Guillotine | Grey Entire (2004)
Highly rated Group Winning Australian Miler.
A Group winner of four races from 1200m to 1900m, including the Group 2 John F. Feehan (Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes) over 1600m in Melbourne last spring, Guillotine has Windsor Park principal Nelson Schick excited at his stud prospects.
"I consider Guillotine to be the sharpest and most naturally gifted son of his Champion Sire Montjeu to have raced in Australasia," said Schick. "I have feel that in our racing environment the most talented sons of the 'shuttle' stallions are those most likely to succeed at stud.
Current leading sires Redoute's Choice (Danehill), Encosta de Lago (Fairy King), Flying Spur (Danehill), O'Reilly (Last Tycoon) and our own Thorn Park (Spinning World) are examples of this.
A $300,000 yearling, Guillotine was an outstanding type from the outset and is from an exceptional broodmare whose only two foals to race are Group winners. "Having followed his career from the time he was a two-year-old, with his natural speed, his suitability to good to fast ground combined with a great temperament, we identified Guillotine as Montjeu's most talented and best credentialed stallion prospect in Australasia," commented Schick.
Trained for his two and three-year-old seasons in Sydney by David Payne, Guillotine was aimed at prestige two-year-old races over Sydney's Autumn Racing Carnival following a smart first-up win at Canterbury over 1200m.
A fast finishing fifth in the Group 2 STC Pago Pago Stakes (1200m), Guillotine closed out his juvenile season with a luckless fourth to Champion Australian 2YO Meurice in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.In the Champagne Stakes Guillotine suffered significant interference and his performance captured the attention and admiration of many astute observers who touted Guillotine as a leading prospect for his classic season.
The outbreak of Equine Influenza and forced closure of racing and movement of horses in Sydney meant Guillotine's three-year-old spring racing targets had to be abandoned. He subsequently followed a late December win by 6 lengths at Rosehill with an abbreviated autumn campaign where he finished 2 lengths from the seasoned Weekend Hustler in the Group 1 AJC Royal Randwick Guineas over 1600m prior to running fifth, on an unsuitable heavy track, in the Group 1 Australian AJC Derby (2400m) at Randwick.
Transferred to the stables of David Hayes for his four-year-old season, Guillotine won brilliantly first up over 1300m before beating some of Australasia's best gallopers in the Group 2 John F. Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley over 1600m. The group of star performers Guillotine left in his wake that day included subsequent Group 1 WFA Tatts Cox Plate winner, and Australian Horse of the Year, Maldivian, as well as Sirmione, Pompeii Ruler, Zipping, Casual Pass and Alamosa. "It was at this point Guillotine confirmed he had the right credentials to warrant a stallion paddock at Windsor Park." said Schick. "For a long striding horse to be able to handle tighter tracks and carry his form at the top level over three seasons of racing says a lot for his mental soundness and constitution," concluded Schick. After his Feehan Stakes win, Guillotine's racing program was revised and following a close finishing third in the Group 1 MRC Yalumba Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield, Guillotine was diagnosed with a joint injury. This setback not only put paid to an autumn campaign aimed at the Group 1 AJC Doncaster Stakes over 1600m, but the injury ultimately proved to be career-ending.
Guillotine's high ranking on the 2008/09 ANZ Classifications is an indication of the regard in which he is held. His rating of 116 in the mile category was the same given to multiple Group 1 winners Theseo, Mentality, Vision And Power and Niconero, and ahead of other Group 1 winners Racing To Win (115), Casual Pass (115) and New Zealand Horse of the Year Mufhasa (114).
Purchased by renowned yearling judge Les Samba from the Curraghmore Stud draft at the 2006 NZB Karaka Premier Sale, Guillotine is a son of the smart racemare and outstanding producer Refused the Dance. In addition to Guillotine, Refused the Dance is also the dam of the brilliant VRC Victoria Derby and Melbourne Cup winner Efficient, crowned Champion Australian Stayer of 2008.
Guillotine is by the champion international stallion Montjeu, sire of over 100 stakes winners (25 at Group 1 level) who last season finished second to champion sire Zabeel in the prestigious Dewar Award (combined Australasian earnings for NZ-based stallions).
Oldest progeny yearlings, first crop sire at Karaka 2012. Served 104 mares first season - 90 mares second season 2010
- Sire: Montjeu
- Dam: Refused the Dance
- Dam Sire: Defensive Play
- Country of Birth: New Zealand
- Date Foaled: August 2004
- Colour: Grey
- Sex: Entire
- Height: 16.2 hands
- Horse Life No: AUS 910569
- Year entered Stud: 2009
- Live Foal Guarantee