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Major coup for the New Zealand breeding industry

The winner of three successive Gr.1 races at his last three starts including the Ascot Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Charm Spirit, highest earning son of boom sire Invincible Spirit, has been secured to join the stallion roster at Windsor Park Stud.

Following only world champion Kingman (Invincible Spirit) in the 3YO mile category (Turf) on the 2014 World Thoroughbred Rankings, Charm Spirit won six races and over €1.4 million from nine starts as a two and three year old. His wins included successive Group One victories at 1600m on his final three racetrack appearances after which he was retired to stud.

Gr.1 placed as a 2YO, Charm Spirit won five times at three and signed off a stellar career with a brace of Gr.1 victories against older horses over 1600m. In France he proved too strong for multiple Gr.1 winner Toronado in the Prix Du Moulin de Longchamp, the third highest rated Gr.1 mile race (Turf) in the world in 2014. On his racetrack finale, on British Champions Day at Ascot, he defeated English 2000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes to confirm his position among the leaders of his exceptional generation.

"Charm Spirit is a cracking stallion prospect and we're very proud to join with Sheikh Fahad and the Royal Family of Qatar to make him available on our stallion roster at Windsor Park", said Windsor Park co-owner Rodney Schick.

Charm Spirit is the highest earning son of champion sire Invincible Spirit who stands for €100,000 at the Irish National Stud and whose yearlings sold up to €1.1 million last year.

"We have been looking for a stallion with the right race record, pedigree and physicality. In Charm Spirit I believe we've found that horse, one which will particularly suit the Australasian conditions and marketplace where his sireline is performing so well", added Schick.

Invincible Spirit's sire sons include rising star I Am Invincible, whose yearlings sold up to $750,000 at the 2015 Sydney Easter Yearling Sales and whose oldest progeny include 3YO sprint sensation Brazen Beau, winner of this seasons Gr.1 Newmarket Handicap and recently syndicated for $10 million.

Other young sire-sons of Invincible Spirit include French Derby winner Lawman, sire of classic winner Just The Judge and Zebedee, a leading First Season sire in Great Britain in 2014.

A Champion Sire of 2YO's, Invincible Spirit is a Danzig line stallion through his sire Green Desert and has sired 87 stakes winners to date. Aside from Charm Spirit, they include 2014 European Horse Of The Year and Champion 3YO Kingman and the champion racemare and six-times Gr.1 winner Moonlight Cloud.

Charm Spirit comes from the family of champion Australian sires Encosta De Lago (106 SW), Flying Spur (94 SW) and leading young sire Holy Roman Emperor (50 SW, sire of 2015 Australian Derby and New Zealand Derby winner Mongolian Khan and Hong Kong superstar Designs On Rome etc).

Charm Spirit is out of the dual metropolitan-winning racemare L'Enjoleuse, a daughter of champion sire and leading young broodmare sire Montjeu (Sadler's Wells).

Assigned a Timeform a rating of 127, Charm Spirit was inspected in Europe late last year by leading New Zealand bloodstock agent Bruce Perry who described Charm Spirit as a "magnificent individual with a great temperament. He is masculine and full of quality".

After inspecting Charm Spirit, Perry approached Qatar Racing manager David Redvers to help him secure the stallion for the New Zealand breeding industry. Redvers commented:

"Charm Spirit gave Sh. Fahad, his brothers and father Sh. Abdullah their greatest ever day on a racecourse when winning the Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot on Qipco British Champions Day in October. That day he beat the best milers in Europe and did so convincingly. He is one of the most exciting horses to retire in the World this year and we are delighted to continue to support the New Zealand industry by sending him to Windsor Park."

Charm Spirit will stand for a service fee of $25,000 + GST with a Live Foal Guarantee.



CHARM SPIRIT

(Invincible Spirit ex L'Enjoleuse by Montjeu)

Factfile:

·Won three successive Gr.1 races at his last three starts

·Second highest rated 3YO in the world (2014 World Thoroughbred Rankings ) at 1600m on turf - to Kingman (Invincible Spirit)

·Won (at 3 against all ages) the third highest ranked turf 1600m Gr.1 race in the world (2014 Prix Du Moulin de Longchamp) and the (2014 Gr.1 Ascot Queen Elizabeth II Stakes., recent winners incl. Frankel & Rip Van Winkle)

·2014 World Thoroughbred Rankings rated equal to Chautauqua, (It's A) Dundeel, Olympic Glory and ahead of Dissident,Toronado, Adelaide, Sacred Falls, etc.

·9 starts – 6 wins (3 x Gr.1, 2 x Gr.3), once second (on debut), once third (Gr.1), once 5th (Gr.1)

·Won €1.4 million

·Highest earning son of his boom sire Invincible Spirit

·From the outstanding international family of champion Australian sires Encosta De Lago, Flying Spur and leading young sireHoly Roman Emperor (sire of 2015 Australian Derby and New Zealand Derby winner Mongolian Khan and Hong Kong superstar Designs On Rome etc.).

Race record:

·At 23rd Gr.1 Longchamp Jean Luc Lagadere, winner (Longchamp Prix Des Melezes) and 2nd from 3 starts

·At 3Triple Gr.1 winner inc. Ascot Queen Elizabeth 11 S., 1600m, Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (3rd highest rated Gr.1 1600m race in the world 2014), Chantilly Prix Jean Prat, 1600m & dual Gr.3 winner at 1400m, 1600m and once 5th (Gr.1 English 2000 Guineas, 1600m) from 6 starts

·At 3 - twice beat older horses when winning two Gr.1 1600m races - Ascot Queen Elizabeth 11 S. (beating English 2000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder) & Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (beating multiple Gr.1 winner Toronado)

·At 3 also won Gr.1 Chantilly Prix Jean Prat, 1600m (beating classic placed stakes winner Shifting Power).

·Timeform Rating 127

·Rated higher than his champion sire

Pedigree:

Sire - Invincible Spirit (Green Desert)

·Champion Sprinter and highly commercial sire (2014 yearlings sold up to €1.1 million)

·Gr.1 winner of 7 races from 2-5yrs incl. Haydock Sprint Cup, 1200m

·Champion Sire of 2YO's

·Sire of 87 SW, 8% SW/Starters incl.

oKingman (2014 European Horse Of The Year, 2014 European Champion 3YO, 4 X Gr.1)

oMoonlight Cloud (Champion racemare, Champion Sprinter, 6 x Gr.1 winner)

oCharm Spirit (TFR 127, 3 x Gr.1 winner)

oLawman (French Derby, leading young sire)

·2015 service fee €100,000

·By champion sire and sire of sires Green Desert (Danzig), 11% SW/starters, sire of 94 SW (12 Gr.1) incl.

oOasis Dream (Champion 2YO, Champion Sprinter, 92 SW, 12% SW/Starters)

oCape Cross (92 SW, Sea The Stars, Ouija Board, Seachange, Able One etc)

oVolksraad (eight-times champion sire, 64 SW)

oInvincible Spirit (86 SW) etc

·Out of Gr.1 French Oaks winner Rafha

·Sire sons incl.

oI Am Invincible – Australian Champion First Season Sire (oldest 3YO's, sire of 2014/15 dual Gr.1 winner Brazen Beau {Newmarket H, Coolmore Stud S.}, 2015 yearlings sold to $750,000)

oZebedee – A European Leading First Season Sire

oLawman – French Derby winner and leading young sire of dual Gr.1 winner Just The Judge (Gr.1 Irish 1000 Guineas) and Most Improved (Gr.1 Royal Ascot St James's Palace S.).

oKingman – 2014 European Horse Of The Year & Champion 3YO

oCharm Spirit – 3-time Gr.1-winning miler etc.

Damsire - Montjeu (Sadler's Wells)

·Champion racehorse and champion sire of 116 SW (10% SW/Starters)

·Leading young broodmare sire of 21 SW incl. Gr.1 winners Charm Spirit, Lucia Valentina, Obviously, Parish Hall, etc.

Granddam sire - Machiavellian (Mr Prospector)

·Champion European 2YO, sire of 71 SW, 13% SW/Starters

·Sire sons incl.

oStreet Cry (89 SW, 16 Gr.1, 8% SW/Starters, 2015 yearlings sold to $1 million)

·Damsire of

oShamardal (sire of 13 Gr.1 winners incl. Able Friend)

Family:

·Dam dual winner L'Enjoleuse (Montjeu) defeated subsequent Gr.1 Irish Oaks and Gr.1 Prix de Vermeille winner Shawanda on debut

·From the outstanding international family of champion Australian sires Encosta De Lago (106 SW) and Flying Spur (94 SW) and leading young sire Holy Roman Emperor (50 SW incl. Mongolian Khan {2015 Australian Derby, 2015 New Zealand Derby},Designs On Rome {2014 Hong Kong Derby, 2014 Hong Kong Cup} etc.)

·Closely related to Fanfreluche (Horse Of The Year, Champion filly), Snaadee (damsire of 2014/15 dual Gr.1 winner Brazen Beauetc), Ransom O'War (Gr.1)

Quotes:

"A good-looking, masculine colt who has proven to be a very tough, versatile and high-class performer: one who acts on any going. He seems to have all of the attributes to be a successful stallion."

Timeform

"I was very taken with Charm Spirit when I saw him in Europe late last year and since that time have worked hard to secure him for the New Zealand breeding industry. He is a magnificent individual, correct and full of quality and I couldn't be more excited for the breeders here."

Bruce Perry, leading international bloodstock agent

"Charm Spirit gave Sh. Fahad, his brothers and father, Sh. Abdullah, their greatest ever day on a racecourse when winning the Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot on Qipco British Champions Day in October. That day he beat the best milers in Europe and did so convincingly. He has made a fantastic start to his stud career at Tweenhills with a jammed first book of exceptional mares and is tremendously fertile with a superb temperament. He is one of the most exciting horses to retire in the World this year and we are delighted to continue to support the NZ industry by sending him to Windsor Park."

David Redvers, Qatar Racing manager



Charm Spirit will stand for a service fee of $25,000 + GST with a Live Foal Guarantee.

Click on the following link to watch Charm Spirit beating highclass Gr.1 winners Toronado (Sussex S. & Queen Anne S.) and Night Of Thunder (English 2000 Guineas) in the 2014 Gr.1Prix du Moulin de Longchamp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=59aShGvZ_cs


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