One of the best 2-year-olds in England of his generation, Recorder, will begin his career at stud at Montfort & Préaux in 2018.
In the silks of Her Majesty the Queen, this son of Galileo won the Acomb Stakes at York (Gr3, 1.400m) like a champion. He was the favourite in the Phoenix Stakes (Gr1), but unluckily was injured just before the race, bringing his racing career to an untimely end.
Her Majesty the Queen and her team have chosen a French farm, in Normandy, to stand Recorder: Haras de Montfort & Préaux. Established in 2006, Montfort & Préaux has had plenty of early success with their stallions and bloodstock: Le Havre and Rajsaman have produced multiple Classic winners, such as Avenir Certain (Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane), La Cressonnière (Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane) and Brametot (Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Prix du Jockey Club, sire).
The stud owner, Sylvain Vidal commented: « We are, of course, very happy to have been chosen by the Queen and her team to stand Recorder at Montfort & Préaux Stud. It is an honour and a very positive sign for French breeding. When John Warren contacted us, it was immediately clear to us that Recorder, bred by Her Majesty the Queen, was very dear to her. The Queen wishes to support him with her own mares and give him his best chance at succeeding, which means a lot to us. I would also like to thank Richard Venn for his help. »
Racing and breeding advisor to Her Majesty the Queen, John Warren added (read his complete interview, along with a statement from Frankie Dettori below): « France is doing so well with their very good stallions. We have been following the great success of the people at Haras de Monfort & Préaux and when I suggested to Her Majesty that they were very good professional people she was keen to send her horse to them. We hope the French breeders find in Recorder an opportunity to use a precocious but classically bred stallion (being by Galileo out of a top class 2yo mare by Danehill Dancer) where there are not too many bred on those lines currently standing in France (…) Her Majesty will certainly be sending mares to Recorder as we believe that the horse could have been top class. The Queen inspected Recorder at Sandringham last week and we stood there saying that for all we know we might be looking at the winner of the 2,000 Guineas. »
Manager of Haras de Monfort & Préaux, in charge of client relations, Mathieu Alex explained: « This son of the champion Galileo has everything needed to succeed at stud. Very precocious, he was one of the best English 2-year-olds, notably finishing in front of Cymric (eventual 2nd in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère, Gr1, beaten a head) by 4,5 lengths in the Acomb Stakes (Gr3, 1.400m). His trainer, William Haggas, convinced that he had potential, then looked to the Phoenix Stakes (Gr1).
Very well bred, Recorder boasts two of the bloodlines that have been instrumental in Coolmore’s success: Galileo and Danehill Dancer. He is the first offspring of his dam Memory, a very talented 2 year old filly. Winner of the Albany Stakes (Gr3, 1.200m) at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting, she then won the Cherry Hinton Stakes (Gr2, 1.200m). Memory is the dam of three horses of racing age, all black type!
Finally, as soon as we saw Recorder at the Royal Studs, we were convinced by his physique. He is a magnificent horse, powerful, very elegant and a wonderful mover.
We are truly delighted to be standing Recorder and we would like to invite all the breeders to come and visit us at the Stud to see him. »
Recorder will be available to view at Haras de Montfort & Préaux from the 10th November 2017. He will stand at a fee of €6,000 Live Foal.
Sylvain Vidal : +33 (0)6 20 99 10 15
Mathieu Alex : +33 (0)6 26 59 19 18 / firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHN WARREN :
“HER MAJESTY WILL CERTAINLY BE SENDING MARES TO RECORDER”
John Warren, Her Majesty the Queen’s Bloodstock and Racing Advisor, talks to us about Recorder.
Recorder showed a lot of ability as a 2yo, winning a Grade 3 impressively before his career was interrupted. Could you tell us the story of the horse? Of his family?
Recorder showed great signs of maturity right from when he was born to being sent into training early as he was so forward. I received a telephone call from his trainer William Haggas in the February saying he wanted to push on with him and he thought he could be aimed towards the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. His dam Memory was a top class 2yo who ran her first race the first week of May, so it did not surprise us that the feed back was so positive. Unfortunately a minor set back prevented him from getting to Ascot but he was on the course in July when we were getting quite excited about is prospects. After his easy win in the Gr.3 Acomb at York, William Haggas planned to take him straight to the G1 Phoenix Stakes. When I asked William if he rated Recorder that highly he replied “I don’t run 2yo’s in Group One races lightly”…
What are the main strengths of Recorder? How does he look like?
As breeders will see when they go to inspect him, he will suit any shape mare. Not all stallions do that – he is a pretty faultless individual with tremendous strength and power with great movement and a beautiful specimen.
Why did Her Majesty the Queen choose to stand the horse in France? Why at Montfort & Préaux?
France is doing so well with their very good stallions. We have been following the great success of the people at Haras de Monfort & Préaux and when I suggested to Her Majesty that they were very good professional people she was keen to send her horse to them. We hope the French breeders find in Recorder an opportunity to use a precocious but classically bred stallion (being by Galileo out of a top class 2yo mare by Danehill Dancer) where there are not too many bred on those lines currently standing in France.
Is Her Majesty the Queen going to send him some of her mares?
Her Majesty will certainly be sending mares to Recorder as we believe that the horse could have been top class. The Queen inspected Recorder at Sandringham last week and we stood there saying for all we know we might be looking at the winner of the 2,000 Guineas.
Could you describe the passion of Her Majesty the Queen for the horse racing industry? Her role as a racing ambassador in the United Kingdom? How does she contribute to the international influence of the English racing industry?
Horse Racing is The Queens only release from all of her duties and like everything she does in her life, she puts one hundred per cent effort into it. Many people have said to me that the Queen’s long interest and dedication to Racing and Breeding has inspired owners and breeders to participate in our wonderful industry all over the world.
Who was the last stallion Her Majesty the Queen owned?
The last few stallions have been Royal Applause (sire of Acclamation and Grand sire of Dark Angel) Motivator (Sire of Trêve, double Arc Winner) and most recently Al Kazeem.
What kind of relationship does Her Majesty the Queen have with the French races?
Her Majesty has a wonderful memories of winning the Prix de Diane and would encourage her trainers to send horses to race in France whenever the opportunity arises.
Frankie Dettori was impressed by Recorder in the Acomb Stakes… He told:
“I suggested that he ran next in the Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes after I rode him in the Acomb as he really impressed me.”