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Horse Racing: Pride in line for first date with top European sire Monsun; BLOODSTOCK DESK.

Byline: By Amy Bennett

HONG KONG Cup heroine Pride has been pencilled in to visit the leading German sire Monsun next year, according to a report on www. galopponline. de.

The six-year-old daughter of Peintre Celebre recorded her third Group 1 triumph of the year, and the eighth Group-race win of her career, in Hong Kong, ending her five-season career on the best possible note.

By selecting Monsun for Pride's first date in the breeding shed, her owners have added another feather to the cap of a stallion whose stock has risen meteorically in the last couple of seasons.

Outstanding performers such as the Derby Italiano victor Gen-tlewave, Coronation Cup winner Shirocco, and the Deutsches Derby hero Schiaparelli have helped make 2006 one of Monsun's best seasons.

Unsurprisingly he topped the list of leading sires in Germany and Italy, finishing runner-up in France as well as finishing second to Danehill in the list of leading European Pattern sires.

As a result, the fee for the 16-year-old son of Konigsstuhl, who stands at Baron Von Ullmann's Gestut Schlenderhan, has doubled from EUR60,000 to EUR120,000 for 2007.

Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre for owner-breeders NP Bloodstock, Pride undoubtedly enjoyed her best season this year, with wins in the Group 1 Champion Stakes and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, defeating Hurricane Run on both occasions.

Having also been placed in the Group 2 Prix Foy, she went on to run an excellent fast-finishing second in the Prix de l'Arc de Tri-omphe, going down by a neck to Rail Link.

Pride heads to the paddocks as the winner of nine of her 26 starts, with earnings of over pounds 2 million. Out of the Alleged mare Specificity, she is a half-sister to 1,000 Guineas winner Speciosa's dam Specifically, who sold for 1.85m gns at the Tattersalls December Mares sale last month.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2006
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