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Immortal Verse

Description : Immortal Verse (foaled 1 May 2008) is an Irish-bred, French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. As a two-year-old she showed promise by winning on her debut and finishing second in the Prix d'Aumale. Her early form in 2011 was disappointing as she was beaten in her first two races and refused to enter the starting stalls in the 1000 Guineas. She then made rapid improvement, winning the Prix de Sandringham and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot before defeating a strong internation... Page:i

Immortal Verse
SirePivotal
GrandsirePolar Falcon
DamSide of Paradise
DamsireSadler's Wells
SexMare
Foaled1 May 2008
CountryIreland
ColourBay
BreederKilfrush Stud
OwnerRichard C Strauss
TrainerRobert Collet
Record11: 4-1-1
Earnings£648,241
Major wins
Prix de Sandringham (2011)
Coronation Stakes (2011)
Prix Jacques le Marois (2011)
Awards
Top-rated French-trained three-year-old filly (2011)

Immortal Verse (foaled 1 May 2008) is an Irish-bred, French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. As a two-year-old she showed promise by winning on her debut and finishing second in the Prix d'Aumale. Her early form in 2011 was disappointing as she was beaten in her first two races and refused to enter the starting stalls in the 1000 Guineas. She then made rapid improvement, winning the Prix de Sandringham and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot before defeating a strong international field in the Prix Jacques le Marois. She went on to finish third to Frankel in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes but failed to reproduce her best form in two races as a four-year-old. After her retirement from racing she was sold at auction for 4.7 million guineas setting a European record price for a broodmare.

Background

Immortal Verse is a bay filly with no white markings bred by her owner Richard C Strauss's County Limerick-based Kilfrush Stud. Her sire Pivotal was a top class sprinter who won the King's Stand Stakes and the Nunthorpe Stakes in 1996. He went on to become an “excellent” sire, getting the winners of more than a thousand races across a range of distances including Sariska, Somnus, Farhh, Kyllachy (Nunthorpe Stakes) and Excellent Art (St. James's Palace Stakes). Her dam Side of Paradise won the listed Prix La Camargo at Saint-Cloud Racecourse in 2001, and was a half-sister to Last Tycoon and the Goldene Peitsche winner Astronef. She was a granddaughter of the influential broodmare Irish Lass, whose other descendants have included Assert, Bikala, Irish Ball (Irish Derby), Tie Black (Poule d'Essai des Pouliches), Eurobird (Irish St Leger) and Valentine Waltz (Poule d'Essai des Pouliches). The filly was sent into training with Robert Collet at Chantilly.

Racing career

2010: two-year-old season

On her racecourse debut, Immortal Verse ran in the Prix d'Ommeel over 1300 metres at Deauville Racecourse on 20 August. Ridden by Sebastien Maillot, she took the lead inside the last 200 metres and won by one and a half lengths from Action Chope. In September she was moved up in class and distance for the Group Three Prix d'Aumale over 1600 metres at Longchamp Racecourse. Starting the 2.8/1 second favourite, she finished second of the four runners behind the Criquette Head-trained Helleborine.

2011: three-year-old season

On her first appearance as a three-year-old, Immortal Verse started joint-favourite for the Prix du Louvre over 1600 metres at Longchamp but finished fourth of the seven runners after being hampered in the closing stages. She was then sent to England to contest the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse but was withdrawn from the race after refusing to enter the starting stalls. Two weeks later at Longchamp, Immortal Verse started a 25/1 outsider for the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches: she never looked likely to win and finished eleventh of the sixteen runners behind Golden Lilac. At Chantilly Racecourse on 5 June the filly started at odds of 8/1 in a seven runner field for the Group Two Prix de Sandringham. The field included Esperita and Mixed Intention, who had finished ahead of Immortal Verse in the Pouliches and the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes winner Perfect Tribute from England. In a rough race, Immortal Verse bumped Esperita as she made progress from the back of the field 300 metres from the finish before taking the lead 60 metres and winning from half a length from Mixed Intention.

On 17 June, Immortal Verse was one of twelve fillies to contest the Group One Coronation Stakes over one mile at Royal Ascot. The 7/2 favourite was the Irish-trained Together, who had finished runner-up in both the 1000 Guineas and the Irish 1000 Guineas, whilst Immortal Verse, ridden for the first time by Gerald Mosse started at 8/1. The other contenders included Nova Hawk (trained by Robert Collet's son Rod Collet), Theyskens' Theory, (Prestige Stakes), Claiomh Solais (4th in the Irish 1000 Guineas), Memory (Cherry Hinton Stakes), Joviality (Musidora Stakes) and Barefoot Lady (Nell Gwyn Stakes). Mosse restrained his mount in last place before switching to the outside to make a challenge in the straight. Immortal Verse accelerated past all her opponents, took the lead a furlong out, and drew away to win by two and a quarter lengths from Nova Hawk with Barefoot Lady taking third place. Collet described her as the best filly he had ever trained before explaining that on her previous visit to England she had become irritated and uncooperative when the stalls handlers placed a hood over head.

After an eight-week break, Immortal Verse returned for the Group One Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, in which she was matched for the first time against colts and older horses for the first time. She was the 10/1 fourth choice in the betting behind Goldikova, Mutual Trust (Prix Jean Prat) and Planteur (Prix Ganay). The other runners included Sahpresa, Dick Turpin (Prix Jean Prat), Cityscape (Joel Stakes), Worthadd (Derby Italiano) and Tin Horse (Poule d'Essai des Poulains). Mosse again restrained the filly at the back of the field before accelerating in the last 600 metres. Immortal Verse took the lead 300 metres out and held off late challenges from Goldikova and Sahpresa to win by a length and a nose. After the race, Collet said, "She proved again what I’ve always known, that she is a super filly. She had a little problem after the Coronation at Ascot as she fell in the yard and had to miss the Rothschild. This filly is out of the ordinary and she’s entered in all the top events, including the QEII". The filly was scheduled to return in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp but missed the race after a training accident. According to Collet she was working in Chantilly forest when a jogger disturbed two deer which ran across the path, causing Immortal Verse to panic, break loose and sustain a minor leg injury.

In October, Immortal Verse was sent to Britain for a third time for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in which she was matced against the outstanding colt Frankel. She started at odds of 7/1 and finished well without ever looking likely to win, finishing third to Frankel and Excelebration. On her final appearance of the year the filly was sent to Japan to contest the Mile Championship at Kyoto Racecourse in November. She produced a strong run along the inside rail in the straight, but weakened in the last 200 metres to finish seventh behind the locally-trained Eishin Apollon.

2012: four-year-old season

Immortal Verse remained in training as a four-year-old but made only two appearances and failed to recover her best form. he finished last of five behind Elusive Kate in the Prix Rothschild on 29 July and eighth of eleven behind Excelebration when attempting to repeat her 2011 success in the Prix Jacques le Marois.

Assessment

In the 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings, Immortal verse was given a rating of 121, making her the 38th best racehorse in the world, and the best three-year-old filly trained in France.

Breeding record

Immortal Verse was retired from racing to become a broodmare. In 2013 she produced a colt foal sired by Dansili. She was covered again by Dansili in 2013 and in December that year she was offered for sale at Tattersalls in Newmarket. She was bought for 4.7 million guineas (a European record for a broodmare) by Adrian Nicol, acting on behalf of the Coolmore Stud.

Pedigree

Pedigree of Immortal Verse (IRE), bay mare, 2008
Sire
Pivotal (GB)
1993
Polar Falcon (USA)
1987 
NureyevNorthern Dancer*
Special
Marie d’ArgonneJefferson
Mohair
Fearless Revival (GB)
1987 
CozzeneCaro
Ride The Trails
StufidaBustino
Zerbinetta
Dam
Side of Paradise (IRE)
1998
Sadler's Wells (USA)
1981
Northern Dancer*Nearctic
Natalma
Fairy BridgeBold Reason
Special
Mill Princess (IRE)
1977
Mill ReefNever Bend
Milan Mill
Irish LassSayajirao
Scollata (Family: 8-c)
  • Immortal Verse is inbred 3 ×4 to Northern Dancer, meaning that the stallion appears in both the third and fourth generation of his pedigree. She is also inbred 4 × 4 to the mare Special.
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