Elusive Bloodstock have announced the acquisition of Falco from Haras du Grand Chesnaie to join their stallion roster for 2019 and beyond in a deal brokered by Richard Venn Bloodstock.
A proven Group 1 sire of both flat and National Hunt horses, he counts Cheltenham Festival Grade 1 winner Peace and Co and Odeliz a winner of the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet amongst his best horses. With a lifetime winners to runners percentage of 56% his top performers in 2018 on the flat include the Group 3 winner Xenobia and the improving French Listed winner Maifalki. His 2018 National Hunt horses include three-time Listed winner over hurdles at Autueil, the Grade 2 placed and 156 rated, Beau Gosse.
A top class race career saw him win the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Longchamp by 3 lengths beating Group 1 winners and subsequent sires Rio De La Plata, Thewayyouare, Tamayuz and Paco Boy.
By sire of sires Pivotal who had a memorable weekend with 3 Group winners and as broodmare sire of Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp winner Mab’s Cross and One Master winner of the Group 1 Prix de la Foret, he is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Iron Lips.
James Gray of Elusive Bloodstock said "We are very excited to be standing a Group 1 winner, who will be one of the only stallions standing in the UK to have sired a Grade 1 winner over jumps and a Group 1 winner on the flat. He is a gorgeous Bay by a wonderful sire and offers breeders the chance to breed a racehorse as well as a sales horse as shown by the recent sale of a three year old for €65,000 to Gordon Elliot.”
Richard Venn commented "I have been following FALCO for sometime now, he has produced several quality jumps performers from flat crops when he was standing at Haras de Etreham, he was moved to Haras du Grand Chesnaie in 2015 and covered his biggest books of NH and AQPS mares. Interestingly his biggest crop of proper NH stock will be 3-y-o’s in 2019 and I can see him having plenty more winners. He is a big horse, who gives size and gets good looking progeny, plus he is a good cross for Sadler’s Wells line mares. I can see this proven sire being popular with British NH Breeders."
Falco will stand at £3,000, Oct 1st SLF and joins Elusive Bloodstock foundation stallion Sun Central whose 2019 fee has been announced as £2,000, Oct 1st SLF. For all enquiries please contact James Gray