Rich Hill Stud will be the southern hemisphere home of the blue-blooded European Group 1 winner Vadamos.
The New Zealand nursery has purchased 50 per cent of the stallion with support of a high profile group of local breeders. He will shuttle to New Zealand from 2017 onwards.
Vadamos (Fr) represents the highly-successful Monsun sireline that has already proved its potency in this part of the world three of the last four Melbourne Cup-winners – Protectionist, Fiorente and Almandin.
“Vadamos is a magnificent individual with a race record to match,” Rich Hill’s John Thompson said. “He’s arguably the fastest and best bred son of Monsun to go to stud and we’re delighted to have secured him for Australasian breeders.”
Monsun has sired 22 Group 1 winners among 112 stakes winners.
Vadamos was one of his very best winning the G1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp, G2 Prix du Muguet at Saint Cloud, G2 Oettingen-Rennen at Baden and G3 Prix Messidor at Maisons-Laffitte. His dam Celebre Vadala (Peintre Celebre) is a half-sister to the Group 1 winner Valixir.
“Vadamos always impressed me with his raw talent,” trainer Andre Fabre said. “It’s well documented that no other horse in my yard could beat him in the mornings and his final 200 metre time in the Moulin of 10.47s is absolutely top-class.”
Vadamos will stand the Northern Hemisphere season at Tally Ho Stud in Ireland after ending his career with commendable fourth placings in both the G1 Cox Plate and the G1 Emirates Stakes.
“To get this son of Monsun is unbelievable,” Thompson said. “He’s from one of the Aga Khan’s great families and he’s one of the best bred Group 1 winning stallions going to stud anywhere in the world.”