Monday, 30 May 2011
: Montjeu completed a stakes double at the weekend when Fame And Glory took out the Listed Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday.
His victory came 24 hours after French trainer Jean-Claude Rouget had saddled Gaily Game (Montjeu-Gaily Tiara, by Caerleon) to win the Listed Derby Du Midi at Bordeaux in France.
Issam Fares' home-bred scored by a length and a half under Christophe Soumillon and looks a progressive type.
Fame And Glory (Montjeu-Gryada, by Shirley Heights) has won a G1 in each of the three previous seasons and is on course to bid for a fifth top-level success at Royal Ascot next month in the G1 Gold Cup.
"The plan was, if things went well here, to go for the Ascot Gold Cup and he has a good chance of getting the trip there,” Fame And Glory's trainer Aidan O'Brien said,
“They went a solid gallop and he didn't look like he was stopping. He has courage and he looked like he had more left.”
Fame And Glory, who has earned more than £2 million in prize money, was bought for 190,000gns as a foal and was bred by Kirsten Rausing and Ptarmigan Bloodstock.
Montjeu - who also had a G2 1-2 at Sandown on Thursday night - could be set for a big weekend.
On Saturday, he will bid for a third G1 Epsom Derby success with Pour Moi (Montjeu-Gwynn, by Darshaan), who trainer Andre Fabre believes is his best chance yet of winning the famous classic, G2 Leopardstown trial winner Recital (Montjeu-Dibenoise, by Kendor) and the John Gosden-trained Masked Marvel (Montjeu-Waldmark, by Mark Of Esteem), winner of Goodwood's trial.
On Friday, G1 winner St Nicholas Abbey ( Montjeu-Leaping Water, by Sure Blade) looks set to be a contender for the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom, won 12 months ago by Fame And Glory.