RICH Hill Stud’s most recent stallion acquisition, the Prix du Moulin-Gr.1 winner Vadamos (FR) (Monsun-Celebre Vadala by Peintre Celebre (USA)), made an early impact at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales series at Karaka. The selling scene of his progeny to come was abuzz with enthusiastic talk about stage two of the international Gr.1 winner’s career.

Farm principal John Thompson was delighted with the outstanding feedback he received from visitors to the auction. “The word we were getting from the Australians is that they think he is exactly the type of horse who should be standing in New Zealand and they will be coming over to buy his yearlings in the future,” he said.

“They are particularly keen on his pedigree and with him being a son of the great Monsun he offers the ideal outcross for all Australia’s major sire lines, especially Danehill.” Among the Vadamos fan club is the leading Sydney bloodstock agent James Harron, who was instrumental in the private purchase and subsequent stallion deal of another outstanding son of Monsun in Fiorente (IRE).

“Vadamos was a horse of exceptional ability, he also is a magnificent looking animal and I’m looking forward to his first yearlings in 2019,” Harron said. Off the back of the excellent feedback, Rich Hill announced the 2017 introductory fee for Vadamos at $NZ15,000 + GST. “We think that represents great value for a stallion of his quality and there is a huge amount of interest in the horse,” Thompson said.

“The positive initial response to Vadamos from Australasian broodmare owners has been excellent so we felt it was best to announce his fee early as there are a limited number of nominations available outside the syndicate. We took bookings to him during the sales and it certainly looks like his book will fill quickly.” With backing of a high profile group of breeders, Rich Hill Stud purchased a 50% holding in Vadamos last year at the end of his outstanding racing career.

“John Camilleri, the breeder of Winx, and Andreas Putsch, who owns the French stud farm Haras de Saint Pair, raced Vadamos together and they have retained breeding shares in him,” Thompson said. “Locally we’re joined by Sir Peter Vela, of Pencarrow Stud, Greg Tomlinson, of Nearco Stud, and Valachi Downs’ Kevin Hickman to name a few.” The high-class Vadamos won eight of his 20 starts and was five times second for earnings topping $1.2m.

His wins included the Prix du Moulin-Gr.1 (1600m in 1:38.27) at Longchamp, the Prix du Muguet-Gr.2 (1600m) at Saint-Cloud, the Oettingen-Rennen-Gr.2 (1600m) at Baden Baden, and the Prix Messidor-Gr.3 (1600m) at Maisons-Laffitte when racing from the stable of leading international trainer Andre Fabre.

He was also runner-up in the Prix Jacques le Marois-Gr.1 and ended his career with commendable fourths in the Cox Plate-Gr.1 and the Emirates Stakes-Gr.1. “Vadamos always impressed me with his raw talent,” said Fabre, who has prepared 180 Gr.1 winners. “It is well documented that no other horse in my yard could beat him in the mornings and his final 200m time in the Moulin of 10.47 is absolutely top-class.”

His German-bred sire Monsun (Konigsstuhl-Mosella by Surumu) is revered in this part of the world having produced three of the past four Melbourne Cup-Gr.1 winners, Protectionist, Fiorente and Almandin, as well being dam sire of 2015 runner-up Max Dynamite.

Vadamos is out of a wonderful international family developed by the Aga Khan and the late Jean-Luc Lagardère. His dam is the Peintre Celebre mare Celebre Vadala, a half-sister to the Gr.1 winner and sire Valixir (IRE) (Trempolino). Peintre Celebre, a son of Nureyev, won five of his seven starts including the Arc de Triomphe and left outstanding sprinter Bentley Biscuit and other Gr.1 winners Mr Celebrity, Mr Sandgroper and Jam Alley among his runners from six shuttle seasons in Australia.

“Vadamos is a magnificent individual and arguably the best-bred and fastest son of the breed-shaping Monsun,” Thompson said. Vadamos will stand alongside Rich Hill’s foundation sire Pentire (GB) who along with the exciting trio of Jimmy Choux, Shocking and Proisir. Pentire (Be My Guest-Gull Nook by Mill Reef) has been an outstanding servant of the farm with 14 individual Gr.1 winners from 1200m-3200m, including the likes of (King) Mufhasa, Xcellent and Prince of Penzance. Multiple Gr.1 winner and former New Zealand Horse of the Year Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park-Cierzo by Centaine) retired to stud in 2012 and was Leading NZ First Season Sire of 2015-16.

His best representative is the Eclipse Stakes-Gr.3 winner and black type placegetter Manolo Blahniq, while What Choux Want and Cobblertothestars are both multiple stakes placegetters. Shocking won the Melbourne Cup-Gr.1 and the Australian Cup-Gr.1 before the Australian bred, whose dam is by Danehill (USA), was secured by Rich Hill and he has made an impressive impact with his first crop now just four-year-olds.

The son of Street Cry (IRE) is the sire of the New Zealand Oaks-Gr.1 winner Fanatic, while The Hassler and Chocante are Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners respectively. In Australia, his leading representative is the multiple winner Antonio Giuseppe, also runner-up in the Metropolitan Handicap-Gr.1. The latest recruit to the stud is Proisir whose three wins in a seven-start career included the Spring Stakes-Gr.3. He was also Gr.1 second in the Randwick Guineas and the Spring Champion Stakes.

A brother to the Caulfield Guineas-Gr.1 winner Divine Prophet, he is a son of the international Gr.1 winner and sire Choisir out of a winning Encosta de Lago mare and traces to NZ broodmare great Sunbride (GB). Proisir retired to stud in 2015, covering 145 mares, and his first weanlings will be on offer at the upcoming 2017 Karaka May Sale.