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Montjeu (Ire) is again the stallion of the week, for the week ended Sunday April 19.

On April 19, Montjeu's 3-year-old son Fame and Glory (GB) made a winning season debut in the G3 P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown to remain undefeated in three starts and to stay on target as one of the main contenders for the Epsom Derby. Last fall the colt won the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud, and the Ballysax has served as a prep for recent Derby winners Galileo (Ire) and High Chaparral (Ire) -- both from the same Aidan O'Brien yard. Montjeu already is the sire of two Epsom Derby winners from from only four crops of 3-year-olds, and so far he's sired a classic winner from every crop (including Southern Hemisphere). See below for last week's comments on Montjeu:

Between Saturday, April 4, and Saturday, April 11, Montjeu (Ire) was the stallion of the world! The Irish-based son of Sadler's Wells was represented by the first two home in the A$1.6 million AJC Australian Derby over 2400 meters at Royal Randwick in Sydney on Saturday, April 11 -- Roman Emperor (NZ) and Harris Tweed (NZ). In fact, he was represented by 5 of the 16 runners in the field, and it was the second year in a row that he had the winner of the race from only four Southern Hemisphere crops conceived at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand. Last year his son Nom du Jeu (NZ) won the classic. What is beyond doubt at this stage of the young stallion's impressive career is that aside from Coolmore barnmate Galileo -- also a son of Sadler's Wells -- there isn't a horse in the world that's as good and as reliable at getting mile-and-a-half classic winners. He does have two Epsom Derby and Irish Derby winners to his credit, too!

Montjeu himself accounted for the Irish Derby and the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby equivalent) and a total of six Group 1 events, including the two most prestigious all-age events at 2400 meters (mile and a half) in Europe: The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The colt entered stud in 2001 at Coolmore and has been outstanding from the start. To date his classic winners are:

2007 Epsom Derby winner Authorized (Ire)

2008 Irish Derby winner Frozen Fire (Ger)

2005 Irish Derby winner Hurricane Run (Ire)

*2006 Prix Royal Oak winner Montare (Ire)

2005 Epsom Derby winner Motivator (GB)

2005 St. Leger winner Scorpion (Ire)

**2008 Pune Derby winner Phenomenale (Ind)

2008 AJC Australian Derby winner Nom du Jeu (NZ)

2009 AJC Australian Derby winner Roman Emperor (NZ)

That's nine individual classic winners through four and a half crops of 3-year-olds (*Montare won the Royal Oak at 4; 2009 Northern Hemisphere 3-year-olds yet to contest classics) -- most at 2400 meters and above. In fact, Montjeu has been represented by a classic winner from every crop to date, and all told he has 61 stakes winners to his credit, including at least 31 group winners. These stats are "off the hook!"

--Sid Fernando

**Pune Derby at 2000 meters


DAVID BAY (born 1952) has owned horses since he was a teenager, trained as a journalist and worked as a reporter and editor on major Australian newspapers before becoming chief executive of Australian Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (now Thoroughbred Breeders Australia) for several years. More info...


EMMA BERRY (UK) is the bloodstock editor of Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine and European correspondent for Inside Racing in Australia. She has previously worked as deputy editor of Pacemaker and deputy editor/racing editor of Horse & Hound. She does matings in Europe only. More info...


SID FERNANDO, a 1982 graduate of Vassar college, is a prominent racing and breeding writer and is president of eMatings LLC and Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc. ( He has been a private pedigree consultant to a select group of international breeders and owners for the last decade... More info...


ROBERT D. FIERRO is managing director of DataTrack International, a firm that helps clients breed, and select, thoroughbred racing and bloodstock prospects utilizing pedigree analysis and several long-established biomechanical programs. With his partner, Jay Kilgore, he devised BreezeFigs™... More info...


FRANCES J. KARON is the acclaimed editor and a writer for the quarterly publications North American Trainer and Trainer magazines and one of the familiar faces at the Four Star Sales agency. Among the horses whose matings Frances has recommended are Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat and Grade 2 winners Fire Slam and Irguns Angel More info...


KRISTEN MANNING is a freelance pedigree analyst and racing journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Working for various publications such as Bluebloods, Owner Breeder and Racetrack Magazine, she has been studying pedigrees for two decades... More info...


Of Dutch extraction, KAREL MIEDEMA was born in 1946 and emigrated from UK to South Africa in 1976. A life-long obsession with racing developed into a deep interest in breeding and pedigrees during the 1980s. His pedigree insight focuses on genetic sibling inbreeding... More info...


DIEGO MITAGSTEIN is based in Argentina and is one of the most prominent turf journalists in South America. More info...


FRANK MITCHELL is the author of the book Great Breeders and their Methods: The Hancocks and is the editor and principal writer of Racehorse Breeding Theories. Formerly deputy bloodstock editor of Daily Racing Form, he writes a weekly column for Daily Racing Form called "Sires and Dams" that concentrates on bloodstock and sales... More info...


VICTOR SHEAHAN is a cost accountant and pedigree analyst. His work as a pedigree analyst is strongly influenced by his costing background. In assessing stallions he focuses on value for money and return on investment. Due to the statistical nature of his analysis he rarely recommends stallions yet to have runners. More info...


CLIVE WEBB-CARTER has been involved in the thoroughbred bloodstock industry for about twenty years. Clive has gained international experience on a number of leading stud farms, including Fayette Park in New Zealand; Side Hill Stud, Newmarket . . . More info...