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Sire Königsstuhl
Grandsire Dschingis Khan
Dam Mosella
Damsire Surumu
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1990
Country Germany
Colour Bay
Breeder Gestüt Isarland
Owner Baron Georg von Ullmann
Trainer Heinz Jentzsch
Earnings $1.7 million[1]
Major wins
Frühjahrs Dreijährigen-Preis (1993)
Grosser Hertie-Preis (1993)
Aral-Pokal (1993)
Preis von Europa (1993, 1994)
Gerling-Preis (1994, 1995)
Hansa-Preis (1995)
Champion sire of Germany (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)

Monsun (1990 – 9 September 2012) was a bay Thoroughbred racehorse and stallion bred in Germany by Gestüt Isarland and owned by Baron Georg von Ullmann.


Monsun was a son of Germany's first triple crown winner and champion racehorse and sire Königsstuhl, a descendant of the influential sire, Bahram.[2] Monsun's dam was Mosella, who was sired by Surumu,[3] a multi champion racehorse.[4]

Monsun was a strong, 16.1hh and attractive horse.[5] He was a high-class middle-distance racehorse, who was particularly effective on rain-affected surface.[5] His trainer was Heinz Jentzsch.[1]

He was blind at his later life.[6] He died after an acute neurological disease at the age of 22 on 9 September 2012.[1][7]


Monsun was a very tough competitor who acted on both soft and firm ground. He started his career at three years.[1] He won 12 of his 23 races, including three Group 1 races, Aral Pokal at three and Europa Preis at three and four.[8] He also finished second to then less-fancied stable companion Lando in the 1993 Deutsches Derby.[9]

Stud record[edit]

Monsun retired in 1996 and began his stud duty at Gestüt Schlenderhan near Cologne.[1][10] At stud, he proved a revelation and sired several champion colts and fillies.[9][11] In 2007, the fee for his stud service was 120,000.[12] In 2010, he became one of Europe's four most expensive sires.[13]

Monsun sired a total of 713 foals, 108 of whom are stakes winners, with strike rate of 15%.[1] He was named as leading sire in Germany for four times.[14] His notable sons are Shirocco, 2005 German Horse of the Year and winner of the 2004 Deutsches Derby and 2005 Breeders' Cup Turf, and Manduro who was ranked #1 in the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings for 2007.[15][16] Other offspring, Stacelita, is the 2011 Eclipse Award winner.[17] One of his early offsprings, Samum, was the winner of the 2000 Deutsches Derby.[8] Another son Pik König also won the derby.[4] On 20 June 2013, his daughter Estimate (out of Ebaziya) won the Ascot Gold Cup for Queen Elizabeth II.[2] In 2013 his son Fiorente beat an international quality field to win the 3200 metre Melbourne Cup. In 2014, his son Protectionist also won the Melbourne Cup. In 2016 his son Almandin trained by Robert Hickmott also won the Melbourne Cup.

Monsun is also the broodmare sire of Pastorius, a German racehorse who won several G1 races in Germany and France.[11] and Sea The Moon, the 2014 Deutsches Derby winner.[18]


Pedigree of Monsun (GER) 1990[3]
Königsstuhl (GER) 1976
Dschingis Khan (GER) 1961 Tamerlane Persian Gulf
Eastern Princess
Donna Diana Neckar
Königskrönung (GER) 1965 Tiepoletto Tornado
Scarlet Skies
Krönung Olymp
Mosella (GER) 1985
Surumu (GER) 1974 Literat Birkhahn
Surama Reliance II
Monasia (GER) 1979 Authi Aureole
Monacensia Kaiseradler


  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Sun Has Set: Monsun Dies at 22". BloodHorse. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Porter, Alan (20 June 2013). "Royal Ascot Day 3: Fit for a Queen". True Nicks. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Ken McLean (2006). Designing Speed in the Racehorse. The Russell Meerdink Company Ltd. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-929346-80-9. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Morris, Tony (8 July 2004). "Shirocco another success story for Classic blend". The Racing Post. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Morris, Tony (4 July 2000). "German staying power on march". The Racing Post. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Miller, Tony (10 July 2008). "German Derby big boost for Samum". The Racing Post. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Estimate a 4th GR1 winner for Ebaziya". The Irish Field. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Morris, Tony (25 May 2006). "Pedigree analysis Monsun marches on courtesy of Gentlewave". The Racing Post. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Leading German sire Monsun dies at 22". Paulick Report. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Miller, Steve (22 October 2011). "Monsun". Chef-de-Race. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Sparkman, John P. (1 May 2013). "Germany in the midst of breeding renaissance". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Pride in line for first date with top European sire Monsun". The Racing Post. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  13. ^ de Moubray, Jocelyn (3 May 2010). "Are the right criteria used to judge new sires?". The Racing Post. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Monsun Sires 100th Stakes Winner". BloodHorse. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Darley snares Manduro for stud duty". Racing and Sports. 21 August 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Champion Manduro to Join Darley Stallion Roster". BloodHorse. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Leading German Sire Monsun Dies". BloodHorse. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Sea The Moon". Retrieved 10 July 2014.