Another winner for Monsieur Bond as three year old filly Fruit Salad wins at Redcar, ridden by Nathan Evans.
Another good start to the year as Move In Time, sired by Monsieur Bond wins first time out at Hamilton. Move In Time had previously won the 2014 QNB Prix de L`Abbaye de Longchamp (Gp 1) and won nicely at odds of 4/9.
The Racing Post, May 20, 2015
THE victory of Soie D’Leau in the 5f maiden for three-year-olds was all the sweeter for Tim and Tina Pople, from Norton Grove Stud, as both of the gelding’s parents reside at the Malton stud, namely his sire Monsieur Bond and his dam Silky Silence.
The Poples own Soie D’Leau as part of the FATJ partnership and a delighted Tina Pople said: “Having the mare and the stallion in the yard is brilliant.”
The stud team celebrated a Monsieur Bond Listed winner with Alfred Hutchinson at York last week, and Tim Pople said of the sire: “He’s a good commercial stallion, he’s not expensive and has had two Prix de l’Abbaye winners [Gilt Edge Girl and Move In Time], what more could you want? Silky Silence is in foal to our other stallion Milk It Mick, so it’s onwards and upwards. “
Kristin Stubbs, who trains Soie D’Leau, said: “He’s a big baby and has been learning with every run. I’m so pleased for his owners. They bred him and have been really patient. He had a few problems last year and they took him back to the stud and have given him plenty of time.
“He’s a heavy-topped horse and the ease in the ground probably helped.”
Racing Post, 4th November 2014
THE two-day DBS Autumn Sales cater for almost every buyer, offering a selection of yearlings and horses in training, from smart two-yearolds to jumpers. And for buyers whose shopping list includes progeny by Group 1 sire Monsieur Bond, then Doncaster is the place to be.
No fewer than 25 lots by the Norton Grove Stud resident have been catalogued, all of whom were given a timely update when their paternal half-brother Move In Time triumphed in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye. The win was a second for Monsieur Bond, whose daughter Gilt Edge Girl landed the race in 2010.
Standouts from the sire’s yearling offerings include a sister to winning colt Mr Horsepower out of a Wolfhound half-sister to EP Taylor heroine Fraulein (lot 356), a daughter of Hilary Needler Trophy winner Knavesmire from the family of champion juvenile filly Soar (433) and a grandson of top-tier performer She’s Classy (440).
Just one runner by the sire is found in the horses in training section, sprint handicapper Monsieur Royale (222).
Also on offer among the horses in training lots is Dr Marwan Koukash’s Gabrial’s Star (87), a brother to Geelong Cup hero Caravan Rolls On.
Racing Post, 16th February 2014
THE latest chapter in the Cinderella story of Forever Bond will be written in the coming weeks when the 14-year-old daughter of Danetime will be covered by unbeaten dual world champion Frankel.
Forever Bond is due to foal to her owner Reg Bond’s stallion Monsieur Bond for the sixth time.
Previous matings between the pair have produced Group 1-placed sprinter Hoof It and dual Group 3 scorer Ladies Are Forever.
Forever Bond, a half-sister to high-class sprinter Ratio, was bought on behalf of Bond by Bryan Smart for just 15,500gns at Doncaster in 2001.
Although she never made it to the racecourse, she has made amends at stud by producing five winners from her first five foals – all of whom managed to score in 2011.
“She is around three weeks overdue to produce her Monsieur Bond foal, but she always does that,” said Mary Lowe of Bond Thoroughbred Corporation.
“The Frankel mating is a bit of a pipedream but she has earned the right to visit him as she has done so well at stud.”
It looks set to be a big year for Monsieur Bond, who Bond stands alongside Misu Bond at Norton Grove Stud in North Yorkshire, as he is due to be represented by his first larger crop of two-yearolds, who were bred in the afterglow of his small early crops yielding a number of high-class performers.
One of Monsieur Bond’s best performers, Prix de l’Abbaye heroine Gilt Edge Girl, was sold to the Niarchos family for (Euro)550,000 at the Goffs November breeding-stock sale, while his son Alfred Hutchinson scored in a valuable Lingfield handicap last month.
Racing Post, April 8th 2013
REG BOND’S star mare Forever Bond, the dam of five winners from five runners, has been scanned in foal to her owner’s stallion Monsieur Bond.
The Norton Grove Stud resident sired Forever Bond’s two black-type performers, Sprint Cup third Hoof It and Ladies Are Forever, the winner of two Listed sprints at Lingfield this year.
A yearling brother to Hoof It and Ladies Are Forever is headed for the sales.
Racing Post, 6th February 2011
THE HANDFUL of vendors with yearlings by Monsieur Bond to sell this autumn must be feeling pretty pleased with themselves.
The son of Danehill Dancer has risen to fame by siring tough, high-class performers such as Gilt Edge Girl, Hoof It and Ladies Are Forever from limited opportunities.
At last week’s DBS Premier Yearling Sale he was the most profitable stallion who had two or more sell. The measure of profitability is taken as the sale average in relation to the covering fee this season’s crop of yearlings were bred on.
So Monsieur Bond had all four of his yearlings sell at Doncaster at an average of pounds 60,500 – a whopping 20.2 times his 2009 stud fee of pounds 3,000. It is an imprecise measure of profitability, as it does not take into account deals on the fee, keep costs or the fact that some progeny were being resold. But it does give an impression of a sire’s commercial appeal.
Monsieur Bond covered only 17 mares in 2009 and many of those were from his owner Reg Bond (who retained a share in his homebred sister to Hoof It who made pounds 147,000), so a lot of outside breeders missed the boat that year and the small supply probably helped increase his average. His book size leapt to 112 at Norton Grove Stud this year.
Monsieur Bond was in a league of his own in terms of profitability at Doncaster, but next best was Camacho, whose pounds 24,250 average for four horses sold was over nine times his 2009 stud fee of EUR3,000.
All four offerings by Camacho, a son of Danehill who stands at Morristown Lattin Stud and has supplied the likes of Arctic Feeling and Puff, sold for prices ranging from pounds 20,000 to pounds 26,000. Those figures allow plenty of room for profit on his bargainbasement fee.
Another value son of Danehill, Kodiac, managed to maintain a high profitability margin with double the number of horses sold than Camacho and Monsieur Bond.
Tally-Ho Stud stallion Kodiac, a three-parts brother to Invincible Spirit, has provided four Listed winners with his second crop of juveniles running. Breeders who sent mares to him in 2009 and 2010, the years his fee hit a low of EUR4,000 (he covered at EUR6,500 this year) could be sitting pretty.
Progeny of Derrinstown Stud resident Elnadim also excelled, recording a pounds 36,333 average that is nearly seven times his 2009 fee of EUR6,000. The Danzig sire’s statistics were massaged by the sale of a half-brother to Listed winner Miss Meggy to David Redvers for pounds 82,000.
Rathasker Stud-based Thousand Words had two of his six offerings change hands, but those that did sold well. Colts who sold for pounds 36,000 and pounds 23,000 to Geoffrey Howson and Peter and Ross Doyle made an average of pounds 29,500, 6.7 times Thousand Words’ EUR5,000 2009 stud fee.
The next best first-crop sire was Elnadim’s studmate and fellow son of Danzig, Haatef. He had three out of five offerings change hands for an average of pounds 19,750, five times his 2009 stud fee of EUR4,000.
Assertive also made a pleasing first impression. The Throckmorton Court Studbased son of Bold Edge had four out of six offerings change hands for prices between pounds 8,000 and pounds 30,000, making an average of pounds 19,750 that was nearly five times his 2009 stud fee of pounds 4,000. He was available to breeders at a fee of just pounds 2,500 this year.
Racing Post, October 7th 2010
Gilt Edge Girl the icing on stallion’s weekend ONE sire whose impact on the elite level of racing has been more unexpected is Monsieur Bond, who stands at Norton Grove Stud in Yorkshire at pounds 2,000, writes Martin Stevens.
He enjoyed a outstanding weekend by supplying Prix de l’Abbaye winner Gilt Edge Girl, Redcar Totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy scorer Ladies Are Forever and a promising new juvenile maiden winner in Lady Gar Gar.
Furthermore, My Name Is Bond, already winner of the Prix la Rochette, ran sixth in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
But maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised by the success. Monsieur Bond was bordering on top-class himself – he had Airwave, Bahamian Pirate and Somnus behind when winning the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes and was not beaten far in Refuse To Bend’s 2,000 Guineas or Somnus’s Prix de la Foret. His pedigree combines class and toughness.
Danehill Dancer has had his credentials as a sire of sires well advertised this year, not only by Monsieur Bond but also by Choisir, the sire of Starspangledbanner, and even Where Or When, who hasn’t made the biggest splash at stud, but has sired the admirable Myplacelater, winner of the Godolphin Stakes last Friday.
Dick Turpin, who earned his fifth podium finish in Group 1 company this year when third to Goldikova in Sunday’s Prix de la Foret, is bred along very similar lines to Monsieur Bond.
Both are by sires bred on the Northern Dancer/Sharpen Up cross and Dick Turpin’s granddam is a half-sister to Monsieur Bond’s dam.
Support from his owner Reg Bond has helped, too. Bond has bred or co-bred two of Monsieur Bond’s five stakes performers, as well as Move In Time, who has no black type but has earned just shy of £30,000 this year thanks to a third in the Weatherbys Super Sprint and a fifth to Ladies Are Forever on Saturday.
It’s unlikely Monsieur Bond’s fee will remain at £2,000 next year, but few would begrudge the stallion an increase in the frequency and quality of the mares he receives next year.