Daumier, the winner of the 2022 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes over 1200m, has been retired from racing and will take up stallion duties at Twin Hills Stud this spring.
Daumier will be syndicated by Twin Hills. Godolphin, which bred and raced Daumier, will maintain a significant interest in him.
Brilliant at two, Daumier was the only colt to win a Group 1 two-year-old race in Australia in 2022. He won the Blue Diamond at only his third start, having won the Listed Blue Diamond Preview over 1000m on debut.
Daumier, a 26 November foal, is the youngest horse to have won the Blue Diamond. In fact, he is the only November foal ever to have won the early season juvenile championship. In the Blue Diamond he beat Revolutionary Miss and Jacquinot. Daumier raced against the outstanding Jacquinot three times as a two-year-old, beating him on every occasion.
Following the Blue Diamond, Daumier was fourth in the Golden Slipper, again beating Jacquinot and also the subsequent multiple Group 1 winner She’s Extreme.
By Epaulette, out of a mare by Street Cry, Daumier comes from a wonderful Woodlands / Godolphin family. His second dam Parables, was a Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed, winning the Surround Stakes (now a Group 1). Influential speed stallions Lonhro and Night Shift are prominent in his pedigree.
Anthony Freedman, who trained Daumier with his son Sam said:
“Daumier was very fast and had the temperament that is required to excel as a two-year-old. To do what he did leading up to and in winning the Blue Diamond is testament to his immense talent. He has the talent it takes to be a top stallion and is a strong, good looking colt”.
Vin Cox, the Managing Director of Godolphin in Australia said:
“We are very proud to have bred and raced Daumier and are very much looking forward to his stallion career at Twin Hills. He is the product, on both sides of his pedigree, of decades of investment and hard work by the teams at Woodlands and Godolphin. He was a brilliant two-year-old and we will be supporting him with some lovely mares”.
Olly Tait, the owner of Twin Hills Stud said:
“We are thrilled that Daumier is coming to Twin Hills. Precocious is the most overused word in the bloodstock dictionary, but Daumier was exactly that. He was just a brilliant two-year-old – arguably the best two year old colt of his year. The Blue Diamond has produced stallions such as Redoute’s Choice, Extreme Choice and more recently Written By. Like them, Daumier possessed two-year-old speed of the highest class”.