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Doyen had an outstanding 4 year old season finishing it as Timeform’s Horse of the Year with a rating of 132 and was assessed as having put up two of the best performances in Europe over 11/2 miles.

Champion of Europe at 4 yrs, 2004


  • Winner of 5 races including Gr.1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ascot.

  • A proven Stakes Sire on the Flat now making his mark as a Jumps Sire.

A Leading Sire in Germany

With 15 individual Black Type winners of 22 races and 33% winners to Runners (stakes races)

  • Camborne         6 wins inc. Gr.3 Dubai Duty Legacy Cup, Newbury

  • Sneak A Peak   Gr.2 & Listed Winner

  • Vif Monsieur    Gr.3 & Listed Winner of 5 races in Germany

  • Quiz Mistress   3 times Listed Winner of 6 races

  • Ladys Purse      Gr.3 & Listed Winner of 3 races in France

He won the Grade 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot by 6L. and in doing so broke the 12 furlong course record, which had stood for 21 years. He then went on to win the Group 1 King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the same course by 3 lengths and he retired to stud as Europe’s fastest 12 furlong Group 1 Winner.

Best Performances

Won 5 races at 3-4 years over 12 f.


At 3 Years

WON   Prix du Lys, Longchamp, Gr. 3 (12f) 

WON   Prix Lyon Avant Lugdunum Coupe de Trois Ans L.

WON   Prix Cadet Roussel, Saint Cloud.

2nd      Prix Niel, Lonchamp Gr.2

4th       Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, Longchamp to Dalakhani


At 4 Years - Champion of Europe, 2004

WON  King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stks. Ascot, Gr.1 (12f)

WON  Hardwicke Stakes, Ascot, Gr.2 (12f) in record time

2nd     Vodafone Coronation Cup, Epsom Downs, Gr.1 (12f)

At the sales 2014

Doyen’s only 3 year old on offer at Tatts Derby Sales was purchased by Kieran McManus for €100,000.

Yearlings and foals of 2014 were purchased by:


Costello Brothers

John Murphy

Landscape Stud

P. Morris

R. Rohan

Bryan Murphy

Denis Murphy

R&C Bloodstock

Fethard Bloodstock

Morgan Sheehan

George Haine

Stephen Kemble

Matt O’Connor

Beech Stables

A Leading Sire of European Stakes Horses

With 23 individual winners of 54 races with 5 individual Black Type winners & 34% Winners to Runners N.H.

Golden Doyen – 2 wins inc. Gr.2 Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle Cheltenham

Valdez – 7 wins & Gr.2 winner over fences

Pine Creek – 3 wins inc. William Hill H. Hurdle Ascot LR

Doyly Carte – 4 wins inc. LR TBA Mares Novice Hurdle Cheltenham

Keys – 5 wins inc. LR EBF Jr. N.H. Flat Race Cheltenham

Kumbeshwar – 4 wins, also: 2nd in Gr.1 Juvenile Hurdle Aintree

& Gr.1 AES Champion 4yo Hurdle Punchestown


Doyen has an exceptional classic pedigree.

A son of Saddler’s Wells, also the sire of leading jumps stallions Old Vic, King’s Theatre, Oscar and Milan, Doyen is out of the Group 3-winning Kris mare Moon Cactus and a brother to Oaks heroine Moonshell.

A Leading Sire in Germany

A Leading Sire of European Stakes Horses

With 9.5% Stakes Winners to foals

His dam, Moon Cactus, was 2nd in the Gr.1 French Oaks and was third in the Gr.1 1000 Guineas.


His female line includes the great Mill Reef and Prix de L’Arc winner Levmoss as maternal sires.

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