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Bombora Downs' De Gaulle Set for Takeoff
Although Australian stallion De Gaulle will never be as busy as Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, there are plenty of reasons why the impeccably-bred sire should have a busy 2020 stud season. Standing at popular Mornington Peninsula property Bombora Downs, De Gaulle is a young son of Exceed and Excel ($200 million progeny earnings), Darley’s magnificent Danehill stallion whose star has never burned brighter. Out of Charge Forward mare Response (sold for $1.5 million), winner of the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes, De Gaulle is a half-brother to Australia’s Champion 2YO of 2017-2018, Estijaab, winner of the Golden Slipper and Gr2 Reisling Slipper trial. Also runner-up in the Gr2 Silver Slipper and Inglis 3YO Sprint, Estijaab cost $1.7 million as a yearling while their Fastnet Rock stakes-performed half-sister went for over a million dollars, and another two Snitzel fillies averaged over $450,000. Despite winning two of his only three trials, and defeating subsequent Group winner Pariah when runner-up in the other, injury prevented exciting prospect De Gaulle from racing. His privately-bred small first crop are now rising 2YOs and are reportedly athletic, easy to train, youngsters with great bone. Well priced for the upcoming breeding season, click on the below image to view his 2020 Daily News Sires profile page.