Montjeu Again and Again (and Again)
Written by Alan Porter 1 | Oct 01, 2009 |
Jukebox Jury, a group winner at two and three, notched his first win at the highest level when capturing the Preis Von Europe (gr. I). Out of Mare Aux Fees, he is one of two stakes winners from only four foals by Montjeu out of mares by Kenmare (and rated A++ by TrueNicks), a pattern that gives inbreeding to Zeddaan, the grandsire of Kenmare, and of the third dam of Montjeu. Jukebox Jury's second dam is by Irish River, so brings in the Never Bend strain that is so frequently found in major winners from the Sadler's Wells line.
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Montjeu's son, St. Nicholas Abbey, established himself as the favorite for next year's English Derby (gr. I) with a win in the Beresford Stakes (gr. II). A half-brother to the Sunset Handicap (gr. II) and San Gabriel Handicap (gr. II) victor Grammarian, St. Nicholas Abbey is out of Leaping Water, a daughter of Sure Blade (TrueNicks rated A++). This is the first stakes winner for Montjeu out of a Sharpen Up line mare, but Sharpen Up also appears in the pedigree of Montjeu classic winners Motivator and Hurricane Run, as well as Motivator's group winner brother MacArthur.
The other Montjeu two-year-old group winner was Joshua Tree, who took the Royal Lodge Stakes (gr. II). He is out of the Grand Lodge mare Madeira Mist, with a second dam by Shirley Heights (Never Bend again). Grand Lodge is by Chief's Crown, so this is another version of the emerging Sadler's Wells/Danzig cross (and rated A++).