The first Southern Hemisphere-bred foal of European champion Montjeu was born Aug. 6 at Bloomsbury Stud's New Zealand farm in Matamata. The rich bay filly is from the Gone West mare No Reserve, who is owned by Phillip Freedman of the United Kingdom. Freedman is the owner of Cliveden Stud in England and is the upcoming president of the English Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.
Bloomsbury manager Ric Wylie is not surprised by the quality of the filly given the extremely good reports he has received from Europe on Montjeu's first crop of Northern Hemisphere-bred foals.
"The filly born at Bloomsbury today is an absolute quality foal. She has lived up to all of the reports I've had from overseas on Montjeu's foals,' Wylie said.
Montjeu, by Sadler's Wells, stood his first Southern Hemisphere season at Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge last year, covering around 120 mares. He will be returning to Nelson and Sue Schick's farm this year.