The son of Salam was a prolific broodmare sire, and one his daughters produced the dam of Feu Follet, one of France's most influential sires.
Duc de Normandie's influence is still felt today, with last year's Prix d'Amerique winner( ) decending from one of the great horse's daughters Rose Marie IV, while two of France's successful sires Copenhagen Cup and Prix de France winner Kool du Caux and Criterium des 4 Ans winner Rolling d'Heripre ( ) also trace to the great Duc on the maternal line.
Rolling d'Heripre is represented by Blooma d'Heripre in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs which is one of two of France's most famous monte races which are run later today.
Indeed it was under saddle that some of Duc de Normandie's descendants excelled with top sire Gai Brillant (Podosis) and Fine Perle (Marpheulin) both being Saint-Leger winners themselves, while the monte millionaire of the 1990s Arcadia (Jiosco) won the Prix du Cornullier.
As befitting a race named after one of France's great stallions, some of giants of the game who have gone on to make their mark in the breeding shed feature heavily in the honours roll.
Reve d'Udon, a remarkable racehorse in his own right, a Criterium des 5 Ans winner in the bike and a Prix du Cornulier winner under saddle, is the grandsire of none other than Market Share, and he won this race twice in 1989 and 1990.
The world's leading sire for the past two seasons,also won the race twice in 2004-2005 and he is represented in the Prix Henri Balliere later in the day by the hot favourite Airport and a second entrant in Aglite Jenilou.
Another former Prix de Ducs de Normandie winner is France's champion monte stallionwho is the sire of top Saint-Leger chance Bomba.
The last two seasons the race has been won by Texas Charm, who was the favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique until injury, while the previous two winners were emerging sire( a son of ) and Prix d'Amerique winner Oyonnax ( ).
Jean-Paul Marmion's Roi du Lupin is the early favourite for this year's renewal, narrowly from Cedric Megissier 's Uhlan du Val and's Quinoa du Gers.
Thierry Duvaldesin's tough gelding Swedishman, Christian Bigeon's Tiego d'Etang and Phillipe Moulin's Valse Darling from the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable are the others in the market.
PRIX DES DUCS DE NORMANDIE - Caen
14/05/14 FR Group II Int UET Masters Series 2450m 4-10 150 000 euros
1 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr:
2 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Sebastien Baude
3 Radjah de Venel (g Vivaldi de Chenu - Fikla de Venel) Dr: Emeric Bizon Jean Paul Marmion
4 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Jean Etienne Dubois
5 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Joel Hallais
6 Valse Darling (m- Fly Darling) Dr:
7 Ramsey du Ham (g- Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Yvonnick Dousset
8 Axelle Dark (m- Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck
9 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr:
10 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Jean Paul Marmion
11 Ru de l'Airou (g- Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Patrick Martin
12 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Cedric Megissier
13 Quinoa du Gers (h- Targa du Chalange) Dr:
14 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr:
15 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon
16 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr:Jean Paul Marmion
by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com