'THE FAST STAYER'
- Sire of G2 winners & G1 runners-up HAWKSHOT & STARS OF CARRUM
- 2YO SW & Group placed 3YO POWER SCHEME & G3 winner MOOR GAIT
- 3YO SW COUSIN IVAN
- 2020 VOBIS Sires’ Guineas winner FLORENT
- Yearlings have sold up to $320,000
- Won Melbourne Cup, Australian Cup & WFA Feehan Stakes over 1600m
- Timeform rated 125 & winner of over $6.2 million
- By the breed shaping MONSUN: 79% w/r, 22 G1 winners, 113 SWs – 1 in 7 ‘foals’ are SWs!
Champion Stayer. Timeform Rated 127. $6,625,611.
VRC Australian Cup-G1 (2000m)
MVRC Dato Tan Chin Nam (wfa)-G2 (1600m)
MRC Peter Young S-G2 (1800m)
Newmarket (UK) Princess of Wales’s S-G2 (2400m)
Ascot King Edward VII S-G2
Goodwood Gordon S-G3
Goodwood Festival S-L
MVRC WS Cox Plate-G1
ATC All Aged Stakes-G1
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|The leading candidate for Horse of the Year honours for 2013-14, Fiorente has demonstrated top-class form over a remarkable range of distances. A Group One performer from 1400m to 3200m, he is a Group scorer at 1600m, 1800m, 2000m, 2400m and 3200m.|
Fiorente is one of the most outstanding sons of the great stallion Monsun. A four-time Champion Sire, Monsun has been represented by Group One winners in Australia, North America, England, France, Germany and Italy. He is also rapidly beginning to make an impact as a sire of sires, with five sons who have sired Group winners, including the Group One sires Manduro and Samum.
Monsun is a complete outcross for the Northern Dancer strain, and we can note that there have already been more than 70 stakes winners on a Monsun/Northern Dancer cross, at least 15 of them group or Group One scorers. Fiorente does have two crosses of Northern Dancer in his dam, but they will be in the sixth generation of his foals, leaving him open to cross with a wide range of Northern Dancer line mares.
The cross with Northern Dancer through Sadler’s Wells particularly appeals here, as it has worked well for Monsun and his sons, and Fiorente is also notable for a double of frequent Sadler’s Wells foil, Mill Reef. Branches of Sadler’s Wells that have proved successful under Monsun includeBarathea, and Singspiel and his sire In the Wings, and this strain could also be introduced through Scenic and his son Blevic; Carnegie; Montjeu; Galileo; High Chaparral; Artie Schiller; Entrepreneur; King of Kings; and Refuse to Bend.
Monsun and sons have also enjoyed success with Sadler’s Wells’ three-quarters brother Nureyev, including through Peintre Celebre and Fasliyev, as well as Pivotal, Theatrical and Wolfhound, and in Australia, this strain might also be sourced through Spinning World (sire of Thorn Park), Stravinsky, Ashkalani, Soviet Star and Starcraft. The success of Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev, would also suggest considering Sadler’s Wells’ brother, Fairy King, with options including Encosta de Lago and sons, and Falbrav.
Another branch of Northern Dancer to prove particularly well-suited to Monsun line stallions is that of Nijinsky II. Here we can note a particularly strong affinity for daughters of Royal Academy (sire of Bel Esprit), as well as successful crosses with mares by Generous (by Caerleon, also sire of Tenby, Corwyn Bay and Alquoz), Hernando (by Niniski, also sire of Kala Dancer), and Green Dancer and his son, Green Tune. This also suggests trying other Nijinsky II line broodmare sires such as Strawberry Road (by Whiskey Road), as well as Serheed, Western Symphony, Copper Kingdom and Yeats (a close relative to Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev). Monsun also sired one of his best runners, Shirocco, out of a mare by Nijinsky II’s three-quarters brother, The Minstrel, and that horse can be found through Palace Music and his son Naturalism, Bakharoff and Masterclass.
Monsun also has a stakes winner out of mare by Bluebird (sire of Dolphin Street and Lake Coniston), a son of Storm Bird, a Northern Dancer line horse closely related to Nijinsky II and The Minstrel. Given this, and noting the success of Monsun with Royal Academy, we should also considering Royal Academy’s close relative, Storm Cat, a son Storm Bird. There are numerous Storm Cat line representatives that have stood in Australia, among them Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg), Giant’s Causeway (and his son Shamardal), Tale of the Cat, Catrail, Giant’s Causeway and High Yield.
Other easily found branches of Northern Dancer that have produced stakes winners by Monsun or his sons include Shareef Dancer (who appeals here, and is in the sire line of General Nediym) and Last Tycoon (who is represented by O’Reilly, Marju, Bigstone, Towkay, Iglesia and Written Tycoon).
Fiorente’s dam has a double of Danzig, but that will be in the fifth generation of Fiorente’s offspring. We can also note that there are already several stakes winners with three crosses of Danzig, making breeding Fiorente back over Danzig line mares a distinct possibility. There are four stakes winners by Monsun and sons out of mares from the Danehill branch of Danzig, two out of daughters of Tiger Hill. Among other representatives of Danehill that might be tried are Fastnet Rock (who particularly appeals, as he is out of a Royal Academy mare); Redoute’s Choice and sons; Flying Spur; Exceed and Excel; Danehill Dancer and his son Choisir; Commands and Rock of Gibraltar. There is also a Monsun line stakes winner out of Danzig grandson, Grand Lodge (by Chief’s Crown), and Anabaa may also work here. One of the Danzig strains in Fiorenti’s pedigree is through a daughter of Green Desert, but we are beginning to see stakes winners with that strain doubled, inviting mares by such as Cape Cross, Invincible Spirit, Desert Sun, Volksraad and Magic Ring. Mares by Green Desert’s three-quarters brother Bertolini might also be interesting.
Despite limited opportunities, the cross of Monsun and his sons with Mr Prospector line mares has proved to be a very productive one. This includes Champion Silasol, out of a mare by Gulch (sire of Thunder Gulch); a stakes winner out of a mare by Zafonic (sire of Xaar), and a Group winner by that horse’s sire, Gone West (also sire of Zamindar, Elusive Quality, Grand Slam and Mr. Greeley). There are two stakes winners, one Group, out of mares by Lycius, a stakes winner out of a mare by Kingmambo (who would be good through King’s Best), and a stakes winner by a son of Monsun out of a mare by Hussonet. Other appealing sources of Mr. Prospector include Machiavellian who is responsible for a stakes winner out of the granddam of Fiorente, and who can be found through Street Cry, Street Sense and Vettori; Distorted Humor; End Sweep; and Fusaichi Pegasus.
The cross of Monsun with Blushing Groom line mares has enjoyed considerable success, and this includes a Group One winner out of a mare by a son of Rainbow Quest, the sire of Quest For Fame and Spectrum, a Group One winner out of a mare by Nashwan, and a group winner out of a mare by Rahy (sire of Fantastic Light).
There are three stakes winners by Monsun and his sons out of mares from the Sharpen Up line, including from mares by Halling and his son Diesis (also sire of Daggers Drawn). Sharpen Up can also be introduced through Famous Star, College Chapel, Keen (a brother to Diesis) and Switch in Time (by Kris, a brother to Diesis). Monsun is also sire of two stakes winners, one group, out of a mare by Don’t Forget Me (by Ahonoora).