Montjeu Not Shuttling This Year

New Zealand stud Windsor Park announced May 20 that the partners in Montjeu have decided to rest the former champion performer from shuttle duties this year.

As a consequence, Montjeu, by Sadler's Wells will not return to New Zealand for the 2005 southern hemisphere breeding season. The 9-year-old has shuttled for the past four years to Windsor Park after opening his stud career at Coolmore in Ireland in 2001.

The cancellation of Montjeu is seen as a major blow as his first two northern hemisphere waves have been in sound form with 24 individual winners including six stakes winners and another seven stakes placed.

They include his unbeaten English Derby (Eng-I) favorite Motivator, winner of the recent Dante Stakes (Eng-II) at York and the 2004 Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I) at two.

His other stakes winners are French Derby favorite Hurricane Run, Staglelight, King's Quay, Ayam Zaman and Biens Nanti. Other hopefuls include group I placed pair Walk In The Park and Dash To The Top, and Dante third Falstaff.

Montjeu's oldest New Zealand breds are two, Gallant Guru stakes placed in South Australia from a handful of runners.

Montjeu dominated Europe at three and four, the Sadler's Wells son winning six group I races, including the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, French and Irish Derbys in his classic year and the King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.