Pour Moi

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Pour Moi
Racing silks of Susan Magnier.svg
Racing silks of Susan Magnier
Sire Montjeu
Grandsire Sadler's Wells
Dam Gwynn
Damsire Darshaan
Sex Stallion
Foaled 10 January 2008
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder Lynch Bages, Ltd.
Owner Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
Trainer André Fabre
Record 5:3-0-1
Earnings £798,893[1]
Major wins
Prix Greffulhe (2011)
Epsom Derby (2011)
Last updated on 5 June 2011

Pour Moi (foaled 10 January 2008) is an Irish-bred and French-trained thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from September 2010 to June 2011 he ran five times and won three races. He is most noted for winning the 2011 Epsom Derby. His career was ended by injury before he could run again and he was retired to stud.

Background[edit]

Pour Moi a bay horse with a white blaze who stands 15.3 hands high[2] was bred in Ireland by Lynch Bages Ltd. Pour Moi is one of many top-class middle-distance horses and stayers sired by Montjeu. Others include the Derby winners Authorized and Motivator, the St Leger winners Scorpion and Masked Marvel and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Hurricane Run.[3] Pour Moi is one of four winners produced by the mare Gwynn: her previous best runner was the Prix Penelope winner Gagnoa. Pour Moi was trained at Chantilly by André Fabre.

Racing career[edit]

2010: two-year-old season[edit]

Pour Moi made his first racecourse appearance in a 1600m race at Fontainebleau in September 2010. He started slowly and was not given a hard race by his rider Damien Mescam, finishing eighth of the ten runners.[4] A month later, Pour Moi started at odds of 15/1 in the Prix des Feuillants at Longchamp. Ridden on this occasion by Mickael Barzalona, he was settled in fourth place before producing a strong finish to win by a neck from the odds-on favourite Oppenort.[5]

2011: three-year-old season[edit]

Pour Moi made his three-year-old debut in the Prix La Force over 2100m at Longchamp in April. He did not settle in the early stages but finished well to finish third to Baraan and Prairie Star.[6] He came into Derby consideration with his performance in the Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud on 7 May. After being last in the early running he was switched to the outside in the straight and overtook the entire field to win by one and a half lengths.[7]

He was made second-favourite for the 4 June 2011 Derby behind Queen Elizabeth II's Dante Stakes winner Carlton House. In the race, he again settled in last place, and was still several lengths off the lead with a furlong to go. However, he unleashed a significant burst of speed over the last furlong to beat Treasure Beach by a head, with 5/2 favourite Carlton House third. Pour Moi was ridden by 19-year-old French jockey Mickael Barzalona, who stood up in the saddle in celebration just prior to the winning post. The Epsom stewards issued Barzalona with a warning for his behaviour as well as giving him a one-day ban for excessive use of the whip.[8] The win made Pour Moi the first French-trained winner of the Derby since Empery in 1976.[9]

Injury and retirement[edit]

Fabre rested Pour Moi after his Derby win until August when the trainer began to work him in preparation for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October 2011, a race for which he was favourite.[10] However, while exercising on 26 August he "badly over-reached himself on his off-fore", suffering a serious leg injury.[11] He was retired from racing as a result, becoming the first Derby winner never to run again since Secreto in 1984.[12]

Race record[edit]

Date Race Dist (f) Course Class Prize (£K) Odds Runners Placing Margin Time Jockey Trainer
23 September 2010 Prix des Lievres 8 Fontainebleau 5 7/2 10 8 9 1:42.00 Damien Mescam Andre Fabre
24 October 2010 Prix des Feuillants 9 Longchamp 15 15/1 5 1 Neck 1:55.60 Mickael Barzalona Andre Fabre
10 April 2011 Prix La Force 10.5 Longchamp 3 34 12/1 5 3 1.5 2:15.30 Mickael Barzalona Andre Fabre
7 May 2011 Prix Greffulhe 10 Saint-Cloud 2 64 12/1 9 1 1.5 2:03.20 Mickael Barzalona Andre Fabre
4 June 2011 Derby 12 Epsom 1 710 4/1 13 1 Head 2:34.54 Mickael Barzalona Andre Fabre

Stud career[edit]

Pour Moi was retired to the Coolmore Stud's Irish base. His stud fee for 2012 was set at €20,000.[2] In his second season at stud he sired The Derby winner Wings of Eagles.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Pour Moi (IRE), bay stallion, 2008
Sire
Montjeu (IRE)
1996
Sadler’s Wells
1981
Northern Dancer* Nearctic
Natalma
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason
Special
Floripedes
1985
Top Ville High Top
Sega Ville
Toute Cy Tennyson
Adele Toumignon
Dam
Gwynn (IRE)
1997
Darshaan
1981
Shirley Heights Mill Reef
Hardiemma
Delsy Abdos
Kelty
Victoress
1984
Conquistador Cielo Mr. Prospector
K D Princess
Royal Statute Northern Dancer*
Queen's Statute (Family: 22)

Pour Moi is inbred 3x4 to Northern Dancer. This means that the stallion appears in both the third and fourth generations of his pedigree.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pour Moi". Racing Post. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Stallions: Pour Moi". Coolmore. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Montjeu Stud record". Racing Post. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Results from the 11.07 race at FONTAINEBLEAU (FR) - 23 September 2010". Racing Post. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Results from the 12.35 race at LONGCHAMP (FR) - 24 October 2010". Racing Post. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Results from the 2.40 race at LONGCHAMP (FR) - 10 April 2011". Racing Post. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Results from the 5.35 race at SAINT-CLOUD (FR) - 7 May 2011". Racing Post. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/63399/pour-moi-takes-english-derby-in-thriller
  9. ^ Keogh, Frank (4 June 2011). "Pour Moi triumphs in thrilling Derby". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Cook, Chris (27 August 2011). "Pour Moi's racing career ends during turmoil in Arc betting market". The Guardian. London. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ Armytage, Marcus (27 August 2011). "Derby winner Pour Moi retired after suffering serious injury". The Daily Telegraph. London. 

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