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Montjeu

Montjeu
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Montjeu at the 1999 Japan Cup
Sire Sadler's Wells
Dam Floripedes
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Top Ville
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1996
Country Ireland
Color Brown
Breeder Sir James Goldsmith
Owner Laure Boulay de la Meurthe
Michael Tabor (at age 2)
Trainer John E. Hammond
Record 16: 11-2-0
Earnings $2,062,822
Summary
Montjeu is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Floripedes by Sadler's Wells. He was born around 1996 in Ireland, and was bred by Sir James Goldsmith.
Major wins
Prix Isonomy (1998)
Prix Greffulhe (1999)
Prix du Jockey Club (1999)
Irish Derby (1999)
Prix Niel (1999)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1999)
Tattersalls Gold Cup (2000)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2000)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (2000)
Prix Foy (2000)
Awards
European Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1999)
#1 - International Classification for 3-Yr-Olds (1999)
#1 - World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings (2000)
Timeform rating: 137
Leading sire in France (2005)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Montjeu (born 1996) is a thoroughbred horse racing World Champion colt and sire of champions. Sired by Sadler's Wells from the dam Floripedes, Montjeu is a grandson of Northern Dancer.

Bred by Sir James Goldsmith, Montjeu was named for his owner's chateau outside Autun in France. Goldsmith died in 1997 before the colt began racing and his ownership went to a holding company owned by Laure Boulay de la Meurthe, mother of two of Goldsmith's children. After two starts, she sold the colt to Michael Tabor and Montjeu went on to be unbeaten as a two-year-old. Trained by John E. Hammond and ridden by Michael Kinane, at age three Montjeu won 1999's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Irish Derby, the Prix du Jockey Club and was voted that year's Cartier Three-Year-Old European Champion Colt and World Champion.

Montjeu raced successfully at age four and earned honors as Champion older horse in Europe. In 2000, his victories included the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a performance that had to be seen to be believed in comfortably beating a high class field without breaking sweat, Tattersalls Gold Cup, and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

After 16 lifetime racing starts, a record of 11-2–0, and a Timeform rating of 137, Montjeu was retired to Coolmore Stud in Ireland 2001. He is already one of the top sires in the world and has produced several noted champions:

As of June 30, 2009, he had produced 12 individual Group 1 winners and 62 Stakes placed horses

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