Embrace The Moment
Le Havre is probably the best young stallion in France and one of the best in Europe. He is already the sire of 40 Stakes performers, headlined by the two dual Group 1 winning fillies of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and the Prix de Diane Longines: AVENIR CERTAIN and LA CRESSONNIERE. Read his full stallion biography here: http://www.montfort-preaux.com/en/etalons/havre-thoroughbred-bay,76535.html
We are huge fans of this stallion's progeny having had considerable success with our own TIGRE DU TERRE (sold for a considerable sum this year) and Listed winner, as well as Irish 2,000 Guineas entrant, BOITRON (both trained by Richard Hannon). We have been very lucky to be able to purchase this stunning filly, with both a fantastic pedigree and a superb conformation, through the skill of ace bloodstock agents Peter and Ross Doyle. Her pedigree is sensational given she is by a Champion young sire out of a Sadler’s Wells mare. He was in fact Champion brood mare sire from 2005 to 2010 inclusive and he looks sure to remain amongst the most successful in this sphere for at least another decade. Some examples of Sadler's Wells brood mares with Group 1 winning progeny are Soviet Moon (Workforce), Well Head (Conduit), Sequoyah (Henrythenavigator), Maryinsky (Peeping Fawn and Thewayyouare), in fact, the list is endless.
She is from one of the very best French families, that of Whakilyric, Hernando and Johann Quatz (Tigre Du Terre was out of a daughter of Johann Quatz). Other than the Miesque line, it's just about as good a family as you will get in France. In addition, though, our filly is a robust and strong individual who, we feel will settle really well into the Richard Hannon academy of 2yos for 2018. We could easily see her debut before Royal Ascot, hopefully winning on debut a la Tigre, (or in fact like her dam, for Sir Henry Cecil,) before heading on to bigger and better things.
The last time we spent this kind of money on one of our runners at public auction, was in 2015 on the subsequent Group 1 winning VENTURA STORM, who, on the way to winning this Group 1 Gran Premio Del Jockey Club won the Group 3 Prix De Reux at Deauville, two Listed races; the Glasgow Stakes and the Feilden Stakes, then finishing second to Harbour Law in the 2016 St Leger. Rest assured, we do not spend €110,000 lightly.
There's a feature on LE HAVRE in the Racing Post, which also mentions Tigre Du Terre. You can read it here: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-world/how-breeders-and-buyers-have-made-le-havre-their-first-port-of-call/314489
Syndicate manager update: 2yo races aren't really designed for this filly's career, she needs 10f to 12f, so we did really well to get her to finish so close in her races. She just kept finding 7f too sharp. She's on a winter break now and we feel this quality individual, (she cost 110,000 euros,) will fulfil her immense promise once stepped up in trip in the spring and summer. She could be very well handicapped indeed and she could make her current mark of 78 look very workable.