First European winner by Lope de Vega

Lope de Vega (Ire) sired his first winner on Sunday when Multicolor scored a comfortable victory in the Prix d’Albret (1000m) at Bordeaux.

Multicolor (2c Lope de Vega – Ivory Coast by Peintre Celebre) was successful at the first time of asking for owner Olivier Carli.  He defeated minor placegetters Eliminator (Desert Style) and Showmethemoney (Diamond Green) by a total of four lengths.

Bred in Germany by Gestut Ittlingen, Multicolor is a half-brother to Longchamp Group 2 winner Ivory Land.  He was purchased as a foal for 32,000 euros at the 2012 Arqana December Sale.

Lope de Vega emulated his sire Shamardal by winning the French 2000 Guineas and Derby in 2010 and he began shuttling from Ballylinch Stud to Patinack Farm the following year.

The most expensive of his first crop at the Gold Coast Magic Millions was Patinack’s half-sister to G2 Silver Shadow Stakes winner Thump at $180,000.

Patinack sold a Lope de Vega – Mustique colt to South Africa for $75,000 at the Perth Magic Millions and Eliza Park International received $50,000 from NZ pin-hooker Lyndhurst Farm at the Adelaide Magic Millions.

There were no Lope de Vega yearlings at the Inglis Easter Sale but he was popular at the Inglis Melbourne Premier where Yallambee Stud’s colt from It’s Who Deanie made $130,000.  He was purchased by Round Table Racing and Gai Waterhouse.