Ribot's Line in Europe

Author: Jana Nemeckova, published: 11th January 2018, updated 9th October 2018

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Ribot spent the first four years at stud in Europe before his departure for the United States. He left seven successful sons: Latin Lover and Molvedo from his first crop, Ribotlight and Romulus from the second one, Ragusa from the third crop, and finally Con Brio and Prince Royal from the fourth crop. Only two of them remained in Europe: Molvedo, despite his victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, was a local stallion in Italy. As years went by, all that remained in Great Britain was the Irish Derby and the St. Leger winner Ragusa.

Ragusa was a successful stallion, but it wasn't enough, as he was accompanied only by several random fragments of the line. Later in his career, he was joined by the U.S.-bred Ribero and Lithiot, but neither of them had a 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 United States, which was quite an arguable move. As for European imports, Graustark's son Jim French had several G1 horses in the families of his daughters. Droll Role, a son of Tom Rolfe, was a very good handicap horse in the U.S., but he failed as a sire in there and failed in Europe too. Droll Role's paternal half-brother Run the Gantlet, another top turf handicap horse in the U.S., sired only stayers Ardross and Commanche Run 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, who was both successful damsire and ancestor of national hunt horses, but not a successor of the line.

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