06/28/2013 5:26PM

Champion Champs Elysees represented by first winner at the Curragh


Regally-bred champion Champs Elysees, now a freshman sire, was represented by his first winner on June 28 in Ireland when Avenue Gabriel won her career debut at the Curragh.

The 2-year-old filly outdueled Ballybacka Queen in the late stages of the seven-furlong race and prevailed by a neck. She finished in 1:25.26 over a turf course rated soft.

Avenue Gabriel is trained by Paul Deegan for Lady O'Reilly. Bred by Plantation Stud, the filly is out of the Gone West mare Vas Y Carla, a half-sister to two stakes-placed winners. Second dam Lady Carla won the Epsom Oaks.

Juddmonte Farms homebred Champs Elysees, a 10-year-old son of Danehill, was a Group 3 winner in France and Group 1-placed in Italy. He blossomed when transferred to the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel in North America, scoring Grade 1 victories in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes and the Hollywood Turf Stakes. He added another top-level victory in the 2009 Canadian International, earning honors as Canada's Horse of the Year and champion turf male. He retired with career earnings of $2,829,378.

Out of the stakes-winning Kahyasi mare Hasili, Champs Elysees is a full brother to Grade/Group 1 winners and champions Intercontinental and Banks Hill, the latter a group stakes producer; to Grade 1 winner Cacique; and to Group 2 winner and top sire Dansili. He is also a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Heat Haze and to Grade 3 winner Deluxe.

It is the family of champion and sire Leroidesanimaux and Group 1 winners So Factual and Promising Lead.

Champs Elysees stands at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, England for 7,500 euros, or about $9,750. He has 85 2-year-olds in his first crop.