THERE are three parts to Vadamos’ stallion career, and yet the Group 1-winning son of the hugely influential Monsun (Konigsstuhl) is only 11 years old. He spent several seasons at Tally-Ho Stud, shuttled to New Zealand, and now he is a busy member of the National Hunt team at Grange Stud where he covered 244 mares in 2021.

His New Zealand progeny have caught the eye at high levels, with listed success for Grace’s Secret (dam by Pentire) and Art De Triomphe (dam by Captain Rio) at Riccarton Park, and La Crique (Dubai Destination) arguably the best three-year-old filly. The Group 2 Avondale Guineas is the better of her two pattern wins and in early March she was runner-up in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby.

One month before that classic, the Karl Burke-trained and Tally-Ho Stud-bred Spycatcher landed a six-furlong listed contest at Lingfield, a third win over the trip for the dual Group 3-placed 90,000gns Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up colt. These results demonstrate that Vadamos can pass on speed and class to his progeny, and with his earliest National Hunt winners featuring the dual listed-placed hurdler Calvados (dam by Nathaniel), we know they can jump too.

Vadamos was based in France throughout his track career and began on a middle-distance trajectory, getting his first win by a wide margin over 10 and a half furlongs and soon stepping up to 12, adding two more wins including a listed contest by three lengths from Behesht.

In September of his four-year-old season, his new trainer, André Fabre, brought him back to a mile; the result was a five-length Group 2 success in Germany.

Vadamos trounced classic star Ervedya in the Group 2 Prix du Muguet over the trip the following spring and added a three-length defeat of classic-placed Mr. Owen in the Group 3 Prix Messidor before completing his career with a sequence of four Group 1 performances.

He was a half-length runner-up to Ribchester in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville, beat Spectre by a length and a quarter to win the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at Chantilly, then headed down under where having finished fourth behind the great Winx in the Cox Plate over 10 furlongs at Moonee Valley, he filled the same position in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes over the same trip at Flemington.

Vadamos is by an outstanding classic sire whose sons have had tremendous success in the National Hunt sector and he is out of a half-sister to Group 1 scorer Valixir (Trempolino) whose relations also feature Grade 1 winner and classic sire Val Royal (Royal Academy). Eight of his National Hunt foals fetched between €20,000 to €31,000 last year, whereas two three-year-olds made £310,000 and €315,000.

Race record

VADAMOS (FR), Bay 2011. Won eight races, £615,388, from 1 mile to 1½ miles, 3 to 5 years including, Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, Chantilly, Gr.1, Darley Oettingen Rennen, Baden-Baden, Gr.2, Prix du Muguet, Saint-Cloud, Gr.2, Prix Messidor, Maisons-Laffitte, Gr.3, Prix Frederic de Lagrange, Vichy, L, also placed second in P. Fresnay le Buffard Jacques Le Marois, Deauville, Gr.1.

At stud

Retired to Stud in 2017, and sire of the winners of 113 races, and £1,400,433, including LA CRIQUE (NZ), SPYCATCHER (IRE), ART DE TRIOMPHE (NZ), GRACE’S SECRET (NZ), Messidor (IRE) and sire of the winners of 5 races, and £105,326 under N.H. Rules, including Calvados (IRE)


Stands at: Grange Stud, Fermoy, Co Cork, P61 N208, Ireland

Contact: David Magnier, Albert Sherwood, Andrew Magnier, David O’Sullivan and Catherine Magnier

Telephone: +353 (0)25 33006



Fee: €6,000