MAXIOS is a proven supplier of blacktype horses on the flat and over obstacles, and has one top-level winner in both sectors. He was an unbeaten mile Group 3 scorer as a two-year-old whose early trajectory was towards middle distances, and while he did well it was when brought back in trip that he became a dual Group 1 star.
He was a Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly-placed winner of the 10-furlong Group 3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte as a four-year-old, beating Reliable Man in the latter. His five-year-old campaign also began with 10-furlong success, this time defeat of Don Bosco in the Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt.
Three weeks later, Maxios chased home Pastorius in the Group 1 Prix Ganay, but then came his drop in trip and a first top-level success. He beat Planteur by half a length to take the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan over nine furlongs at Longchamp, and two starts later had his first run over a mile since his Group 3 Prix Thomas Bryon victory three years before.
It was in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and Maxios trounced Olympic Glory and Anodin by five lengths and a short head, with Gale Force Ten, Style Vendome and Flotilla chasing them home.
Being a Monsun (Konigsstuhl) half-brother to Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Bago (Nashwan) made middle distances seem the obvious path, but as he is out of a Nureyev-sired daughter of Machiavellian’s Group 1-winning full-sister Coup De Genie (Mr Prospector), a mile makes sense too. Bago went to stud in Japan and although his overall record has been unexceptional, he has supplied the Group 1-placed Group 2 scorer Stella Veloce plus the multiple Group 1 star and noted international campaigner Chrono Genesis, the former with just over £2 million in earnings compared to the mare’s near £8.3 million total.
Maxios got a Group 1 classic winner when Diamanta (dam by Fantastic Light) won the Preis der Diana in 2019, while his other pattern scorers are Walderbe (dam by Dai Jin), Liberty London (dam by Medicean), Master Of Wine (dam by Dubai Destination), Mount Popa (dam by Silver Hawk) and Group 1-placed Cirona (dam by Titus Livius).
Quilixios (dam by Lomitas) heads a trio of NH blacktype winners, the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle and Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle victor joined by Grade 3 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle scorer Aramax (dam by In The Wings) as a winner at the Cheltenham Festival.
Nine of the 166 foals in Maxios’ first Irish crop made between €30,000 and €58,000 at auction last year, and he covered 309 mares in 2021. There will likely be more stakes winners to emerge from his remaining German-sired crops before his career profile shifts fully to National Hunt.
MAXIOS (GB), Bay 2008. Won eight races, £585,689, from 1 mile to 1 mile 2 furlongs, 2 to 5 years including, Prix d’Ispahan, Longchamp, Gr.1, Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, Longchamp, Gr.1, Prix d’Harcourt, Longchamp, Gr.2, La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte, Maisons-Laffitte, Gr.3, Prix Thomas Bryon, Saint-Cloud, Gr.3, also placed second in Prix Ganay, Longchamp, Gr.1, Grand Prix de Chantilly, Chantilly, Gr.2.
Retired to Stud in 2014, and sire of the winners of 317 races, and £4,788,618 and sire of the winners of 61 races, and £1,003,341 under N.H. Rules, including DIAMANTA (GER), WALDERBE (GER), MOUNT POPA (IRE), CIRONA (GB), LIBERTY LONDON (GER), MASTER OF WINE (GER), SKYMAX (GER), ELLE MEMORY (GER), EUCLIDIA (FR), REALEZA (GER), Alkuin (Ire), Suada (GER), Sky Sister (FR), Conscious (GER), Yaxeni (FR), Mystic Sunshine (GER), Wild Max (GER), Elegant Maximus (GER), Wayatos (FR), Nayala (GB), Area (GER), and sire of the winners of 61 races, and £1,003,341 under N.H. Rules, including QUILIXIOS (GB), ARAMAX (GER), GLOBAL FREEDOM (GB), Tax For Max (GER), Group Stage (GER), Jacamar (GER), Ecco (GB)
Stands at: Castlehyde Stud, Fermoy, Co Cork, P61 TR29, Ireland.
Contact: Tom Gaffney, Joe Hernon, David Magnier, Paddy Fleming, Cathal Murphy
Telephone: +353 (0)25 31966