The result of the Group One Grand Prix de Paris on Sunday, was another salute to the greatness of SADLER’S WELLS. The winner was a grandson (by MONTJEU), the runner up was a son, and third was a grandson by HIGH CHAPARRAL. What is really illuminating though, was the statement in the European Bloodstock News, in the aftermath, that the winner might possibly be the greatest racehorse in the world;
1. MONTMARTRE (Fr), 3c, Montjeu – Artistique
3. MAGADAN (Ire), 3c, High Chaparral – Molasses
Montmartre . The highest point of Paris and home to the Sacre Coeur, a wonder of pure white where millions from around the globe flock to pay homage. In eleven weeks time, Montmartre will be the subject of mass pilgrimage. But the venue will be Longchamp and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the inspiration will not be of stone, but the niveous wonder of horse flesh bearing the same name. For Montmartre is quite possibly the greatest racehorse in the world.
Tracking the strong gallop set by two pacemakers, the silver son of Montjeu quickened in breathtaking fashion at the 400 metre pole and surged clear with daylight his sole pursuer and jockey Christophe Soumillon blowing kisses to the crowd. An easy winner of last month’s Gr.3 Prix du Lys having become extremely upset in the preliminaries to the Prix du Jockey-Club, Montmartre is one of fifteen Graded/Group winners from the 430 named Northern Hemisphere foals aged three and over by Coolmore’s World Champion Three- Year-Old Montjeu.
He is the eighth to triumph at the highest level, joining such as the Classic heroes Authorized, Frozen Fire, Hurricane Run, Motivator and Scorpion, while Montjeu’s seven Antipodean Group winners feature the Gr.1 AJC Australian Derby ace Nom Du Jeu.