Karaktar is already shining incredibly brightly with his first two crops on the track. Among his 4-year-olds, Il Est Français has evolved from the top level on the flat – second in the Prix Jacques de Vienne (Gr.1) – to become a champion at Auteuil. Unbeaten in four outings at France’s jumps headquarters, he outclassed the field in the Prix Renaud du Vivier (Gr.1) at the end of the season, confirming his position as the leader of his generation over hurdles. Karaktar now has a host of talented progeny, such as You’re the Boss, Île O Vent, Irish Chanel and Janeiro Verde. The momentum is building for this representative of the Aga Khan Studs’ breeding operation, whose own qualities were never fully seen on the track due to injury, but who is flourishing at stud.