THE champion stayer in Europe as a three-year-old when he won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris and the Group 1 St Leger, the Grangemore Stud-bred Scorpion went on to add the Group 1 Coronation Cup to his tally of successes and he retired to stud as the winner of not far off a million pounds.

Originally a member of the Coolmore National Hunt sire roster, the son of Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells) transferred to Shade Oak Stud for the 2017 season at a fee of £3,000. After two years at that price he will see his fee rise to £4,000 for next year, thanks to the success he is currently enjoying with his runners.