Is Monde Bleu (GB) the oldest active stallion in Australia?
The 28 year-old son of Last Tycoon arrived in Victoria in 1994 and had covered mares every season until 2015 when Bullarook Park studmaster Malcolm Boyd gave him a year off.
Monde Bleu marched back into the breeding shed with a spring in his step this year and his first two mares have been tested in foal. “He covered one in the morning then one in the evening,” Boyd said. “And both are in foal to him off that first service!”
The mares are senior citizens, too. No Feelings (Scenic) is 20 and Bisraami (Raami) is 23. The latter foaled Monde Bleu’s last-start Warrnambool winner Wee Mac who has earned over $160,000.
Wee Mac is also in the veteran category and is still competitive as a 9yo for trainer Jarrod McLean. He has raced an amazing 23 times this year for wins at Burrumbeet, Donald and twice at Warrnambool.
His dam Bisraami won an Edenhope maiden for McLean and she has a 2yo colt by Monde Bleu and a yearling filly by Testa Rossa.
Monde Bleu was trained by Andre Fabre for owner-breeder Daniel Wildenstein to win the G3 Palace House Stakes & G2 Prix du Gros Chene at three. He returned the following year to claim the G3 Prix de Meautry at Deauville and later landed the LR Reb’s Policy Hcp at Santa Anita.
The best of his Australian progeny have been the Melbourne stakes winners Monde Vert (MVRC Wm Inglis Cup), Natural Tycoon (VRC Kensington Stakes) and Ruthless Tycoon (VRC Bobbie Lewis Quality). He’s also the damsire of Group 1 winning filly Alinghi.
Monde Bleu’s book at Bullarook Park is still open for breeders considering their options late in the season. He stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee alongside Lucas Cranach (Ger) and Strategic Maneuver.