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Gr1 Winner Vert De Grece to Stand at Geisel Park Stud
Western Australia's stallion ranks will receive a boost with news that Geisel Park Stud will stand French Gr1 winner Vert De Grece (Verglas-Tiny Petal, by Grand Lodge). A juvenile Gr1 winner of the 2014 Criterium International (1600m) at Saint-Cloud, Vert De Grece is a son of Verglas who has done so well promoting the Grey Sovereign sireline in Australia and France. Geisel Park Stud owner Eddie Rigg's first foray into standing a sire at Myalup has been an instant success with All American and he's found an able ally in Vert De Grece who was sourced by Perth bloodstock agent John Chalmers. "I brought Verglas to WA for the 2003 & 2004 seasons and he built up a 60% strike-rate with stakes winners like Spirited One, Ma Chienne, Grey Monarch, Bites The Dust, Royal Devotion, Sheenasaidgrey, Verossi and the Singapore champion Captain Obvious," Chalmers recalled. "Vert De Grece is taller than Verglas, has more length and overall strength, and has an excellent temperament. His turn of foot to win the Criterium International was nothing short of amazing." Chalmers added: "Vert De Grece was a superior racehorse to his sire. Western Australia breeders have rarely had the opportunity to access a Group 1 winning two-year-old of his calibre." Hong Kong trainer Caspar Fownes paid a million euros for Vert De Grece after he ran second to champion colt Gleneagles in the Gr2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh. He paid that back straightaway at Saint-Cloud but plans were put on hold in the lead-up to the French 2000 Guineas when he split a forearm and missed the entire season. Vert De Grece will stand at a service fee of $5,500 (inc. GST).