Valixir, a stallion who was been assessed the best four-year-old miler in Europe for 2005, a year in which his superior class saw him have wins over local champions Bago and Rakti and Australian tourists Starcraft and Elvstroem, is to be an elixir for a new era of success at Fred Peisah's highly respected Lomar Park Stud in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, a short drive southwest of Sydney.
The measurement of the excellence of this handsome, showy individual by one of the greatest racehorses by the prepotent Native Dancer grandson Sharpen Up, the track record setting Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Trempolino, is found in the World Ratings for 2005 and also the traditional Timeform assessments.
Valixir's 55 in the World rankings not only recognised him as the best four-year-old miler of the year for Europe, but also as the second best older miler behind the year-older former AJC Australian Derby winner Starcraft, now a shuttler on a fee of $33,000 to the Arrowfield Stud in the Hunter Valley, and as the sixth best miler for the whole of the northern hemisphere. In addition his annual Timeform was a high127 as against Starcraft's 128
The two met twice during the year with honours being even. On the first occasion Valixir recorded a dominating 1.5 lengths win over Rakti (a Group 1 winner at two, three and four who visited Chatswood Stud, Avenel, Victoria last season) and third placed Starcraft in one of Europe's greatest mile races, the Group1 Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes.
In the second clash,Valixir was fifth when a short priced favourite in the Prix du Moulin over the same distance won by Starcraft.
A race review of the Queen Anne Stakes described the field as a thoroughly international line up, dominated by horses at Group1 level, while another report eulogised Valixir as 'Some horse he was indeed in 2005, a match for the best that could be mustered at around a mile.'
The Queen Anne was one of three successive wins achieved by Valixir that year. Both won in convincing style, the other two were in France and included the Group1 Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp. The favourite, he won by two lengths from the runner up, Elvstroem, the Australian bred Danehill star now at Blue Gum Farm,Victoria on $38,500, and the good European bred Danehill performer Cacique. 'Once again impressed with his ability to cruise through his races,' said a race review.
Prior to his campaign at four,Valixir had won five of nine outings. All on major French tracks, they saw him open his career at two with two dashing wins over 1200m, the first of them by 3.5 lengths. His only other run that year was a second to stand out champion juvenile Bago in the Group 3 Prix des Chenes at Longchamp.
At three he proved one of the best of his generation in France with three stakes wins, two of them at Group 2 level, to his credit. In addition he was third in two Group1 races including the French Derby. He was unplaced in his crack at the European championship, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, but according to reports it was a creditable performance.
In appearance Valixir is very much like his sire Trempolino, a winner of the Arc in record time.This is not surprising as Trempolino's sire Sharpen Up is one of the most prepotent for similar physical qualities of modern times. Other Sharpen Up look alikes include the brothers Kris (sire winners 1376 races) and Diesis (winners 1400 races).
The breed appears a splendid source of gallopers with iron constitutions and Trempolino is no exception.To date he has had winners of over 1190 races with contributors including 15 who have won or placed in Group1 events and five, including Valixir, who have each earned in excess of $1million.
Valixir is from Vadlamixa, a stakes winning daughter of Linamix, a French Two Thousand Guineas winner and their champion sire in each of the past five years. Each of the first three dams have been black type money earners and producers of stakes winners.
The bottom line traces back to Cypriote, ancestress of French Oaks winners Fairy Legend, Mary Legend and Feerie and a sister to Tagale, the dam of the last filly to win the English Derby, the 1912 winner Tagalie.
Valixir has been purchased outright for Lomar Park and is not a shuttle sire. He appeals as the best racehorse and prospect secured for this highly respected stud in its 40 year history. In that time they have stood the quality sires Le Cordonnier,Steel Pulse, Mister C, Archregent and current incumbent Arena, a Danehill Victoria Derby and Canterbury Guineas winner who has 31 individual winners in his first crop.