Prominent New Zealand owner/breeder Sir Peter Vela has celebrated Eminent’s Group Two win in France with the colt earmarked as a potential stud prospect.
Eminent is a son of the all-conquering Frankel and could become the first of his progeny to stand in New Zealand.
Vela is the principal of New Zealand Bloodstock and Pencarrow Stud.
Previously successful in the Group Three Craven Stakes and fourth in the English Derby before his success at Deaville on Tuesday, Eminent’s performances have drawn serious attention to his future stud prospects.
“It’s in the back of Sir Peter’s mind,” Pencarrow manager Leon Casey told NZ Racing Desk.
“He sent a couple of mares to Frankel in the first season and one of his mare’s Assume, a daughter of Fastnet Rock, is due to foal to him this year.”
Eminent is out of the Group One-placed Kingmambo mare You’ll Be Mine whose dam Quarter Moon is by Sadler’s Wells and won the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes.
“The horse has pretty much made a strong stallion case even now in either the southern or northern Hemisphere. His pedigree is outstanding,” Casey said.
Trained by Martyn Meade at Newmarket, Eminent was ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore and Group One options now include the Champion Stakes at Ascot and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.