Walzertakt to stand at Chapel Stud as a National Hunt sire in 2022
The dual Group winning stayer and son of Montjeu, Walzertakt (GER), has been acquired to stand at Chapel Stud as a new National Hunt sire in 2022.
A high-class stayer in France, he won the Gr.2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil and Gr.3 Qatar Prix Gladiateur at Longchamp, defeating Gr.1 and Gr.2 winners or performers Mille Et Mille, Bathyrhon, Frine, Glaring, Spiritjim, Oriental Fox, Kicky Blue, Billabong, Vif Monsieur, Fly With Me, etc. He was also placed in a further three Stakes races.
In addition, Walzertakt has an impressive pedigree, as a half-brother to four Group winners or placed horses including the winner of the Gr.1 Deutsches Derby and Gr.1 Rheinland-Pokal, Wiener Walzer, and Port Douglas who won the Gr.2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes as a two-year-old.
As well as a prolific producer of Group horses, his dam, the Kingmambo mare Walzerkoenigin, was a dual Gr.2 winner, finished second in the Gr.1 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes and was Champion older mare in Germany. She is also from the family of Gr.1 winners Providental, Play It Safe and Saratoga Springs.
Bred on the same cross as Camelot by Montjeu, a leading NH influence as a sire of NH sires such as Walk In The Park, Scorpion and Jukebox Jury, Walzertakt is sure to make his mark as a NH sire in GB.
In a deal brokered by Richard Venn, Walzertakt has relocated from France where his first books included NH Stakes producing mares and sisters of quality Graded mares. His first four-year-olds are set to run in 2022.
Walzertakt adds to the roster of stallions standing at Chapel Stud on behalf of owner/breeder Simon Davies, which also includes new dual purpose sire Bangkok, and Planteur, sire of dual 2021 Gr.1 winner and recent British Champions Long Distance Cup victor Trueshan. Walzertakt’s stud fee and terms will be set at a later date.
Chapel Stud director, Roisin Close said: “Walzertakt is a big, strong, good-looking horse, a very typical stamp of his sire Montjeu. His pedigree is rapidly turning into a German masterclass of breeding, full of champions and Group One winners of the highest and toughest calibre. For stamina and quality, you really don’t need to look any further. Simon and Richard have completed a very impressive trifecta with his addition to the stallion roster, we really do have a stallion to compliment every mare!”
Simon Davies said: “I am extremely excited to have secured Walzertakt who has a proven stallion pedigree being by Montjeu out of a Kingmambo mare and will provide National Hunt breeders in Britain with the chance of using this cross. He also complements my other stallions; Planteur, who has winners most days led by the incredible Trueshan, and Bangkok, an extremely well-bred son of Australia and tremendously tough racehorse. With the three stallions all standing at Chapel Stud this gives British breeders great quality and choice for their mares without wading through the issues that Brexit has thrown up.”
Bloodstock Agent Richard Venn said: “Walzertakt is a very interesting addition to the GB NH stallion ranks bred on exactly the same cross as Camelot. Added to that he hails from a strong black-type family with a German connection, and his late half-brother Wiener Walzer (by Dynaformer) is the sire of Grade 1 winner Adagio. I loved his foals, he doesn’t produce chesnuts and he has young horses with all the right trainers in France, they didn’t really want to see him go!”