Stagelight, who won from 1400 -1600 metres, is also the first offspring of his sire ever to win a classic – he won the Gr3 UAE 2000 Guineas back in 2005. Amongst those beaten by Stagelight in that 1600m classic were Kandidate (who subsequent ran third to Footstepsinthesand in the English 2000 Guineas), as well as Becrux (G1 Woodbine Mile) and Tony James (G2 Gimcrack Stakes).
Having made a winning debut at two, Stagelight, who won three of his first four outings, was unbeaten at three, with his brief campaign culminating in his classic victory.
Stagelight retired to stud with a truly potent pedigree behind him –one which has gone from strength to strength.
His sire, Montjeu, was a truly exceptional racehorse – who was rated 137 by Timeform. His 11 wins, from just 16 outings, included six Group One victories – headlined by wins in the Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Stakes.
Retired to stud in 2001, Montjeu made a remarkable start to his stud career. His very first crop produced six G1 winners, and this first crop included the first and second in both the Epsom Derby (Motivator and Walk In The Park) and Irish Derby (Hurricane Run and Scorpion).
Montjeu, who was Champion Sire in France in 2005, has, to date, been represented by over 100 stakes winners to date.
His offspring include no fewer than four Epsom Derby winners, as well as four Irish Derby winners, three St Leger winners, and two winners of the Grand Prix de Paris. His daughter, Chiquita, winner of the 2013 Irish Oaks, was sold for 6,000,000 Euros in 2013. Remarkably, Montjeu’s sons won the prestigious Coronation Cup from 2010-2013.
His sire sons are also starting to make their mark in major races. In 2013, three of Montjeu’s sons were represented by G1 winners – including Motivator, sire of brilliant and unbeaten Arc de Triomphe winner Treve. Treve was the joint highest rated racehorse in the world in 2013, and had an international rating of 134. Another Montjeu son to excel in 2013 was Authorized – who was represented by three individual Grade One winners last year.
Stagelight’s female line is equally impressive. His dam, Zivania (by Shergar’s half-brother Shernazar) was a smart racemare, who won four races, and was second in the Listed Oaks Trial. Zivania has done really well at stud and has produced five stakes winners to date.
Not only is Zivania the dam of a classic winner (Stagelight), but she is also the dam of 1000 Guineas third placed finisher, Hathrah, as well as G2 winner Ivan Luis. Zivania herself is out of a mare by Champion racehorse and sire Mill Reef, and is a half-sister to three black type horses.
One of these is the stakes winning Danehill mare Mahalia – the dam of Stagelight’s high-class relative Albisola. Like Stagelight, G3 winner Albisola is by Montjeu.
Another prominent mare produced by Mahalia is the outstanding broodmare Tonnara, dam of two G1 winners to date. Tonnara’s offspring include the new Coolmore sire, Most Improved, who won the G1 St James Palace Stakes, as well as leading classic hopeful for 2014, Ectot. The latter is closely related to Stagelight – as both are descendants of Montjeu and Maresca. Ectot was an outstanding 2yo in France last year, when he won four of his five outings including the G1 Criterium International.
Ectot looks like he could well further G1 glory to this family in 2014!
This is also the family of 2000 Guineas winner Big Game, as well as such champion sires as Sir Tristram, Sickle, Pharamond II and the legendary Hyperion.
From limited opportunities, this well bred horse has had just 17 runners to date – of which 12 have either won or finished in the money. This small group of runners also includes the above average fillies, Margot On Stage and Nonki Poo. These statistics surely suggests that Stagelight merits more support.
A quality individual, with a lovely temperament, Stagelight is an extremely fertile horse. He got all of his mares in foal last season – and is a very enthusiastic coverer.
His pedigree suggests Stagelight is well suited to a large number of mares in the South African stud book especially mares from the Gone West male line.
Stagelight will be promoted by Allan Bloodlines, who will also be in charge of fellow Oldlands stallion Indigo Magic.