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October 29, 2012

Motivator relocates to France

DERBY winner Motivator, sire of recent Prix de l’Opera heroine Ridasiyna, will relocate from the Royal Studs to Haras du Quesnay in Normandy next season. A fee of €7,000 has been set for the ten-year-old son of Montjeu, who will continue to stand as the property of a syndicate.








“I am delighted to receive Motivator at Haras du Quesnay,” said Alec Head, owner of Haras du Quesnay. “He has done so incredibly well in France and I am sure he will be a great asset for French breeders and very popular.”

The Aga Khan’s Ridasiyna has progressed rapidly through the ranks this season for Mikel Delzangles, winning four races culminating in a three-and-a-half length victory over Izzi Top in the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp last time out.

Motivator has also been represented in France by Skia, the winner of last year’s Prix Fille de l’Air, and Listed winner Lumineux. His best runners in Britain include the May Hill Stakes heroine Pollenator and this season’s Princess Elizabeth Stakes winner Clinical. In all, he is the sire of 30 stakes performers from four crops of racing age.

Motivator was trained by Michael Bell to win four races including the 2005 Derby, by five lengths, and Dante Stakes. The Highclere Racing colour-bearer was also successful in the Racing Post Trophy at two.

Words: Nancy Sexton, Racing Post

July 4, 2012

Group 3 success for Motivator

2005 Epsom Derby winnerMotivator enjoyed more Stakes success this year when his daughter, Ridasiyna, won the Prix Chloe (Gr.3) over 1m1f at Chantilly on the weekend.

Trained by Mikel Delzangles, this three-year-old filly maintained her unbeaten record having comfortably landed the  Prix Melisande (L)  at Maisons-Laffitte earlier this year, following up her debut win.

Bred by her owner the Aga Khan, Ridasiyna is out of the winning Darshaan mare Ridafa, a half-sister to the  dual Listed winner Rajik.

Motivator progeny continue winning streak

Ridasiyna continued the winning streak for Motivator progeny with an easy  5l victory in the Prix Melisande (L) over 1m2f at Maisons-Laffitte in France last moth, following up her comfortable debut win.

Trainer  Mikel Delzangles said: “That confirmed her good debut, she’s won easily and we can go up in class again with her.”

This three-year-old filly was bred by her owner the Aga Khan out of the winning Darshaan mare Ridafa, a half-sister to the  dual Listed winner Rajik.

In the last month Motivator has also been represented by Princess Elizabeth Stakes winner Clinical and Oaks Trial scorer Vow, as well as Dahlia Stakes runner-up Captivator, Braveheart Stakes third Creme Anglaise and Cocked Hat Stakes third Perennial.


June 1, 2012

Motivator filly, Clinical, wins Princess Elizabeth Stakes

The Motivator filly, Clinical, won the biggest success of her career when landing the Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Gr.3) on the opening day of Epsom’s Derby meeting.

Trained by Sir Mark Prescott Bt for owner/breeder Cheveley Park Stud, this four-year-old filly was running for the first time this season having finished third in the same race last year as well as winning a trio of Listed races.

Jockey Luke Morris said: “Things worked out well today. She’s a very tough and classy filly.”

Another top class filly by Motivator to run at Epsom today was Vow, who finished a creditable fourth in the Investec Oaks (Gr.1).