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- Profile of a Champion
Beau Pere's three crops sired in New Zealand had made an impression in Australia as well and he first appeared on the Australian Sires list in 1937-38 with 13 winners of 21 1/2 wins for earnings of £ 7,300. The following year he rose to 5th with 23 winners of 63 1/2 wins for earnings of £20,872. In 1939-40 he topped the Australian sires list with 30 winners of 71 races for earnings of £31,295.
His first crop on Australian soil began racing in 1940 and included the stakeswinner Whisper Low plus Beau Son (winner and sire of 14 stakeswinners including Sydney Cup winner Opulent and Doncaster winner Oversight), Beau Port (who went on to stand at stud) and winner Beau Timide. In 1940-41 he was again the champion Australian sire with 30 winners of 89 races for earnings of £41,710.
In Beau Pere's second Australian crop was the stakeswinner Grand Prodige (winner of the QTC Hopeful Stakes and later sire of Stakeswinner Cool Gent) plus winners Belle Desiree, Camacho, Grand Vision, Mon Pere, etc And for the third time he took out the Champion Australian sires title in 1941-42 with 21 winners of 41 1/2 races with earnings of £ 23,410.
Members of his third Australian crop included the stakeswinners Mayfowl (winner of the AJC Sires Produce, AJC St Leger, City Tatts Cup, Hill Stk, etc), Ava (winner of the Oakleigh Plate and dam of stakeswinner Next Move) and Tara King (winner of the Wellington Guineas and New Zealand Derby) plus winners such as Sincerity, Tarmac, Belle Pomme, Rebekah Decree, Cockcrow, Betza, Jason, Ashbah, etc. However he dropped to 5th on the Australian Sires list in 1942-43 with 12 winners of 22 races for earnings of £ 13,375.
Beau Pere's final crop in Australia contained the multiple stakeswinner Beau Cheval (from stakeswinner Cuddle) who won the Adelaide Cup, ARC Birthday Cup, etc and sired 12 stakeswinners including Beau Regis, Beau Cavalier, Beau Avion, etc. Winners included Beau Monde, Oriental, Our Beau, Tip Toes, Matchmaker, Beau Juste, Darnley, Beau Lee, etc. In total he sired 59 foals in Australia for 8 stakeswinners. By the time this crop was foaled Beau Pere was already in the US however in Australia he continued to appear on the Australian Sires list in 1943-44 (6th with 15 winners 24 1/2 races £17,275), 1944-45 (10th 18 winners of 31 races £17,014), 1945-46 (13 winners of 14 races for £12,705), 1945-46 (6 winners of 13 races for £7,686) and finally in 1946-47 when his youngest runners were 5 years old (2 winners of 2 races £945).
In late 1940 the rising 14 year old stallion was sold to Louis B Mayer for $100,000 a massive amount during the war years and he arrived by ship on 28 January 1941.