Premier crop has already provided a box-office draw; FIRST-SEASON SIRE PROFILE Multiplex.
The sire was recruited to Mickley Stud for the 2008 season after an eight-race career in France that yielded four wins and two placed efforts. He attracted the attention of breeders looking for a top pedigree at a commercial fee and received 97 mares despite reporting for stud duty too late to be fully advertised in his first year.
Trained by Andre Fabre, Multiplex won both starts as a juvenile over 7f including the Group 3 Prix La Rochette. He made it three in the Listed Prix de Saint-Patrick over 1m at Deauville the following season before losing his unbeaten record in the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam.
A fourth and final win came in the Prix de Montretout, a Listed race over 1m at Longchamp, on his four-year-old reappearance. Two placed efforts followed at Group 3 level, including the Prix Messidor, in which he was a close third to Stormy River.
Multiplex is by outstanding sire of sires Danehill and is a maternal grandson of Juddmonte's brilliant broodmare Slightly Dangerous.
Slightly Dangerous produced Group 1 winners Commander In Chief (Epsom and Irish Derby) and Warning (Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), as well as Group 1 runners-up Deploy (Irish Derby), Dushyantor (Derby, St Leger and Coronation Cup), Yashmak (Marcel Boussac and Irish Oaks) and Jibe (Fillies' Mile).
Slightly Dangerous was in turn a half-sister to Juddmonte's brilliant late sire Rainbow Quest.
Multiplex's dam, Shirley Valentine, was a 1m4f maiden winner, third in the Listed Galtres Stakes and fourth in the Park Hill and Lancashire Oaks at Group 3 level. She is a sister to Deploy by ace broodmare sire Shirley Heights. Her latest runner is Picture Editor, by Danehill's son Dansili, who could develop into a Classic contender.
Multiplex has a decent tally of 77 juveniles to go to war with, giving him the chance to finish among the leading first-season sires if he can deliver a high winners-to-runners ratio.
Sir Robert Ogden's pounds 70,000 DBS Premier yearling sale buy Intuition, a filly out of Listedplaced Shallow Ground, is with Richard Hannon, while Kevin Ryan, David Nicholls and Clive Cox also train Multiplex progeny.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Apr 24, 2011|
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