“Monitor Closely to join the stallion ranks at Longford House Stud” Racing Post Bloodstock, April 2019
Won Gr.2 Great Voltigeur Stakes, York, 1m4f,
by 4 l., beating Gr.1 winners Jukebox Jury
(by 8 l.), Mastery and Harbinger.
“ He had all his rivals off the bridle passing the 2f pole and he then proceeded to pull further and further clear.” Racing Post, 18 August 2009 after his win in the Great Voltigeur Stakes
Won EBF Maiden Stakes, Newbury, 8f at 2
3rd Gr.1 St Leger, Doncaster, 1m61⁄2f,
3rd Gr.3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes, Ascot, 1m4f.
3rd LR Hampton Court Stakes, Ascot, 1m2f.
beating Gr.3 winner and sire Palavicini
Ran 16 times, 2 wins and placed 6 times.
Total earnings €316,472.
Monitor Closely is a son of Oasis Dream and a half-brother to popular dual-purpose sire Mount Nelson. Some of Mount Nelson’s progeny on the flat include familiar names such as Librisa Breeze, Yulong Gold Fairy and Berkshire. While over jumps he has sired the likes of Penhill and Get In The Queue.
Their dam Independence (Selkirk) won four of her seven starts as a 3yo for Ed Dunlop. She quickly went through the grades, culminating with wins in the Matron Stakes (G.3) and The Sun Chariot (G.2) in Newmarket. She is also the dam of 7 other individual winners who have sold for 575,000 Gns, 320,000 Gns, 250,000 Gns x 2, 200,000 Gns, etc.
Monitor Closely has stood in France since his retirement and the best runner to emerge from his early crops is Eclair De Beaufeu, a dual winner for Gordon Elliott.
Other NH winners include Independenceday, Lady Closely, Cybor Del’Rais etc…