Group One Glory for Oldlands’ resident
Former classic winner Stagelight, who currently stands at the Oldlands Stud, is closely related to one of Europe’s most exciting juveniles this season.
Ectot, winner of the recent G1 Criterium International, is a brother in blood to Stagelight.
The only son of the mighty Montjeu at stud in South Africa, Stagelight is out of a granddaughter of the Mill Reef mare, Maresca.
By comparison, Ectot is by the Montjeu stallion Hurricane Run out of Tonnara – herself a granddaughter of Maresca.
Ectot, who has won four of his five outings, including three stakes races, looks a leading contender for next year’s French classics. A half-brother to G1 St James Palace Stakes winner and now Coolmore sire Most Improved, Ectot is likely to be named France’s Champion 2YO at the end of the year.
Stagelight, who was Montjeu’s first ever classic winner, has only been represented by 16 runners in his first three crops. However, these foals include seven winners, and four other placed horses.
In other words, nearly 70% of Stagelight’s foals are finishing in the money – an impressive statistic given the poor quality of mare that the stallion has covered thus far.
His winners include two well above fillies in Margot On Stage and Nonki Poo – the latter having won two of her last three outings.
Stagelight is also from a red hot male line. His sire Montjeu, whose 106 stakes winners include four Epsom Derby winners, is the sire of four G1 winners in 2013 – Chicquita, Joshua Tree, Leading Light, and St Nicholas Abbey.
Three of Montjeu’s sons have sired G1 winners in 2013 – Authorized (Ambivalent, Complacent, Seal Of Approval), Hurricane Run (Ectot) and Motivator (Treve).
Stagelight, winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas, stands for a 2013 fee of R5 000.