Tuesday, 3 January 2006
: International stud and strallion news.
* TOP class Australian stayer Heroicity has died at stud in America.
Thoroughbred Times reported that the multiple G1 winner had died at Hilltop Farm in Maryland of acute gastric rupture at the age of 17.
A son of Cheraw, Heroicity began his stud career in New Zealand after winning the G1 BMW at Rosehill, the G1 Australian Derby at Ascot and the 1992 G1 West Australia Derby.
At stud in New Zealand he produced 48 winners and three stakes winners from seven crops and 178 foals of racing age.
* SIX-time G1 winner Rakti has arrived at Huma Park Stud in Ireland where he will begin stallion duty.
Rakti retires to stud with earnings of 2.7 million euros after winning at Group 1 level in each of the past three seasons.
His major wins included the Prince Of Wales's Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Champion Stakes, Premio Presidente della Repubblica, the Italian Derby and the 2005 Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes.
In the Lockinge he scored by five lengths and lowered Newbury's mile course record by 1.04 seconds.
He was rated the world's champion miler in the World Thoroughbred Rankings and champion European miler.
Rakti will stand for a fee of 12,000 euros.
Elusive City has also arrived back at Huma Park from New Zealand for his second season in Ireland.
* FORMER shuttle sire Prized, winner of the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Turf, will join the roster of nine stallions at O'Sullivan Farms in 2006.
Prized has sired 29 stakes winners including the Australian G1 winners Prized Gem and Sale Of Century.
Prized, who won nine of his 17 races, is by Kris S. out of the unraced My Dad George mare My Turbulent Miss.
Prized had been standing in Kentucky at Spendthrift Farm for the past three seasons.
First season stallions at OI'Sullivan Farms are Race On Green, by A.P. Indy, and Prints Of Peace, a son of Storm Cat.
* STORM Cat's son Catienus will return to Highcliff Farm in New York for the 2006 breeding season due to high demand from local breeders.
Catienus covered 110 mares at Highcliff last year.
Catienus was the leading US freshman sire by two-year-old winners in 2004 and continued to be well represented in 2005 with Breeders' Futurity winner Dawn Of War and Belmont Stakes third Nolan's Cat.
* MULTIPLEe G1 winner Castledale has been retired to Crestwood Farm in Kentucky.
The four-year-old is a son of Peintre Celebre from the Silver Hawk mare Louju was bred in Ireland but won two G1 races including the Santa Anita Derby and two other Group events in the US.