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Reliable Man, Protectionist Top Gestut Rottgen Roster

Group 1 winners will stand for €6,500 in 2021.

Reliable Man will stand for €6,500 in 2021

Reliable Man will stand for €6,500 in 2021

Courtesy of Westbury Stud

Reliable Man, who returned to Gestut Rottgen last month after a spell at Haras d'Annebault, will stand for €6,500 after the Cologne stud announced its fees for 2021.

Sven and Carina Hanson's gray son of Dalakhani who won the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, G1) and Santos Coffee Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) at Randwick has produced the likes of champion German 2-year-old Erasmus and Henkel-Preis der Diana (German Oaks, G1) runner-up Naida.

As a frequent Southern Hemisphere shuttler, he has also sired group 1 stars Sentimental Miss and Miami Bound in Australia and New Zealand. On Nov. 21, he was responsible for Kirin-Railway Stakes (G1) winner Inspirational Girl, who was providing her sire with his third individual group 1 winner when taking out the Ascot highlight.

The Grant and Alana Williams-trained 5-year-old won the Hosemasters Asian Beau Stakes (G3) in her previous start and has been beaten only twice in 11 outings. 

Joining 12-year-old Reliable Man at a fee of €6,500 is Emirates Melbourne Cup (G1) hero Protectionist, who has produced stakes performers Amazing Grace and Milka from his first crop of 2-year-olds. 

Protectionist, a four-length winner over the admirable Red Cadeaux in the Australian showstopper in 2014, also struck in the Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin (G1) at 6 and landed six stakes contests in all. 

Completing the three-strong roster is Millowitsch, a multiple stakes winner for Markus Klug. The 7-year-old will stand for a fee of €1,111, payable Nov. 11. 

The rather curious sum and condition comes from a Cologne joke as Millowitsch is named after renowned Cologne comedian and TV star Willy Millowitsch, who was closely associated with the city. In Cologne, it is tradition that the carnival starts every year at 11:11 a.m. Nov. 11.

Rottgen's manager, Frank Dorff, said: "We're delighted to welcome back Reliable Man and look forward to seeing his 94 2-year-olds—by far his biggest crop to date—run for him next year.

"Protectionist's first 2-year-olds have shown great promise and should be a different proposition at 3. We believe Millowitsch offers breeders both an outcross and a horse who had real speed and was a consistent group performer through three seasons.

"We will be supporting all three of our stallions in 2021 with our own mares."