MontjeuMontjeu (le-cheval-bleu)Nineteen individual Stakes winners in Europe took Montjeu to the top of the list, his collection headed by Gr.1 winners Authorized and Scorpion, plus four other Group winners, while 13 others scored at Listed level. His sire, Sadler’s Wells, was two behind on 17, with Listen, Saddex and Yeats winning at the top level, and two further two-year-olds, Curtain Call and Gagnoa, amongst his seven other Group winners.

Danehill Dancer sired 15 European Stakes winners last season, from larger crops than the leading pair. He had no winners at Gr.1 level, his best runners being Gr.2 winners Anna Pavlova, Jeremy and Lizard Island, but he again did well with his juveniles, with five scoring at Group or Listed level.

Danehill shared fourth spot on 14 with Monsun, whose progeny included Le Miracle, Manduro and Schiaparelli, winners of seven Gr.1 races between them in 2007, plus four other Group winners and seven Listed winners. With a smaller crop of three-year-olds than those a year older or younger, Galileo still sired 11 Stakes winners in Europe in 2007, headed by top level scorers Allegretto, Champion Two-Year-Old New Approach and Soldier of Fortune, plus three other Gr.2/3 winners. He shared sixth place with former Darley sire In The Wings, whose progeny had an excellent year, courtesy of Gr.1 winners Adlerflug and Soldier Hollow, while his five other Group winners included McCartney – one of a final crop of just eight foaled in 2005.

Extract from European Bloodstock News 6 January 2008