2023 Brochure

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Make Believe x Contradict (Raven’s Pass) € 20,000 LF Lethal Force x Entreat (Pivotal) € 8,000 LF Oasis Dream x Dar Re Mi (Singspiel) € 5,000 LF Galileo x Memory (Danehill Dancer) € 3,000 LF p.10 p.16 p.22 p.26

It has now been almost two years since I had the opportunity to purchase Haras du Mézeray, the cornerstone of the project you know as ‘Sumbe’. Fate has been particularly generous to me this year, which is now coming to a close, as it brought me great joy and gratification so soon after my first investments in France. I do, however, welcome these successes with humility for I know the importance of continuing to perform at the highest level as well as the dedication and patience it all requires.

Belbek’s spectacular win in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère was a turning point for me in many ways. It gave me my first taste of the elusive Group 1 success, thus rewarding over a decade of unwavering efforts as an owner. Coming from my first French bred crop, Belbek also laid a stepping stone for my ambitions as a breeder, and I cannot help but see this as a good omen for my aspirations on French soil. Just a few days after, my British-trained colt Charyn landed the important Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte (Gr.2), unveiling some Classic potential. These two horses summarise my vision of Sumbe’s future as a brand: synergy and emulation with a global reach in sight. Finally, the unbeaten Padishakh is another addition to our shortlist of Classic prospects after giving two dazzling performances and leading the way to new accomplishments in 2023. My quest in this industry is not limited to breeding my own stallions as the international champion Mishriff will be joining Sumbe in 2023. A French Derby winner in 2020, he topped the World Rankings on turf the following year on par with Adayar and only 2 pounds shy of Knicks Go, whom he had nevertheless beaten on dirt in the 2021 Saudi Cup. Only a handful of horses become Derby winners, but even fewer go on to fall into the superstar category. With a sire line of first crop classic winners hailing from Dubawi and a very strong maternal pedigree where every desired aptitude can be found, I am certain he will cause a well-deserved interest among all breeders. Just as with Golden Horde, I will support Mishriff with my own broodmare band and I hope you will follow me in this regard.

Without a doubt, nothing would be possible without the tireless work and dedication of the people around me. A brand-new team, led by my long-time trusted advisor Tony Fry, is now devoted to the task of carrying on the legacy of these outstanding farms that are now the divisions of Sumbe and achieving new victories in this amazing industry that continues to make me fall in love with it every day.


BELBEK (Showcasing)

Gr.3 Prix du Bois, Gr.1 Prix J.- L. Lagardère

"He’s handsome and well bred. He’s a good horse. We’ve always thought a lot of his ability.”

CHARYN (Dark Angel)

Gr.2 Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte

"He’s not the finished product yet, he has room for improvement.”

SOUZAK (Kodiac)

Critérium Arqana, sold € 400,000 later that day at the Arc Sale.

" He’s tough as nails and always delivers his best.”

Anthony Crastus , jockey


"According to his actual speed figures (…) we might well be dealing with a horse of Group 2, maybe even Group 1 level.”

2022 has been a breakthrough year for Nurlan Bizakov’s racing stable. Beyond a first score at Group 1 level, his racing operation has reached an enviable strike rate of 21% winners to runners along with gross accumulated earnings just short of € 1,000,000.

André Fabre , trainer (Wootton Bassett) Unbeaten, Classic prospect, TDN Rising Star Bruno Barbereau , racing analyst
Mickael Barzalona , jockey



Beyond being an up-and-coming global brand that has recently made it into the industry’s spotlight, Sumbe is deeply rooted in land and tradition. With a forward-looking vision and a progressive strategy since its inception, Sumbe has developed into a cross-channel ensemble of nearly 650 hectares by integrating carefully selected farms and seizing opportunities at the right time. We are driven by global ambition and deeply believe that both the French and English systems have much to offer. Soil quality is at the heart of our concern for it is instrumental to both the biomechanical development of foals and to their nutritional fulfilment. For instance, our historic farm Hesmonds Stud, beyond its ideal location in East Sussex, had been very lightly grazed for two decades prior to its takeover. With vast stretches of preserved grounds available for our foals to thrive, our three farms provide a truly perfect environment to capitalise on nature’s best intent.

Although Haras de Montfort & Préaux was almost a turnkey operation, we have spent the last couple of years upgrading the existing facility to the highest standards available on the market, with a new foaling unit built from the ground up and fully equipped with CCTV and Equilume lights. In turn, since last year, Haras du Mézeray has benefited from investments and a thorough refurbishment program, following our constant commitment to safety, comfort and efficiency.

Horsemanship and experience come on top of Sumbe’s values. Since we believe in leaving no stone unturned, our teams provide daily monitoring of our stock under the technical guidance of Tony Fry, Nurlan Bizakov’s advisor and chief operations manager, for over a decade. Together they implement a rigorous methodology that has allowed Sumbe to reach a turning point in 2022. Carrying on the legacy of farms that have produced so many champions over time is no small feat and we are confident that our future successes will echo those left in the past for decades to come.

B.2017 - 16.2hh (1.68m) FRENCH DERBY WINNER & INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION #1 ON TURF IN 2021 BACK-TO-BACK G1 WINNER ON TURF AND DIRT Flying home from 1800m to 2400m From the Classic sire line of Dubawi and dam line of Invincible Spirit Make Believe x Contradict (Raven’s Pass) € 20,000 LF A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL

The manner in which he won was fantastic and it really put him up there as one of the best, if not the best, in the world at 10 furlongs.

There are very few horses that can switch surfaces like that.
John Gosden, trainer
Voute, manager to Prince Faisal

Race record

At two

1st British Racing Maiden Stakes (1650m)

At three

1st Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club (2100m)

1st Gr.2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2000m)

1st L. Newmarket Stakes (2000m)

At four

1st Gr.1 Dubai Sheema Classic (2400m)

1st Gr.1 International Stakes (2050m)

1st Gr.1 Saudi Cup (1800m)

2nd Gr.1 King George VI & Queen

Elizabeth Stakes (2400m)

3rd Gr.1 Eclipse Stakes (2000m)

At five

2nd Gr.1 Eclipse Stake (2000m)

2nd Gr.1 International Stakes (2050m)

3rd Gr.1 King George VI & Queen

Elizabeth Stakes (2400m)

MISHRIFF is one of the most successful horses of the past few years. Playing in his own backyard at 10 furlongs, he was smart enough to stretch out on occasion and deliver his devastating turn of foot over the Classic trip, as well as to instantly switch surfaces. A remarkable winner at 2, he stormed the French Derby in 2020 and later reached champion status when posting winning scores in the Saudi Cup, Dubai Sheema Classic and Juddmonte International in 2021. With a bankroll above the €13.000.000 mark, Mishriff is one of the world’s all-time richest racehorses. A handsome athlete and a genius all-rounder, he is the result of selection at its best.








The finest outcome of lifelong craftsman-like breeding efforts, Mishriff hails from the French Oaks heroine Rafha, dam of breed-shaping stallion Invincible Spirit and his successful half-brother Kodiac, whose bloodline has produced three more Gr.1 winners since 2019. A highly anticipated continuator of the Dubawi line, he is also a Sadler’s Wells, Pivotal, Acclamation and Scat Daddy outcross, and thus an easy match for most mares.

1 st Dam 2 nd Dam 3 rd Dam

CONTRADICT, 1 w., 4 places at 2 & 3, 4th L. Height of Fashion S. Dam of 3 winners: MISHRIFF, 7 w. at 2 & 4, Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club, Gr.1 Dubai Sheema Classic, Gr.1 Int. S., Gr.2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano, L. Newmarket S., Gr.1 Saudi Cup, 8 places, 2e Gr.1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S., Gr.1 Eclipse S. (22), Gr.1 Int.S. (22), and £11,711,157. ORBAAN (Invincible Spirit), 5 w. from 3 to 7 ans (22), £232,220, L. Prix de Saint-Patrick Momkin (Bated Breath), 4 w. from 2 to 5, Gr.3 2nd Craven S., Gr.3 Supreme S., Sir Henry Cecil S. L.

ACTS OF GRACE, 3 w. at 3, Gr.3 Princess Royal S., L. Prix des Tourelles. Dam of 11 horses, including 4 winners.

RAFHA, 5 w. at 2 & 3, Gr.1 Prix de Diane, Gr.3 May Hill S., L. Oaks Trial S., L. Princess Elizabeth S. Dam of 11 winners including: INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, 7 w. from 2 to 5, £247,786, Gr.1 Sprint Cup, Gr.3 Duke of York S., Gr.3 Boland S. SADIAN, 7 w. from 2 to 5, Gr.3 John Porter S., Gr.3 Ormonde S., Gr.3 2nd Derby Trial S., Gr.2 3e G. Freer S. MASSARRA, 3 w. at 2 & 3, L. Empress S., 2nd Gr.2 Prix Robert Papin, Gr.3 Nell Gwyn S. Dam of 12 winners including: NAYARRA 1 w., Gr.1 Gran Criterium, 2nd Gr.3 Nell Gwyn S. GUSTAV KLIMT, 3 w. at 2 & 3, Gr.2 Superlative S., 2nd Gr.1 St James’s Palace S., 3rd Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat

WONDERFULLY, 2 w., Gr.3 Silver Flash S. Dam of a winner.

BLISSFUL, 2 w. at 2, L. Ingabelle S. FRIENDLY, 2 w. at 3, L. Cooley S.

CUFF, 2 w. at 2, L. Naas Fillies’ Sprint S. Dam of 2 winners. Mars, 1 w., 2nd Gr.3 Meld S., 3rd Gr.1 St James’s Palace S. Middle Persia, 1 w. Dam of KILIMANJARO (L. Derby Trial S.)

Tebee, 1 w. Dam of HERTFORD DANCER (L. Oaks Trial S.)

Kodiac, 4 w., Gr.3 2nd Hackwood S. Aquarius, 1 w. at 3, 3rd Gr.3 Queen’s Vase Al Widyan, 3 w. at 2 & 3, 3rd L. Serlby S.


Did you notice that Mishriff is a member of his sire's first crop? A 4-year-old homebred, Mishriff, by the Faisal-raced Make Believe, a Dubawi-line stallion, won the French Derby last year. What is it about first-crop Classic winners? Mishriff's sire Make Believe is a first-crop son of Makfi and won the G1 French 2000 Guineas. And Makfi, a first-crop son of G1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Dubawi, accounted for the G1 2000 Guineas itself. Dubawi, of course, was from the first and only crop of Dubai Millennium. First-crop Classic success isn't a fluke.

Sid Fernando, eNicks

Prince Faisal is a very knowledgeable man. He makes his own decisions and bears a deep strategic vision. In the long run, it has a deep impact on his operations’ results.

Ted Voute, manager to Prince Faisal
Al.(IRE)2017 - 16.0hh (1.63m) € 8,000 LF Lethal Force x Entreat (Pivotal) ROYAL ASCOT COMMONWEALTH CUP winner over 6 furlongs European Champion Sprinter (Timeform 122) A VECTOR OF CLASS, STRENGTH AND SHARPNESS

Race record

At two

1st EBF Novice Stakes (1200m) over 4 ½ L

1st Gr.2 Richmond Stakes (1200m)

2nd Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes (1200m)

At three

1st Gr.1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m)

3rd Gr.1 July Cup Stakes (1200m)

3rd Gr.1 Sprint Cup Stakes (1200m)

A model of consistency, sharp yet composed, he could adapt to any situation. After posting an easy score in the Richmond Stakes Gr.2 and a near miss in the Middle Park Stakes Gr.1 as a 2-year-old, he bounced back to land the Commonwealth Cup Gr.1 at 3 in dramatic fashion.

Golden Horde is a very talented horse who never stopped improving. I was lucky to ride many good sprinters, and among them, he is on the top of the list.

He has a lot of talent.


ENTREAT, 1 w., 4 places at 3. Dam of 5 winners including:

GOLDEN HORDE, 3 w., Gr.1 Commonwealth Cup, Gr.2 Richmond S., 2nd Gr.1 Middle Park S. EXHORT (Dutch Art), 5 w. from 2 to 4, L. Pipalong S., 10 places, 2nd L. Rothesay S., and £96,984. LINE OF DEPARTURE (Mehmas), 4 w. and £162,658, L. Cathedral S.

RIVER SAINT, 3 places. Dam of 5 winners including: PRODUCER (Dutch Art), 8 w. and €568,630, Gr.2Topkapi Troph, Gr.3 SupremeS., Gr.3 Criterion S., L. Surrey S., L. King Richard III S., 2nd Gr.3 Sovereign S., L. Fortune S.

IMAGINING, 2 w. Dam of 5 winners including: SERENA’S SONG, Champion at 3, 18 w., Gr.1 Belmade S., Gr.1 Hempstead H., Gr.1 Haskell Invitational H., Gr.1 Mother Goose S., Gr.1 Oak Leaf S., Gr.1 Santa Maria H., Gr.1 Santa Monica H., Gr.1 Santa Anita Oaks, Gr.1 Gazelle H. Gr.1 Starlet S., Gr.1 Las Virgenes S., Gr.1 Mother Goose S., and $3,283,388. Dam of: SOPHISTICAT, Gr.1 Coronation S., Gr.3 Prix de la Grotte. Dam of: SEFROUA (dam of SUPHALA, Gr.3 Prix Chloé ; SIVOLIERE). HARLINGTON, 6 w., $370,000, Gr.2 Gulfstream Park H. GRAND REWARD, 4 w., $545,844, Gr.2 Oaklawn H. SCHRAMSBERG, 6 w., Gr.3 J B Connally Turf Cup H. SERENA’S TUNE, 7 w.,

$337,260, L. La Habra S. Dam of VOCALISED, SERENA’S CAT (dam of HONOR CODE, North American Champion at 4, $2,518,260, Gr.1 Whitney H. ; NOBLE TUNE ; DECLARATIONOFPEACE). Night And Day. Dam of MADE YOU LOOK. VIVID IMAGINATION, 4 w., Gr.3 Golden Rod S. Grandam of FUMINO IMAGINE, WANDER MOM. Serena’s Sister. Dam of 8 winners including: DOUBLES PARTNER, 6 w., Gr.2 American Turf S. STORMY VENUS, 3 w., L. Northbound Pride S. 1 st Dam 2 nd Dam 3 rd Dam 20 LETHAL FORCE b.1998 ENTREAT br.2002 DARK ANGEL LAND ARMY PIVOTAL RIVER SAINT ACCLAMATION MIDNIGHT ANGEL DESERT STYLE FAMILY AT WAR POLAR FALCON FEARLESS REVIVAL IRISH RIVER IMAGINING

From the family of champion fillies Serena’s Song and Sophisticat, Golden Horde bears the influence of two of the most prominent sire-lines of our time. His grandsire Dark Angel made a mark on the general studbook once again by adding four more Gr.1 winners to his record in 2022, namely Mangoustine (French 1000 Guineas), Mysterious Night (Pattison Summer Stakes), Alfareeq (Jebel Hatta) and Top Ranked (TEB Epsom). Furthermore, Golden Horde is out of a Pivotal mare, whose legendary impact as a broodmare sire has lived on in 2022 at Gr.1 level through the likes of Tenebrism (Prix Jean Prat), Pearls Galore (Matron Stakes), Nashwa (French Oaks) and Mendocino (Grosser Preis von Berlin) over trips ranging from 7 to 12 furlongs.

A masculine horse and beautiful walker with an excellent temperament, he passed down his best features to an eye-catching first crop. Cast in their sire’s mould, his first offspring will be highly anticipated yearlings in 2023. Golden Horde will suit both breeders with an appetite for fast juveniles, and those looking to sharpen up solid or professional pedigrees.

We are delighted by his first crop of foals out of our own mares. We visited our client’s farm as well, and so far they appear to share our enthusiasm. They all have a lovely balance with an athletic walk and, just as important, fantastic temperaments. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

B.(GB) 2012 - 16.0hh (1.62m) A CLASSIC STAMINA-LADEN PEDIGREE WITH A BRILLIANT INPUT Son of dual G1 winner Dar Re Mi and half-brother to champion Too Darn Hot Produced 2 Blacktype horses from limited numbers in his first books Oasis Dream x Dar Re Mi (Singspiel) € 5,000 LF

Race record

At two

Prix Vaublanc (1400m)


At three

des Chênes (1600m)

Prix du Grand Palais (1950m)

2nd Gr.3 Prix de Guiche (1800m)

2nd Gr.3 Prix de la Porte Maillot (1400m) 3rd Gr.3 du Prix Paul de Moussac (1600m)

DAR RE MI, 6 w. from 3 to 5, Gr.1 Dubai Sheema Classic, Gr.1 Pretty Polly S., Gr.1 Yorkshire Oaks, Gr.3 Prix Minerve. Dam of 7 winners including:

TOO DARN HOT (Dubawi), 6 w., 2018 2yo European Champion, 2019 European 3yo Champion Miler, Gr.1 Dewhurst S., Gr.1 Sussex S., Gr.2 Champagne S., Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat, £1,320,181

LAH TI DAR (Dubawi), 4 w., Gr.2 Middleton S., Gr.1 2nd St Leger S.

SO MI DAR (Dubawi), 4 w., Gr.3 Musidora S., 3rd Gr.1 Prix de l’Opéra DE TREVILLE (Oasis Dream), 2 w., 2nd Gr.3 Prix de Guiche, 2nd Gr.3 Prix de la Porte Maillot, 2nd Gr.3 Prix des Chênes

DARMOISELLE (Dubawi), 1 w. (22), 1 place at 3, 2nd L. River Eden S.

DARARA, 3 w., Gr.1 Prix Vermeille. Dam of 10 winners including:

DAR RE MI (Singspiel) see above

REWILDING (Tiger Hill), 5 w., Gr.1 Prince of Wales’s S., Gr.1 Dubai Sheema Classic, Gr.2 Great Voltigeur S., $3,827,399

RIVER DANCER ex DIAGHILEV (Sadler’s Wells), 5 w., Best aged horse of the 2003-04 season in Hong Kong. Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Gr.3 Prix La Force

DARAZARI (Sadler’s Wells), 3 w., Gr.1 Ranvet S., Gr.2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil DARIYOUN (Shahrastani), 7 w., 3rd Gr.1 Prix du Cadran

KILIMANJARO (Shirley Heights), 1 w., 2nd Gr.2 King Edward VII St. RHAGAAS (Sadler’s Wells), 1 w., 3rd Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club DARARITA (Halo). Dam of: DARASIM (Kahyasi), 10 w., Gr.2 Goodwood Cup, Gr.2 Prix Kergorlay EVITA (Selkirk). Dam of: MOOHAARIB (Oasis Dream), 4 w., L. William & Son Paradise S. TRETHIAS (Invincible Spirit), 10 w., 3rd Gr.3 Derrinstown 1000 Guineas Trial, Gr.3 Snow Fairy S. ARGENTELLO (Intello), 5 w., 3rd L. Buddy Diliberto Memorial S., 3e L. Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial S. DELSY, 1 w., 3rd Gr.3 Prix de Pomone. Dam of 12 winners including: DARSHAAN (Shirley Heights), Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club, Gr.2 Crit. de Saint-Cloud, Gr.2 Prix Greffulhe, Gr.2 Prix Hocquart

1 st Dam 2 nd Dam 3 rd Dam


"He was very game up to the wire. I think he still has room for improvement.”


"She stalked the pace easily in hand, and kicked clear when asked for more.”


"I didn’t really need to ask her much, she just strolled...”

Sylvain Ruis , jockey
Al. (GB) 2013 - 1.68m (16.2hh) Galileo x Memory (Danehill Dancer) € 3,000 LF 2YO GROUP 2 WINNING SON OF GALILEO – his first 2 books deliver on track More Blacktype performers and highly anticipated 3YOs for 2023 Also sired his first winners over hurdles

Unbeaten at two. Rating: 109 Race record

1st Gr.3 Acomb Stakes (1400m) defeating Cymric (2nd Gr.1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère)

1 st Dam 2 nd Dam 3 rd Dam

MEMORY, 3 w., Gr.2 Cherry Hinton S., Gr.3 Albany S. Dam of 4 winners including: RECORDER (Galileo), 2 w., Gr.3 Acomb S., Adnams Maiden S. CALL TO MIND (Galileo), 3 w., Gr.2 Belmont Gold Cup Inv’l S., L. March S., 2nd Gr.2 Prix de Chaudenay, 3rd Gr.2 Yorkshire Cup, L. Glasgow S., L. Fairway S. LEARN BY HEART (Frankel), 4 w., Gr.3 Stockholms Stora Pris, Gr.3 2e Oslo Cup, L. Ascendant S., 3rd L. Norsk Derby Nausicaa, 3 w., 3rd Gr.3 Miesque S. Dam of 7 winners including: REMEMBER ALEXANDER (Teofilo), 1 w., Gr.3 Tyros S. Mare. MEMORY (Danehill Dancer), see above. HEDAAYA (Indian Ridge), 1 w. Dam of 6 winners including: Tamadhor, 2 w., 2nd L. Blenheim S., 3rd L. Garnet S. Mère d’un vainqueur.

BLUSHING ALL OVER, 6 w., L. Handicap de la Tamise,3rd L. Tizna H., L. Bay Meadows, L. Buckram Oaks, L. Los Altos Invitational H. Dam of 4 winners including: Sahib (Colonial Affair), 3 w., 2nd L. Prix Edellic, 3rd L. Prix Pelleas Nausicaa (Diesis), see above.


1st Adnams Southwold Maiden Stakes (1400m) defeating Gr.1 winner Ventura Storm 28
"He beat two Gr.1 winners, his forms are excellent...” William Haggas , trainer




"I am quite impressed today and I’d be glad to have some more of this same calibre in my yard.”
David Menuisier , trainer
"She’s tough, with an excellent mind and constitution. She is very consistent and always comes out fresh and well.“ Pia Brandt , trainer
"She’s capable of dazzling dashes.“
Grandin , jockey

Stallions Haras de Montfort & Préaux

257 route de Montfort, Meulles, 14290 Livarot Pays d’Auge, France

Tel. +33 (0)2 31 31 48 78

Office Haras du Mézeray La Roussière 61120 Canapville, France

Tel. +33 (0)2 31 31 48 78


Hesmonds Stud

Hesmonds, East Hoathly Lewes BN8 6QH, England

Tel. +44 (0)1825 840580

Tony Fry

General Manager

+44 (0)7725 041 815 tony@sumbe.fr

Olivier Deveaux

Executive Manager

+33 (0)6 32 55 80 21 odeveaux@sumbe.fr

Mathieu Le Forestier Nominations & Racing Manager +33 (0)7 76 37 65 28 m.leforestier@sumbe.fr

Pauline Larcher Chief Administrative Officer +33 (0)2 31 31 48 78 pauline@sumbe.fr


Claire Billet-Legros

Farm Manager


+33 (0)7 88 63 89 45 claire@sumbe.fr

Losq Farm Manager Montfort & Préaux +33 (0)6 21 16 47 43 ronan@sumbe.fr
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