Racing silks of Susan Magnier
|Foaled||10 January 2008|
|Breeder||Lynch Bages, Ltd.|
|Owner||Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith|
|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.
Pour Moi a bay horse with a white blaze who stands 15.3 hands high 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. 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.
2010: two-year-old season
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. 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.
2011: three-year-old season
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. 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.
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. The win made Pour Moi the first French-trained winner of the Derby since Empery in 1976.
Injury and retirement
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. However, while exercising on 26 August he "badly over-reached himself on his off-fore", suffering a serious leg injury. He was retired from racing as a result, becoming the first Derby winner never to run again since Secreto in 1984.
|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|
|Fairy Bridge||Bold Reason|
|Top Ville||High Top|
|Shirley Heights||Mill Reef|
|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.
- "Pour Moi". Racing Post. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- "Stallions: Pour Moi". Coolmore. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "Montjeu Stud record". Racing Post. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- "Results from the 11.07 race at FONTAINEBLEAU (FR) - 23 September 2010". Racing Post. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "Results from the 12.35 race at LONGCHAMP (FR) - 24 October 2010". Racing Post. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "Results from the 2.40 race at LONGCHAMP (FR) - 10 April 2011". Racing Post. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "Results from the 5.35 race at SAINT-CLOUD (FR) - 7 May 2011". Racing Post. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- Keogh, Frank (4 June 2011). "Pour Moi triumphs in thrilling Derby". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- Cook, Chris (27 August 2011). "Pour Moi's racing career ends during turmoil in Arc betting market". The Guardian. London.
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- Armytage, Marcus (27 August 2011). "Derby winner Pour Moi retired after suffering serious injury". The Daily Telegraph. London.
- Career 1-2-3 Colour Chart – Pour Moi