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Opportunity knocks on the Route des Etalons

However, the majority of the people who made the trip to Sumbe were there in a professional capacity, according to Mathieu Le Forestier, nominations and racing manager at the stud, who reported that a lot of business had been done across the two days.

Easy to see why. Horses like Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) don't retire to stud very often and, despite the fact that his debut season will be interrupted due to a slight setback, Le Forestier explained how interest in the stallion has not dwindled in the slightest because of it.

He said, "(...) There have been virtually no cancellations from breeders after we announced his setback and the interest in him did not wane. We expect that he will resume covering on March 15 and we don't see it being a big issue, except maybe for in the case of maiden mares.

There aren't many alternatives to a horse of the quality Mishriff has in France and we have waited a long time to have a freshman with credentials as good as he has in the stud book here. Selling him is not the hardest job in my life."

"The good thing about Mishriff and Golden Horde (Ire) [Lethal Force {Ire}] here at Sumbe is that they do the talking. We have done a lot of business over the past two days. There have. not been many passers by and most of the people that have come here have been serious breeders."

On the 2020 G1 Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde, who stands for i8,000, he added, "Golden Horde has been popular. He'll have good numbers but, most importantly, the right blend of people who breed to race and those who breed to sell have used him. We have 15 yearlings by him that we plan to race and they will be divided up between Andre Fabre, Jean-Claude Rouget, Roger Varian and Clive Cox."


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