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Does anyone out there who follows European turf racing know what the status of Imperial Monarch is now? Did Coolmore retire him? Is he injuried? Or does Aidan O'Brien just simply have him on a long break right now with of intentions of eventually racing him again? Unless he suffered an injury I was never aware of, I was really surprised that Imperial Monarch didn't race again at all in 2013 after he went to Meydan and ran in the G3 Dubai Gold Cup. If anyone out there knows for sure what his status is I'd sure be greatful to find out.
  • Northport · He was retired in November to Coolmore's National Hunt Division. I just asked on the Coolmore FB fan page and they said it was announced a few weeks ago and lo and behold it was, I completely missed it. He is apparently standing as a replacement to Gold Well, a full brother to Montjeu that Coolmore only acquired this year. · 254 days ago
  • Northport · He will stand for €2,500 · 243 days ago
Has anyone heard anything about what the status of this horse now? I know in the past Aidan O'Brien has mentioned that Imperial Monarch is a very quirky horse and that at times he's been a difficult horse to train back home at Ballydoyle in Ireland. But still, talented enough to beat the 2012 Great Voltigeur Stakes winner, Thought Worthy, in the G3 Classic Trial at Sandown in just his 2nd career start, and after a horrid and luckless trip in the G1 Prix Du Jockey Club he came right back to defeat Juddmonte's Last Train and Godolphin's Saint Baudolino in the G1 Grand Prix De Paris. I know he didn't run quite as well as was hoped in the G1 Canadian International Stakes or the G3 Dubai Gold Cup, but he certainly wasn't disgraced in either race, finishing 6th in both. I can't help but think with the tragic, unexpected loss of St Nicholas Abbey this season and the recent retirement of Camelot that Imperial Monarch could be the older horse that could step to the fore for Coolmore now in big race scenarios. It's a shame he hasn't ran but just the 1 time in Dubai in 2013. I would've loved to have seen him brought over for this year's Breeders Cup Turf had he been race fit and ready.
My pick for the International. Take the lead, stay on the rail, and stay strong through the stretch. He's an almighty Irish bred too
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  • yukichan · ajump, Dettori read your post! : ) · 682 days ago
  • travel_vic · When a closer comes a running, because of traffic they have to take what is left to them, rather than the pace horse who controls everything and has no traffic problems...That is why I always go for the speed merchants, on the main track that is. · 682 days ago
Just DON'T put Joseph on this horse!!! When they come to Canada bring Seamie, or Colm!
I just finished watching the replay of the G1 Grand Prix De Paris again, and every time I see that race the more impressed I am with Imperial Monarch. This is a damn talented horse. Not only was he stepping up to 12f for the first time in his career that day at Longchamp, he also had to do all of the donkey work and cut out his own running with some other really talented 3yr.old's in behind him. The likes of Main Sequence, Last Train, Saint Baudolino, and Top Trip were a few of them. If it weren't for the fact that Camelot is also a 3yr.old in 2012, I have no doubt whatsoever that Imperial Monarch would be the top middle distance 3yr.old at Ballydoyle this season. And frankly, I'm entirely convinced there's that much between Imperial Monarch and Camelot? He certainly hasn't gotten as many chances to shine at G1 level as Camelot has. I think it would be interesting to see the 2 in the same field together somewhere over 12f. JMO.
Love this horse, and I'm so happy he finally got his moment in the son today!! Imperial Monarch won the G1 Grand Prix De Paris at Longchamp by a head over some very good horses today who already had group stakes wins on their resume'. I frankly wasn't real happy with Coolmore that they pulled Imperial Monarch out of the Irish Derby, I assume to make the race an easier road for Camelot. Camelot may very well be Ballydoyle's best 3yr.old. But I honestly believe this horse isn't lagging very far behind him at all. He just hasn't had as many chances to shine yet as Camelot has. The only prior G1 race he'd gotten to run in was a very mucked up, messy G1 Prix Du Jockey Club with 20 horses in the field. He had a bad PP draw, and never had anywhere to go throughout the entire race. He was essentially beaten in the French Derby when the gates opened. But a smaller field of legit horses today was the ticket for Imperial Monarch, and he's now answered the question of whether he can win at G1 level, and do so at 12f. Well done, indeed!!
After a successful weekend at Epsom winning the Epsom Derby aboard Camelot. Young Joseph O'Brien got a luckless trip on Sunday in the G1 Prix Du Jockey Club(French Derby) aboard previously unbeaten Imperial Monarch. He never had anywhere to go throughout the race. Once O'Brien did finally get Imperial Monarch into the clear, he was closing like a shot. But too little, too late. The Prix Du Jockey Club, IMO, has become in large part very much like the Kentucky Derby in America has. The field is always too large with 20 horses, give or take, and the best horse in the race rarely wins it because of a bad PP draw or bad track position.

Imperial Monarch - Race Results & Past Performances

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View DetailsView Video03/30/13Imperial Monarch6thMey32 milesTDubai Gold Cup-G3 3+ MCavalrymanAhzeemahVerema3:25.31
View DetailsView Video10/14/12Imperial Monarch6thWO101 1/2mTCanadian International Stakes-G1 3+ MJoshua TreeDandinoForte Dei Marmi2:30.89
View Details07/14/12Imperial Monarch1stLon61 1/2mTGrand Prix de Paris-G1 3 MImperial MonarchLast TrainSaint Baudolino2:35.47
View DetailsView Video06/03/12Imperial Monarch8thCha51 5/16 mTPrix du Jockey Club-G1 3 MSaonoisSaint BaudolinoNutello2:08.10
View Details04/28/12Imperial Monarch1stSan61 1/4 mTClassic Trial-G3 3 MImperial MonarchThought WorthyRougemont2:27.86
View DetailsView Video09/10/11Imperial Monarch1stCur81 mileTMaiden  2 MImperial MonarchAzamataHandazan1:46.14