‘Eagles’ Returns To Birthplace

By Daithi Harvey

 This year’s G1 Investec Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles (Fr) (Pour Moi {Ire}-Ysoldina {Fr}), by Kendor {Fr}) will return to his birthplace of Haras de Montaigu to take up stallion duties in 2018. The handsome 3-year-old belied his 40/1 odds to beat stable-mate Cliffs Of Moher (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the Epsom showpiece in June, emulating his own sire Pour Moi’s wining performance in 2011. The Aidan O’Brien trained colt proved that win was no fluke when going down narrowly to Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Cracksman in the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby despite suffering a career ending injury durng the race. Wings Of Eagles was purchased from his breeders Gilles and Aliette Forien as a yearling at Arqana by MV Magnier for €220,000 and his dam Ysoldina was graded stakes placed on multiple occasions including when third in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches in 2005. His yearling half-sister by Kingman (GB) sold for €750,000 at Arqana in August and his repatriation is another boost for French breeding following the stallion additions to Haras de Bouquetot as mentioned opposite. Wings Of Eagles is the first Epsom Derby winner to retire directly to stud in France in over 60 years and Haras de Montaigu’s Sybile Gibson said, “With his magnificent physique and pedigree, which combines the class and stamina of Montjeu with the precocity and speed of Kendor, and his racing performances, Wings Of Eagles has all the attributes to become a leading stallion like Galileo, Sea The Stars, New Approach and High Chaparral, all Derby winners.” Wings Of Eagles will stand in conjunction with Coolmore Stud and a covering fee of €12,000 has been set.

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