Monarch of Egypt became the first runner and first winner sired by Triple Crown hero American Pharoah when the 2-year-old trained by Aidan O’Brien took opening contest of Naas’s April 13 card, the five-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF race.
The late-March foal was ridden by Ryan Moore and raced in the silks of Peter Brant, who owns the colt along with Coolmore partners after his White Birch Farm and M.V. Magnier went to $750,000 to purchase the youngster at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Pioneerof the Nile, who sired American Pharoah, is geared towards dirt which is the surface the Triple Crown champion raced on. The female side of Monarch of Egypt’s pedigree is packed full of talented turf runners.
He is the third foal out of Up, a daughter of Galileo and the Spectrum mare Halland Park Lass who won the Irresistible Jewel Blandford Stakes (Grade 2) at 3 and finished runner-up to Beauty Parlor in the French One Thousand Guineas (Grade 1).