English Derby winner Pour Moi will be an exciting addition to the stallion roster at Windsor Park Stud later this year.
In a high-class racing career, Pour Moi won three of his five starts culminating in a breathtaking win in the 2011 English Derby. The Montjeu colt came from last at Tattenham Corner to become the first horse to successfully complete the Prix Greffulhe – Epsom Derby double since the great Sea Bird in 1965.
Pour Moi’s Derby performance drew superlatives from those who witnessed the trademark powerful finish that propelled him past subsequent Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach. “Pour Moi possesses the most astonishing turn of foot in addition to extraordinary speed,” champion trainer Andre Fabre declared. “His acceleration is that of a champion.”
Pour Moi won at Longchamp as an autumn two year-old before kick-starting his classic season with a G2 victory in the Prix Greffulhe (2000m). His sire Montjeu and damsire Darshaan both won that same Saint-Cloud lead-up prior to winning the French Derby.
On the back of his impressive form, Pour Moi was aimed at the English Derby, contesting favouritism for the race and ultimately proving superior to his peers when delivering another scintillating last to first performance.
Windsor Park proprietor Nelson Schick was very impressed with Pour Moi’s classic triumph. “His Derby effort clinched it for us,” Schick said. “While his form leading into Epsom was impressive, his performance to win in that company, in that manner, demonstrates a level of talent that is rarely seen.”
Pour Moi was made favourite to win last year’s Arc de Triomphe, however, a near-foreleg injury forced him into an early retirement after just five starts. He will follow in the footsteps of Montjeu who also shuttled to Windsor Park.
Montjeu, who died last month, is widely regarded as Europe’s pre-eminent classic stallion. He has sired over 100 stakes winners and 25% of them were conceived while in residence at Windsor Park at Cambridge.
His overall tally of 25 Group 1 winners includes English Derby winners Pour Moi, Authorized and Motivator which places him one ahead of his own legendary sire Sadler’s Wells.
Montjeu is also the sire of G1 winning colt Camelot who is current favourite for the 2012 English Derby while his daughter Wading heads the market for this year’s renewal of the English Oaks.
Pour Moi is bred on the hugely successful Sadler’s Wells – Darshaan cross responsible for English Derby winner and champion sire High Chaparral who sired So You Think, Shoot Out, Monaco Consul and Descarado while in residence at Windsor Park.
Pour Moi will shuttle from Coolmore Stud for an $18,000 service fee.