Oasis Dream: sire of 51 stakes winners including Prix Sigy scorer GustoPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Successful French raid for Oasis Dream's Gusto
Prix Sigy (3yo Listed), Maisons-Laffitte 6f
3yo b c Oasis Dream - Pickle (Piccolo)
RICHARD HANNON sent Gusto on a successful mission to Maisons-Laffitte on Monday, with the promising three-year-old colt landing the Prix Sigy by a nose from Huma Bird (Invincible Spirit) with Carnoustie (Acclamation) back in third.
Gusto has now won three Listed races in a row: he signed off his two-year-old career with victory in the Doncaster Stakes in October and made a winning reappearance at three in the Spring Cup at Lingfield last month.
Richard Hannon: winning trainerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Gusto is one of 51 stakes winners by Juddmonte's outstanding young sire Oasis Dream, who stands at Banstead Manor Stud this year at a fee of £85,000.
Oasis Dream has produced nine Group 1 winners, including MIdday, Power and Prohibit in 2011, and the Green Desert stallion could have another big year ahead of him with Gusto and Power, as well as the likes of Bronterre and Reply, set to represent him in the big races.
Gusto is bred on a similar cross to King's Stand Stakes winner Prohibit, as Gusto's dam is by Piccolo, a son of Prohibit's damsire Warning.
Gusto was bred by New England and Mount Coote studs and P Barrett out of Pickle, a progressive handicapper for Stuart Williams in Britain before she was taken to America, where she won two Group 3 races over 1m-1m1f.
Pickle is a half-sister to last year's Tattersalls Millions 3yo Trophy winner Auld Burns.
John Warren bought Gusto for €120,000 at the 2010 Goffs Orby yearling sale on behalf of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing. He had previously cost Hillwood Bloodstock 67,000gns at the Tattersalls December foal sale.