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Upsilon: An extraordinary career, an exceptional stallion

Gulliver Champeix (Upsilon)

By Marc Verrier
Photography: Private collection, PSV/Morel (courtesy SHF)

After causing a sensation in competition with Thomas Carlile, then seeing his career come to an abrupt end due to a serious illness, Upsilon is proving himself as a stallion, in eventing, but also in showjumping. At Pompadour, Upsilon’s products monopolized the podiums, with a grand slam over five years, and the title in the sixth.

In 2020, Upsilon (57.62%: Canturo - O’Vive X AA - Fusain du Defey X AA) was ranked as the best sire of young horses in the French CCE Classic Cycle and, remarkably, also 15th in showjumping.
A real phenomenon from his earliest years under the saddle of Thomas Carlile, including French championship titles at the ages of four, five and six, then vice world champion as a seven-year-old at the WBCYH Mondial du Lion, Uspilon has now become a talking point as a sire.
In 2019, when its first products were only five years old, Upsilon achieved an unprecedented treble by placing three of his offspring on the first three steps of the podium at the four-year-old eventing championship in Pompadour. Fair Lady des Broucks (out of Double Magic Wonderland [BWP] x Chin Chin [Holst], bred by Frederic Deroi) was champion under the saddle of Thomas Carlile; ahead of Fly Up de Banuel (Arrow de Banuel [SF] x Orlando van de Heffinck [BWP], Jean-Pierre Texier), with Mathieu Lemoine; and the Anglo-Arab Follow Me Champeix (Ulyssa Champeix AA x Milor Champeix AA, Haras de Champeix), ridden by Anaïs Torres.
That same year, Epsilone Pironnière (Tartane Pironniere [SF] x Concorde [KWPN], Martine Canteteau), ridden by Nicolas Touzaint, was runner-up in the five-year-olds, with three Upsilon offspring in the top nine in the championship and six in the final.
In 2020, Upsilon further accentuates his hegemony with six of his descendants on the four-, five-, and six-year-old podiums. The four-year-old Gemme du Casteras (Tethys du Casteras AA x Hand In Glove xx, EARL du Casteras) was third with Noémie Bosc, who also finished fifth with Goodness Casteras AA (Quiviv du Casteras AA x Tresor du Renom, EARL du Casteras). But there was a new hat-trick for the five-year-olds ‘F’ generation, with Thomas Carlile winning with First Lady du Destin (Neologie [SF] x Sioux de Baugy[SF]) and finishing third with Fair Lady des Broucks, while Fly Up de Banuel was again runner-up with Mathieu Lemoine. At the same time, we find Gilles Bordes and Fidèle du Clos (Venus du Clos x Kaolin d’Elle, Joel Clavel) in fifth place.
In the six-year-old age group, Thomas Carlile placed two offspring by his favorite stallion on the podium, with victory going to Etoile de Beliard (Palme de Moyon [SF] x Barbarian, SCEA de Beliard), and third place for Es Igual AA (Utopie du Maury x Quatar de Plape AA, Elevage du Jouetard). After winning the four-, five-, and six-year-oldchampionships with Upsilon, Thomas Carlile managed to win the titles in all three age-group classes, with different offspring by Upsilon... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber