By Marc Verrier
One week after showjumping in Fontainebleau, Pompadour hosted the finals of the eventing Cycles Classiques from September 9-12. As in recent years, it was Upsilon's production that was the most prominent and mares that dominated, winning the three championship titles.
A total of 135 young horses aged four, five, and six took part in the finals of the Cycle Classique eventing competition in Pompadour. Amongst the Anglo-Arab sire Upsilon (Canturo - O'Vive x Fusain du Defey) had by far the highest number of starters with 20 offspring.
Upsilon’s first offspring were only born in 2014, but have already been topping many podiums and recording victories in the Cycle Classique. In 2019, the top three finishers in the four-year-old championship were Upsilon products, as were the second and sixth place-getters in the five-year-old cham-pionship. In 2020, eight of the 15 horses classified as Elite (the first five in each championship receive the ‘elite’ rating) were products of Upsilon, two of whom were five- and six-year-old champions.
Again this year, 13 of Upsilon’s 20 offspring are ranked, with two new championship titles in the five- and six-year-old age groups. Upsilon himself was champion as a four-, five-, and six-year-old with Thomas Carlile, as well as reserve world champion as a seven-year-old before embarking on a successful international career. After winning up to CCIO4* level, Upsilon fell victim to a virus that forced a premature end to his competition career, but his offspring – the first of whom will start at the top level next year – are now appearing to inherit his great qualities.
Far behind Upsilon came four stallions with four offspring apiece in Pompadour: Contendro (Contender x Reichsgraf), Diamant de Semilly (Le Tot de Semilly x Elf III), Eldorado de Hus (Diarado x Balou du Rouet), and L'Arc de Triomphe (Landor S x Pilot)... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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