Martinborough to take up stallion duties at Haras de Grandcamp
He becomes the first son of Deep Impact to stand in France
Haras de Grandcamp will become the first French stud to stand son of Japanese supersire Deep Impact when Martinborough arrives in Normandy later this month.
A Grade 3 winner for owner Kazumi Yoshida and trainer Yasuo Tomomichi, the eight-year-old is out of the Nureyev mare Halwa's Song, an unraced half-sister to Prix Vermeille heroine Mezzo Soprano.
Laurent Benoit of the Broadhurst Agency brokered the deal, which will see Martinborough stand at a fee of €4,000.
Benoit said the purchase of the Northern Farm-bred horse concluded a long search for a stallion bearing the imprint of Deep Impact, whose few representatives in Europe have already produced 2012 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Beauty Parlour and leading Classic hopeful Akihiro, who landed the Prix des Chenes last September for the Wertheimer Brothers and Andre Fabre.
"The interest was in acquiring a stallion from the line of Sunday Silence and of course a son of Deep Impact," said Benoit. "He certainly carries the stamp of his sire. He sired 28 Group 1 winners last year and it is a bloodline that we don't have in Europe. I've spent two years looking for a potential deal to bring a son of Deep Impact here.
"Martinborough is extremely well-bred on the dam's side as well and carries the blood of Nureyev and Blushing Groom. It is certainly their speed which accounts for the fact that he proved best at around 2,000 metres (a mile and a quarter), all of which makes him more than interesting."
Martinborough is currently in quarantine and is due to arrive in Europe via Amsterdam on January 17.
Grandcamp's owner and driving force, Eric L'Hermite, will have taken little convincing as to the merit of Japanese bloodlines, given he already stands Europe's 2011 Champion juvenile Dabirsim, a son of Hat Trick.
The stud was also recently announced as the new home of Dream Ahead, recently arrived from Ballylinch.
Reflecting on the timing of the acquisition, Benoit said: "Mid-January is a bit tight but I was a little late in securing him and then there is the quarantine but, I hope he will still attract some good covers this year. Eric and I have been working together for a while now and I have sent Zanzibari and Linda's Lad to Grandcamp, where they both worked out well."
Two sons of Deep Impact themselves made promising starts at stud in 2016.
Shadai's 2012 Derby winner Deep Brillante was the third most successful first-crop sire with 18 individual winners, while Tosen Homareboshi boasted 11 winners from his base at the Breeders Stallion Station.