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Breeder Gestüt Karlshof, Gernsheim
Breeder Frederike Leisten
Size 165 cm
Bred by Gestüt Karlshof – also the breeder of the Derby winners Samum and Schiaparelli – Armand was raced over four seasons, fi rst in the colours of Helmut von Finck from Munich. The owner of one of Germany’s greatest racing stables, he had purchased the dark brown colt at the Baden-Baden yearling sale at 200.000 euros, before he came into to the ownership of Friederike Leisten. Armand had 25 starts at 2 through 6-years-old and won six races, among them the Grand Prix de St.Moritz, a listed race run on snow, and two steeple chases. His life earnings amount to almost 80.000 euros and he carried a maximum weight of 84.5 kg.
His dam Arpista came to Karlshof from Gestüt Graditz. Her sire Chief Singer – winner of one of Europe’s most important sprint races, the Norcros July Cup – was also used in the well-established East German stud farm’s warmblood breeding programme. Arpista traces back to the famous Asterblüte, one of the foundation mares at well-respected Gestüt Schlenderhan, and one of the few mares ever to win the Deutsche Derby. The sire of Arpistas dam Areole, Mister Rocks, was a top sprinter, most notably combining resilience and class. The Schlenderhan Birkhahn son Priamos, sire of the 3rd dam Arborea, won group races in France. Later on, the beautiful stallion turned out to be a particularly good dam sire. Armand’s fourth dam Amethysta is a half sister to Allegretta. Allegretta was sold from Schlenderhan to England where she has made history in the blood horse breeding programme. Her daughter Urban Sea won among other achievements the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Urban Sea’s son by Sadler’s Wells, Galileo, won the Irish as well as the English Derby; moreover, he also secured the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, one of the most high-profi le races in the world. His full brother, Black Sam Bellamy, now owned by Gestüt Fährhof, and currently at stud in England, also won two Group I races.
Armand’s sire Winged Love was leased for breeding by Gestüt Karlshof for several years. He won the Irish Derby in the colours of the Maktoum family, and placed third in the French equivalent. Winged Love is a prominent family member of the internationally proven foundation mare Prompt Payment. Cheirokratie, winner of the Preis des Winterfavoriten, and Acamani, which took third place in the Deutsche Galopp Derby in 2000, are other Winged Love offspring.
Winged Love’s sire, In the Wings, won three Group I races and is so far considered to be the best Sadler’s Wells son put to stud. In his lifetime, Sadler’s Wells, which died at Coolmore Stud in Ireland in 2011, ranked among the most expensive breeding stallions in the world. His stud fee had not been publicized for years and was disclosed upon serious requests only. As Sadler’s Wells offspring are also known for their jumping ability, Winged Love is now also used in the Irish steeple chaser breeding programme.
With the first Armand offspring presented at the Neumünster stallion grading in 2010, Altant was licensed for breeding. At 4-year-old, he already put up an outstanding performance in young jumper classes under his rider Dirk Ahlmann, continuing his success in young horse classes in 2013 as he qualifi ed for the 5-year-old jumper championships in Warendorf. In 2012, another Armand son was stallion graded in Marbarch: Armagnac has been licensed for breeding in Baden-Württemberg and the breed societies in Southern Germany.
Armand foals are characterized by good type. His breeding value based on his foals’ type and conformation is rated at 131 index points.
Stud fee I: € 450:, – + VAT
Stud fee II: € 650:, – + VAT