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Beau Pere - Profile of a Champion
Beau Pere was an average racehorse in
England and after one season at stud was unwanted and sold cheaply to New
Zealand. After travelling by sea he became a champion sire in both New
Zealand and Australia before continuing on with his success in the US.
A big horse who ultimately stood at 17hh Beau Pere didn't race as a 2yo. At his fifth start as a 3yo Beau Pere defeated Antiquary in the Norfolk and Suffolk Hcp (1mile) at Yarmouth. He then lined up in the Dee Plate was was second to Cook's Hill carrying 9st 3lb. His final start that season was an unplaced run behind Tully Cross in the Clare Welter. He was then sold at the October Newmarket Sales for 700 guineas.
As a 4yo he had 4 starts first up he was unplaced in a 10 horse field the Coventry Plate won by Banned. He then won the Swaffham Plate (1m 6f) at Newmarket in a field of 7. Another unplaced run amongst 13 runners in the Thurlow Welter Hcp w followed by a win in the Chesterfield Plate (1m 6f 132 y) at Doncaster.
He was then retired and sent to the Heath Stud at Newmarket advertised as the property of Basil Jarvis for a fee of 9 guineas.
Beau Pere had a book of 11 mares resulting in 5 foals 4 raced and two were winners, namely Mrs Goodsort and Beke Parvenue. Not used in 1933 he was sold at auction in December to a single bid of 100 guineas to a bloodstock agent and was imported to New Zealand for the 1934 stud season. John Donald stood Beau Pere on the North Island at Westmere Stud for 3 seasons.
His second crop in New Zealand proved even better and he topped the general sires list in 1939-40 in New Zealand. Members of this crop included the Champion Beau Vite (winner of 31 races including 2 WS Cox Plates, Great Northern Derby, Auckland Cup, NZ St Leger, Mackinnon Stakes twice, AJC Metropolitan, Great Northern St Leger, etc and later sired 12 stakeswinners at stud), Beaulivre (winner of 20 races including the Caulfield Cup, Doomben Cup, NZ Derby, Avondale Guineas, Great Northern Guineas, etc and sired 5 stakeswinners at stud), Happy Ending (winner of the New Zealand Cup and Wellington Cup, Yogi (winner of Manawatu Cup, Fielding Cup, Taranaki Cup), Beaucaire (winner of the Breeders Plate), Beau Repaire (sire of 13 stakeswinners incl Beaumaris winner of the New Zealand Derby & Auckland Cup), Silver Stick (sire of 4 stakeswinners) plus the winners Good Morning, La Bru, Royal Descent, Zest, Benzonia, Benevolant, Beau Mari, Bel Oiseau, Gayest Son and Sun Belle.
Beau Pere's final New Zealand crop was smaller but he still topped the 1940-41 general sires list in New Zealand. Members of this crop included Belle Cane (NZ Oaks winner later purchased by Louis B Mayer and was the grand dam of Preakness stakes winner Royal Orbit), Beau Leon (winner of the Avondale Guineas, Waikato Cup, etc), Grand Fils (winner of the AJC Metropolitan, Tatts Club Cup, etc) and Sir Beau (winner of 10 races including the Wellington Guineas, Wanganui Stakes, etc) plus the winners Bel Amour, Atreus, Beau Coureur, Beau Ciel, etc
Beau Pere sired 65 foals for 20 stakeswinners in New Zealand but before his
final foals were born Beau Pere was sold through
Stephenson & Co Ltd to Australian William Smith of St Albans Stud Scone for
3300 guineas in Jan 1937.