Magazine: Immortal Verse, when the perfect model takes time to really become one

Breed / July 13, 2022

She has it all. Models, pedigree, performance, brains… However, Immortal Verse needed eight long years – and the success of his daughter Tenebrism – to justify its record purchase price.

By Adrien CugnasseFor 99.9% of breeders, the question is not: “Which brood has the best chance of spawning? » But rather: “Which brood has the best chance of spawning, but who else in my budget? » On December 3, 2013, whenImmortal poem (Pivotal) entered the ring at Tattersalls, to many the ideal mare… she was. But for the few who can afford to bid, the question is: “How much will she earn? » The answer is huge: 4.7 million Gns. European record (since beaten). At the pinnacle of qualities of this mare, who absolutely has everything to succeed at school. Daughter of a leading mother, with a stallion chain that cannot be crafted in her paper (Pivotal on Sadler’s Wells, on Mill Reef), from a classical family of exceptional qualities, with a particular build appropriate structure, an outstanding mind, speed, agility and the title of the best 3-year-old child in English in 2011.

When Coolmore pulled out his checkbook

True or false, super-racing mares are credited with producing stallions,UrbanSea (Galileo, Sea the Stars…) at Zarkava (Zarak…) over nogara (Nearco…), Romanella (Ribot…), Flamboyant page (Nijinsky…)… the list is not exhaustive! Commercially speaking, we remember the interest generated when visiting Coolmore’sAustralia (Galileo), son of very good people Ouija board (Nose of the Cross). Among the young males of the Irish breed who made the news, Churchill (Galileo) is the grandson ofAirwave (Air Express), the best 2yo of his generation in the UK. As a result, we better understand why the Irish – four years after buying the Immortal Verse – spent 6 million on Marsha (Cheers) in December 2017. Very fast“, endorsed at the best on the track, but not necessarily the one with the “best pedigree for sale.” And more and more people are giving this kind of profile. Let’s take, for example. Born in 1971, Dumka (Kashmir II) was the first 2-year-old to race under Christian Bauer’s shirt. After winning the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Gr1) award, she was featured at the December sale at Tattersalls, where Her Highness Aga Khan bought her for 60,000 Gns (about 300,000 euros in 2022. ). In 2006, winner of Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr1) magic romance (Barathea), from the same stock as Dumka, has been acquired by 4.6 million Gns… The development is quite obvious!

Public opinion is necessarily cruel to “all is well” things.

When a healthy mare leaves to breed, the pressure is pretty great. Remember the comments above Zarkava (Zamindar)! But the impact of a good mare (in stallions) is measured after a decade or two. Often, we hear of “all good” in races, male or female: “Yes, but he didn’t make a as good as him… » Personally, I think that comment is pointless. Frankel (Galileo) will (probably) never give birth to a son with a high rating like his. And yet, he is one of the best (if not the best) studs in Europe. In May, on a radio show about horse racing, a journalist said that Mill Reef (Never Bend) is not a good horse because he has never given a good horse like him. Or Mill Reef (the grandmother of Immortal Verse), in addition to the fact that he created eight classics with little cover-up, no less than 16% of the winners were black. It is very large. Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) at 11%, while growing in the context of a much higher number of black races. It makes you dream!

And here’s the movie…

The problem is that at first, for Immortal Verse, things went terribly wrong. Its first product, Literary Society (Dansili), raced three times (unsuccessfully) at Freddy Head before being sold to Morocco. In 2015, there are no products.

The immortal verse then left for Kentucky, where she met twice War front (Danzig), produced two ponies in 2016 and 2017. Whether you like War Front or not, he is a stallion with a record of being undisputed. He still offers 180 types of black. But with Immortal Verse, it doesn’t work. Battle for glory (War Front) started winning in November at the age of 2 at Newmarket. It was not seen racing again in Europe and sold for 8,000 Gns in December, at Tattersalls. his brother Great certificate (War Front) won a modest handicap before being sold for 10,000 Gns. So take a cold shower. Especially since 2018, mares don’t give ponies. Has his entourage lost confidence now? Hard to say. For the next mating, she clearly goes down in range because she goes to Caravaggio (Scat Daddy), a beginner at €35,000. Gold War Front was trading at $250,000 at the same time.

Emerging products are Tenebrism (Caravaggio). She started early, at 2 years old, at the end of March, with a win. We were talking about Royal Ascot then. But she was not seen for 181 days. For her comeback, she won the Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr1) in a style that allowed her to become one of this Gr1 best winners of the decade, according to ratings. The filly was then out for 218 days. Coming in eighth in Guineas (Gr1) for her comeback, fourth in Coronation Shares (Gr1) then she won the Haras d’Étreham Prix Jean Prat (Gr1) 9/1. And honestly, before Gr1 of Deauville, the Irish bettors (who are often well informed) doubted themselves. However, victory is indisputable. And even if Tenebrism hasn’t hit her mother’s ratings yet, she has already realized her parents’ success at school.

Phew, they’ve found an effective crosswalk!

Better yet, the following product, Statue (Justify), winner of Balanchine Stakes (Gr2) at Curragh, unbeaten in two opening matches. Any hope is allowed! She comes from a son of Go, dad (Johannesburg), was like her sister and certainly had some jubilation on the part of Coolmore, who bet heavily on the descendant of the great American stallion. Furthermore, on Saturday in the Cup of July (Gr1), Alcohol free – via No, never (Scat Daddy) – win his fourth Gr1, also bring his stone to the building. The success of this male strain on the Tenebrism line did not escape Brendan Hayes. He ran the Kilfrush Stud farm for a long time, where the entire lineage was shaped over three generations. And now he continues to raise this remarkable family with great success (in sales and racing) at his own stud farm, Knocktoran Stud. Monday night he explained to us in perfect French: “I have sent several mares of this breed to the sons of Scat Daddy! When a crossover works, you have to keep going. In the early 2000s, Crucial (Polar Falcon) is on the rise. Although it is not necessarily a highly expected horse at stud [pas black type à 2ans, il s’est affirmé à 3ans et n’a débuté la monte qu’à 5.000 £, ndlr] Impressed with the results of his first generations, we sent him mares of this line. From where? beauty is truth (Pivotal), the winner of the Prix du Gros-Chêne (Gr2), a “fast” mare who, however, gave Coolmore three Gr1 winners. [Hydrangea, The United States et Hermosa, ndlr]. Immortal Verse, from the same father and the same lineage, was born the year after Beauty Is Truth’s greatest triumph on the track…” With Beauty Is Truth, John Magnier previously purchased a mare from this family, but she experienced a lot of fertility issues. He knows his family best of all because it was his brother-in-law David O’Brien, who coached the two Derby winners – in France and Ireland – confirm (Enjoy yourself).

Where does stress come from?

At first it was a French family, from the 1890s to the late 1920s. In 1928, Lord Derby, one of the great breeders in our sporting history, imported it. Aileen (Nimbus). In 1945, Pratap Singh Rao Gaekwad (Maharajah of Baroda) bought a pony for a record price, which he named Sayajirao (Nearco). After his victories in the Derby of Ireland and St Leger, he entered the stallion, where he would become a classic stallion. Among the mares of the Maharajah, there was a descendant of Aileen to give Irish Lass (Sayajirao), the winner of the Prix Minerve (Gr3). The highest price in November 1969 sold in Deauville, she joined the team of Walter Haefner (Moyglare Stud). It was he who sold his daughters Irish Bird (Seabird) and Princess Mill (Mill Reef). Give confirm (Be my guest) and Bikala (Kampala), Irish Bird became the first mare in history to create two consecutive wins at the Club Prix du Jockey (Gr1). Princess Mill, acquired by Alain Decrion for Jean-Pierre Binet. After winning in 3rd place, she entered her owner’s stud ranch, Kilfrush Stud. Brendan Hayes continued: “The Mill Princess herself is a tall but narrow mare with a wise head. So not pretty. But his descendants are completely special, just like his stock and his pedigree. »

When François Mitterrand was just elected, a policy hostile to investors in the racing world was pursued. The rest of the story is quite complicated. But if we focus on the horses themselves, we can say that the first Mill Princess product, The last boss (Try my Best), is a rather extraordinary speed horse… though he comes from a family that has so far produced excellent running horses. Details about Brendan Hayes: “A good strain comes from a good strain at all distances. Some branches of this family have a lot of staying power. but, that is Side of Paradise (Sadler’s Wells), sister of Last Tycoon and second dam to Tenebrism, produces very strong horses with lots of speed. Just a few weeks after receiving it, Robert Collet announced Last Tycoon to us as phenomenal…” According to France Galop, Last Tycoon started live and won the B race in June when he was just 2 years old. After several attempts at the Gr1 level at this age, he won the Prix d’Arenberg (Gr3). What followed was pretty impressive with wins in King’s Stand Stakes, Nunthorpe Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Mile (Grs1).

Last Tycoon later became a very good stallion in both hemispheres (which is rare!) We owe him many good hits, including those of two excellent stallions, Adlerflug (in Europe) and King Kamehameha (In Japan).


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