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 umpteen Group winners, 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 and we have high hopes for our very own son of Le Havre TIGRE DU TERRE. Richard Hannon has gone on record as saying “If I have a 2018 2000 Guineas horse, it's Tigre Du Terre.” Big praise indeed. You couldn't fail but be impressed by Tigre's 4.5 length demolition of his opposition on debut at Ascot in July. He has just earned dual 'black type', placing 3rd in the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury on just his third start and subsequently 2nd in the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster.
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 (our own Tigre Du Terre is 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. Unfortunately, the way the pound to Euro sits at the moment, along with sales house and agents’ commissions, shares do not come cheap, but time may well tell that she is particularly well bought at that price.
We received the November video above of her from Tom Ward who looks after the Everleigh yard where she is stabled. He describes her as "a good sized scopey filly, who is a great mover with a good attitude".
6th Jan: There's a feature on LE HAVRE in the Racing Post, which 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