikova, this colt reflects the quality of mares Le Havre covered in his first season and we are very pleased with the mares already booked to him for 2011."
Le Havre, a son of Noverre from the family of Pivotal's sire Polar Falcon, won four starts including the Jockey Club, in which he beat subsequent Group 1 winner Fuisse and Westphalia. He also finished second to Silver Frost in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains.
He stands at Cauviniere this season at a fee of €5,000, alongside new recruit Air Chief Marshal.