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The Sadler's sireline is thriving in NZ
09 Jul 2016 | By Breednet

Perhaps the future for the overseas performed, Sadler's Wells line stallions, lies across the Tasman in New Zealand.

None have a better record than Windsor Park Stud who did a tremendous job in launching the career's of High Chaparral (IRE) and Montjeu  who stood for four seasons 2001-04.

Windsor Park now stands Montjeu's Epsom Derby winner Pour Moi who makes a timely return after a two-year absence as the current leader of the first season sires table in Australia courtesy of the Group I JJ Atkins Stakes winner Sacred Elixir. 

The Montjeu influence doesn't end there on the Windsor Park roster, with last season's new star recruit Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) being out of a Montjeu daughter in L’Enjoleuse.

Montjeu has found further acclaim through the deeds of Cambridge Stud's red hot stallion Tavistock.

Returning to Windsor Park for his sixth season in 2016 is Galileo's Champion Miler Rip Van Winkle.

With his oldest progeny 3-year olds, Rip Van Winkle has made a pleasing enough start south of the equator with the likes of Gr.2 Eight Carat Stakes winner Capella, West Australian Oaks winner First Impressions and Gr.3 2yo Classic winner Magic Dancer.

He also has a promising performer in Chris Waller's unbeaten juvenile Awoke.

Then there's Hawkes Racing's exciting 3yo filly Euro Angel who contests Saturday's Rivette Series Final (1600m) at Flemington following a hugely impressive 3 ¼ length victory on the same track on June 11.

The daughter of Rip Van Winkle (IRE) made a winning career debut at Randwick on Australia Day before a luckless third at Rosehill a month later.

Bred by Windsor Park Stud, Euro Angel is the third yearling purchase by Team Hawkes out of the imported Polish Precedent mare Polish Princess (GB).

The first was the extremely talented Polish Knight (Encosta de Lago), a $420,000 buy that won the Group II ATC Tulloch Stakes and was runner-up in the Group 1 ATC Derby.

The second was the tough-as-teak Zabeel gelding Leebaz a four-time Group winning millionaire that came at a cost of $460,000 at the 2011 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling sale. 

So Euro Angel did not look overly expensive at $200,000 at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling sale.

Her dam Polish Princess was purchased by Windsor Park for 75,000 guineas out of the Meon Valley draft at the 2004 Tattersalls October Yearling sale.

It proved money well spent. Her year older half-sister Suez (Green Desert) was purchased by John Ferguson, on behalf of Godolphin, for 480,000 gns at the same sale 12 months previously. 

Suez would go on to win a maiden at Goodwood and a Listed race at Salisbury before finishing second to Magical Romance in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in a 3-start career.

The daughter of Green Desert did not take long to prove her worth at stud by producing the top-class Street Cry filly Lyric of Life who won her first three starts including the Group 1 Shadwell Fillies Mile at Newmarket and the Group II May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.

Polish Princess (GB) did her racing in New Zealand where she was a Listed stakes-winner in a career of four wins and six placings from 11 starts and she placed in the Group 1 ARC Champions Mile.

A granddaughter of Meon Valley Stud's Broodmare Of The Year, Reprocolor, Polish Princess missed to O'Reilly in 2012 before making a trip to Australia to visit Coolmore Stud's High Chaparral (IRE) in 2014.

She produced a colt by the ill-fated son of Sadler's Wells before foaling another colt last spring, this time by Group 1 VRC Newmarket Handicap winner Shamexpress before being bred back to Savabeel.