German champion Areion sired his first Australian winner when Le Roi landed the G3 Summer Cup (2400m) on Wednesday.
Areion (Ger) has sired 121 winners at an 81% strike-rate world-wide. Le Roi was his 18th to score at stakes level after railing up to make it four wins from his last four starts at Morphettville (2), Caulfield and Rosehill.
“He will have a very light autumn, his main goal will be next spring,” trainer Tony McEvoy said. “But he will stay in work at my property up on the Murray River.”
Le Roi (4h Areion – Limaga by Lagunas) had won on debut as an autumn two year-old at Compiegne in France before transferring to Australia. He is owned in partnership by Pipeliner Bloodstock’s Wayne Mitchell.
The colt was originally offered as a yearling at the 2010 German Autumn yearling sale at Baden Baden but was led out after a vendor bid of 4,000 euros.
Areion (Big Shuffle) began his stud career a decade ago and claimed his first German sires’ title in 2010. He then moved from Gestuet Evershorst to Gestuet Auenquelle for the 2011 breeding season.
Le Roi’s older half-brother Limatus (Law Society) won 7 races from 2100 to 3200m including Listed events at Chantilly, Hamburg and Baden-Baden. Areion also sired Le Roi’s younger brother Limario who won as a two year-old at Dusseldorf in October.
The Summer Cup completed a city double for Pipeliner Bloodstock after Swipeline (Sequalo) was successful at Morphettville earlier on Boxing Day.
– Karl Patterson