VERT DE GRECE




Standing at Geisel Park Stud



Introduction

Having been responsible for bringing his sire VERGLAS to WA over the 2003 & 2004 seasons Bloodstock agent John Chalmers is well qualified to make an assessment on the attributes and likely stud success of Vert De Grece
He is taller than his sire, has more length and overall strength, and has an excellent
temperament.

His win in the French Group 1 event was nothing short of amazing as two-year-olds simply do
not show the turn of foot and run away from their opposition as this horse did.
Hong Kong trainer Caspar Fownes paid one million Euro for the horse after his third start in Ireland and following his closing second to the outstanding GLENEAGLES in the Group 2 Curragh Futurity and who progressed to be of the highest class going on to win no less than four Group 1
events.
Such was the dominance of the French win by Vert De Grece, connections decided he must be
left in France for his three-year-old season and aimed at the French Guineas and other classic
events.

All went wrong when he split his forearm and was confined to a box for many months and
missed the entire season.
He was sent to Hong Kong in late 2014 he was aimed towards their classics including the Hong Kong Derby and
Caspar Fownes will be the first to admit he made a grave error of judgement in endeavoring
to push the horse too quickly to get those races considering his lengthy lay off from
competition after such a serious injury.
One will never know, however it could be that injury in France may never have completely
healed or that his action could have changed and was compromising causing the bowed
tendon.
Western Australia breeders have rarely had the opportunity to access a Group 1 winning two year-old.

RACE RECORD


AT TWO WON Saint Cloud Criterium International GR1 1600m by a widening 5 lengths
Video link Grand Criterium International
WON Leopardstown Irish Stallions Farms 2yo Maidens 7f
SECOND Currah Futurity S, GR2 7f beaten ¾ length by GLENEAGLES (Champion 2yo colt in
Europe and Ireland 2014 Champion 3yo Miler in Europe and Ireland 2015, World
Thoroughbred Ranking : 122 in 2015 and winner of 4 Group 1 events, namely the Curragh
National S, The Two Thousand Guineas, Irish Two Thousand Guineas, Royal Ascot St James’s
Palace S plus a Group 3 and winning at and 7 of his 11 starts.
Gleneagles then went to stud Coolmore Ireland in 2016 at a fee of €60,000
SECOND Leopardstown Famous Name 2yo Maiden’s 7f beaten half a length

AT THREE Unraced following track accident in France when being prepared for the French
Guineas. Split a forearm in training and confined to a box for several months

AT FOUR FIFTH HKJC Pok Oi Cup 1400m in 1:23.14 beaten 2.8 lengths at first start for 15 months
ELEVENTH HKJC Chinese New Year Cup 1400m in 1:21.20 beaten 8.8 lengths. Pulled up sore
LAST of 12 Hong Kong Classic Cup HK1 1800m. Bowed near fore tendon

Race Replays


Vert De Grece was a superior racehorse to his sire and was rated 116 on the International Ratings at the end of his 2yo season

Race Replay Vert de Grêce - Critérium International - st cloud - 30/10/14

Race Replay: Futurity Stakes, Curragh, Sunday 24-08-14


PEDIGREE


By International sire success VERGLAS a Group 3 winner of the Royal Ascot Coventry S. and
won three times to a mile, twice at two years. Sire of 39 SW’s incl Group 1 winners Stormy
River, Silver Frost, Glass Harmonium and Vert De Grece.
Leading Australia Sire (AEI) in 2011-12, Second on the French Sire List 2008.
Stood for ten seasons in France, Australia (2003 & 2004) and Ireland
Covered 199 mares in WA in his two seasons producing 143 live foals for 60% winners to
runners incl SW’s Spirited One, Captain Obvious (Singapore Champion), Ma Chienne, Grey
Monarch, Bites The Dust, Royal Devotion, Sheenasaidgrey, Verossi and SP Versarc, Gum Nut
Guru, Carnardly Miss, Little Grey Teapot and sired NH bred imports Glass Harmonium (G1
McKinnon S) and SP Lucciola.

Descends from the Grey Sovereign line which has given WA outstanding sires Beau Sovereign,
Metal Storm, Tribu, Cheraw, Kenvain and in the ES Kenmare and Keltrice.
VERGLAS is a son of the outstanding racetrack performer and stud success in HIGHEST HONOR
(the most successful sire son of KENMARE), a Group 1 winner, 3 times Group 1 placed and
winner of numerous Champion Sire Awards.
The dam of VERT DE GRECE is the unraced GRAND LODGE mare TINY PETAL, a half sister to Out
Of Thanks, dam of Group 3 winner Love Lockdown by VERGLAS (a ¾ quarter brother to VERT
DE GRECE).

TINY PETAL is a granddaughter of Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas winner Trusted Partner
(by Affirmed) the dam of Group 1 winner Dress To Thrill and Irish 2yo winner Polished Gem,
dam of Group 1 winner Free Eagle now on shuttle to Cornerstone Stud, SA.
GRAND LODGE was not only a champion sire of high class winners, but now a Champion dam
sire through the deeds of Group 1 winners Appearance, Joshua Tree, Zipping, Toorak Toff,
Xtension, Lucayan , Veleuse De Coeurs, Strategic News, Vert De Grece and 56 SW’s in total.
The pedigree of VERT DE GRECE features the great sires of modern times in Northern Dancer,
Sir Gaylord, Secretariat, Raise A Native, Mr Prospector, Riverman, Dr Fager and Zeddaan.
VERT DE GRECE inbreeds four times in his sixth remove to the champion Blue Hen mare
Somethingroyal (dam of Secretariat and Sir Gaylord) and Nogara (dam of Nearco and Niccola
Dell’Arca)
VERT DE GRECE provides a much needed outcross to Danehill line mares in breeding to
Natalma (dam of Northern Dancer, third dam of Danehill) and Havresac (sire of Nogara)

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