Kendargent’s success has been so consistent and regular over the last two seasons that it easy to forget quite how remarkable it is. The Haras de Colleville’s stallion started out covering at only 1,000 euros, and interested pretty well nobody, apart from his owner Guy Pariente.

And yet his first crop of 18 foals included two Group winning Group 1 performers, and his second with 52 now has a Group winner in Kenhope, two other stakes winners, Kensea and Onedargent, the stakes placed Princedargent as well as the Tierce winner Snow Bell. Kenhope has looked like a top filly on both of her starts in 2013 and followed up an impressive win at Saint Cloud in March with a victory in the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte at Longchamp on April 14.

Kendargent’s second crop is running at 45% winners to runners and 18% black type performers to runners, the sort of statistics only the best sires can achieve an he is clearly along with the other revelations, Dutch Art and Dark Angel,  and Lawman and Teofilo among the best sires of what looks like a strong generation of stallions with their second crop of three year olds on the track in 2013. Lawman and Teofilo were major Group 1 winners who started out at stud covering large books at a high fee, 25,000 euros and 40,000 euros respectively. Dark Angel and Dutch Art are both Group 1 winning two year olds who started at 10,000 euros and £10,000 and covered plenty of mares. The best Kendargent could achieve as a racehorse was a Group 3 place and yet from nowhere he has joined the others, and relative to the opportunities he was given he has probably achieved more.

The Haras de Saint Pair is sending Anna Pavlova and Damoiselle to Kendargent in 2013.