Ribot's Line in Europe

Author: Jana Nemeckova, published: 11th January 2018

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Ribot spent the first four years at stud in Europe, before shipping to the United States, where he stood at Darby Dan Farm for the rest of his life. From his European era, he left seven major sons: Latin Lover and Molvedo from his first crop, Ribotlight and Romulus from the second crop, Ragusa from the third and Con Brio and Prince Royal from the fourth crop. Latin Lover and Ribotlight were sent straight to Australia, and Prince Royal to the United States. Romulus was later exported to Japan, and Con Brio to Argentina. Molvedo, despite winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, was a local stallion successful in Italy... so basically, all Great Britain was left with was Ragusa, a winner of the Irish Derby and the St. Leger.

Ragusa was a successful stallion, but it wasn't enough, as he was accompanied only by several random "fragments" of the line. Late in his career, he was joined by the U.S.-bred sons of Ribot Ribero and Lithiot, who had no real impact; on the other hand, Ribero's full brother and proven stayer Ribocco, a winner of the St. Leger and second from the Derby Stakes, was acquired to stand in the U.S., which was a very arguable move. Graustark's son Jim French had several G1 horses in the families of his daughters, and Filiberto, one of the last sons of Ribot, had exactly two of them. Droll Role, a son of Tom Rolfe, was a very good handicap horse in the U.S., but he failed as a sire there and failed in Europe too. But Droll Role's paternal half-brother Run the Gantlet, another top turf handicap horse in the U.S., sired Ardross and Commanche Run in Europe before he returned to the United States. Probably the last memorable sire of the line in Europe was Law Society, the Irish Derby winner by Alleged, whose sons Anzillero and Homme de Loi, unfortunately, didn't continue the line.

Stallions of the line - in chronological order:

SireAt studYearsCountryBornPedigree
Ribot1957 - 19604GB1952GBTenerani - Romanella, El Greco
Molvedo1962 - 198019EU / ITY1958ITYRibot - Maggiolina, Nakamuro
Romulus1964 - 19696EU1959GBRibot - Arietta, Tudor Minstrel
Con Brio1965 - 19673GB1961GBRibot - Petronella, Petition
Ragusa1965 - 19739GB1960IRERibot - Fantan, Ambiorix
Ribero1970 - 19778GB1965USARibot - Libra, Hyperion
Lithiot1972 - 1983
1987 - 1988
12
2
FR
ITY
1965USARibot - Lithia, Ambiorix
Jim French1972 - 19776FR1968USAGraustark - Dinner Partner, Tom Fool
Run the Gantlet1973 - 19808IRE1968USATom Rolfe - First Feather, First Landing
Filiberto1973 - 19797FR / EU1970USARibot - Fast Line, Mr. Busher
Morston1974 - 198916GB1970FRRagusa - Windmill Girl, Hornbeam
Ballymore1974 - 198512GB / IRE1969IRERagusa - Paddy's Sister, Ballyogan
Homeric1974 - 19785IRE1968GBRagusa - Darlene, Dante
Droll Role1980 - 19823ITY1968USATom Rolfe - Pradella, Preciptic
Ardross1983 - 199311GB1976IRERun the Gantlet - Le Melody, Levmoss
Commanche Run1986 - 200318IRE / GB1981GBRun the Gantlet - Volley, Ratification
Law Society1986 - 1993
1994 - 2007
8
14
IRE
GER
1982USAAlleged - Bold Bikini, Boldnesian
Gold And Ivory1994 - 2000
2001 - 2003
7
3
GER
HUN
1981USAKey to the Mint - Ivory Wand, Sir Ivor
Java Gold1996 - 2002
2003 - 2007
7
5
GER
EU
1984USAKey to the Mint - Javamine, Nijinsky
Muhtarram1996 - 200611GB / IRE1989USAAlleged - Ballet de France, Northern Dancer
St. Jovite2006 - 20105IRE1989USAPleasant Colony - Northern Sunset, Northfields

Timelines

1951 - 1960

1951195219531954195519561957195819591960
RibotTenerani

1961 - 1970

1961196219631964196519661967196819691970
MolvedoRibot
RomulusRibot
Con BrioRibot
RagusaRibot

1971 - 1980

1971197219731974197519761977197819791980
MolvedoRibot
RagusaRibot
HomericRagusa
BallymoreRagusa
MorstonRagusa
Jim FrenchGraustark
Droll Role
Run the GantletTom Rolfe
RiberoRibot
LithiotRibot
FilibertoRibot

1981 - 1990

1981198219831984198519861987198819891990
BallymoreRagusa
MorstonRagusa
Droll RoleTom Rolfe
ArdrossRun the Gantlet
Law SocietyAlleged
Commanche RunRun the Gantlet
LithiotRibot

1991 - 2000

1991199219931994199519961997199819992000
Gold And IvoryKey to the Mint
Java GoldKey to the Mint
ArdrossRun the Gantlet
Law SocietyAlleged
Commanche RunRun the Gantlet
MuhtarramAlleged

2001 - 2010

2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Gold And IvoryKey to the Mint
Java GoldKey to the Mint
Law SocietyAlleged
Commanche RunRun the Gantlet
MuhtarramAlleged
St. JovitePleasant Colony