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Astern To Stand In Kentucky

Last year’s Golden Rose winner Astern will start his overseas stud career in Kentucky in 2018.

Astern To Stand In Kentucky

Last year’s Golden Rose winner Astern will start his overseas stud career in Kentucky in 2018.

The young son of Medaglia D’Oro will stand the 2018 northern hemisphere breeding season at Darley Jonabell Farm in Lexington.

He is currently standing his first season at Darley Kelvinside in NSW.


Astern (Medaglia d’Oro xEssaouira by Exceed and Excel) won five of his nine starts in the Godolphin colours including victories in the G1 Golden Rose and G2 Silver Slipper Stakes and was placed in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and G2 Roman Consul Stakes.

His retired has Medaglia d’Oro’s highest rated son with a Timeform rating of 126.

Astern is a half-brother to Godolphin’s current star filly Alizee (Sepoy), winner of the G1 Flight Stakes and G2 Tea Rose Stakes at her last two starts.

His US stud fee has been set at $US15,000 with his book limited to 120 mares.

2016 GOLDEN ROSE - Astern

Leading US turf sire Kitten’s Joy will relocate to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Kentucky for the 2018 breeding season.

Hill ‘n’ Dale’s owner John Sikura has acquired a 50 percent stake in the stallion with Ken and Sarah Ramsey retaining the other half-interest. SIkura plans to syndicate his share in the stallion.

“He’s the premier turf sire in North America and we believe he has the potential to be a leading international sire,” Sikura said.

“His progeny are winning Group races all over the world and with the re-emerging influence of turf racing in America I think it provides a great opportunity.”

Kitten’s Joy (El Prado x Kitten’s First, by Lear Fan) is the sire of 11 G1 winners among 86 black type winners and this year include Secretariat Stakles winner Oscar Performance, Sword Dancer Invitational victor Sadler’s Joy and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic winner Divisidero.

Hill ‘n’ Dale also stands Kentucky Derby winner Curlin.

There was an incredibly strong Kiwi flavour to the result of Saturday’s A$120,000 UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington.



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