Two More Additions To Bouquetot

By Daithi Harvey

Haras de Bouquetot have further strengthened their stallion roster with the announcement that both Brametot (Ire) (Rajsaman {Fr}-Morning Light {Ger}, by Law Society) and Ectot (GB) (Hurricane Run {Ire}-Tonnara {Ire}, by Linamix {Fr}) will retire to the Al Shaqab owned stud for 2018. Brametot, who will stand for a fee of €10,000 and whose pedigree is free of Sadler’s Wells, Danzig or Nasrullah bloodlines, was a smart 2-year-old last year winning a listed race at Bordeaux and he announced his 2017 Classic aspirations with a smooth win in the G3 Prix de Fontainebleau at Chantilly in April. The Jean-Claude Rouget trained 3-year-old then notched up a significant Classic double when he won both the G1 Abu Dhabi Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Deauville and the G1 QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly prompting his rider Cristian Demuro to say, “This is where Brametot showed his true colours, those of a champion. When a horse is in front of him, he wants to beat him at all costs. He won as a fighter.” Brametot carried the silks of Al Shaqab Racing Gerard Augustin-Normand and he signed off his racing career with a sixth place finish in the G1 QIPCO Champion S. at Ascot while he retires with a race record of 10-6-1 for earnings of €1,503,838.

In contrast Ectot has raced for four seasons and after a top flight career in France under Elle Lellouche where he won the G1 Criterium International at Saint Cloud as a 2-year-old and the G2 Qatar Prix Niel as a 3-year-old, he was transferred to America to race for Todd Pletcher. The highlight of his stint under Pletcher’s tutelage was a five length beating of MGISW Flintshire (GB) (Dansili {GB}) in the GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic S. at Belmont last year. “From the day Ectot arrived in my stable he was a consistent professional and displayed a high level of enthusiasm for his job,” said Pletcher. “To get a G1 win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic was a great feat, but to beat Flintshire, who many regarded as one of the best turf horses to race in America in the last 10 years, by five lengths was an unforgettable moment,” he added. Ectot is a half-brother to Group 1 winner and first season sire Most Improved (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}) and he signs of with a record of 15-7-2-1 and earnings of €634,429. He will enter stud at a covering fee of €5,000.

“We are delighted to welcome two new stallion prospects as Brametot and Ectot in addition to our three new recruits for 2018, Al Wukair, Toronado and Zelzal,” said Benoit Jeffroy, Haras de Bouquetot’s Stud Manager. “They all have a different profile, and will offer a great choice to all breeders in France and in Europe,” he added.

Both stallions will stand as a joint venture between Al Shaqab and Haras de Montfort Preaux, whose representative Matthieu Alex said, “Both Brametot and Ectot have brought us a lot of emotions during their racing career, and we are now most enthusiastic about each of them taking up their stud duties at Haras de Bouquetot. We’ll be supporting them both and our team will be joining forces with the Al Shaqab Racing team to answer the breeders’ demands as best as we can.”

 

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