Teaser stallion turned sire tastes Group success at Saint-Cloud
Tiberius Caesar's son landed the Prix d’Hedouville over 1m4f
After a weekend dominated by the progeny of Galileo and speedball mares such as Meow and Laddies Poker Two, dams of 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill and 1,000 Guineas winner Winter respectively, on Monday at Saint-Cloud there was a timely reminder that sometimes breeding can be as much about accident as design.
The Alain Couetil-trained Tiberian made a belated Group race breakthrough when the five-year-old landed the Group 3 Prix d’Hedouville over 1m4f, and in the process provided his sire, the unheralded Tiberius Caesar, with a first Group success at stud.
Tiberius Caesar may have now sired a multiple stakes winner from his base at Haras du Logis, but he has never stood at an advertised fee or received much in the way of support, having arrived at Darley’s base at Louvieres en Auge as a teaser stallion having been picked up from a claiming race for around €8,000.
Tiberian only came into existance as the result of Tiberius Caesar being allowed to cover the Listed-placed Marju mare Tomasina to help maintain his libido at the end of a busy 2011 breeding season.
Despite his unconventional pedigree Tiberian has gone on to win four of his 14 starts, including a Listed event at Saint-Cloud in late-March. Although his success has not come as a complete surprise, as Hara du Logis manager Julian Ince once explained.
“We always rated him as the best foal and yearling on the farm,” he said. “He was just outstanding, so we decided to send him into training with Alain Couetil, who has given him plenty of time. He didn't run at two but has progressed fabulously and given us great excitement.”
Covering mares may be a secondary concern for Tiberius Caeser, but that has not stopped him supplying three winners from as many runners, although another of his sons, Magnentius, could only finish tenth in race five at Saint-Cloud on Monday.