I don't think his conformation will answer any questions regarding his popularity. He is popular because his first several crops (produced from mediocre mares) resulted in staggeringly high percentages of stakes winners from runners. He still has continued to produce G1 winners each year since he has taken off (mostly in Europe through Coolmore), but with the books he has gotten and the prices his yearlings have fetched in the last 2-3 years, I frankly have been a bit disappointed in his numbers as of late. Though I guess his books have only been getting better and better since 2014 so the next few years will be telling. Air Force Blue looks a superstar in the making so...
Not that he was ever really a slouch, but he could really clean up in 2016. He has been knocking on the door for years in Europe, but I think the relatively weak pool of older turf horses in North America (Big Blue Kitten, The Pizza Man... maybe Bolo?) may set him up for some G1 wins. I wonder if they will consider sending him back to France for the Arc in the Fall. Being 2nd the last two years in a row certainly can't hurt his odds.
I can't see Dortmund racing again. The lack of works and his apparent lack of 'energy' makes me feel like he isn't the horse he was in 2015.
Maurice has not yet fully recovered from his trip to Hong Kong and will now bypass the G1 Dubai Turf. He is expected to make his next start in the Yasuda Kinen on June 5th, according to Katsumi Yoshida
That's too bad. Hopefully some long term R&R can bring back some of the zest he had before Ascot
For a colt who raced 12 times in 4 years, whose only wins were in a MSW and an AOC, and at best was runner up in a single G1? I can't see many farms fighting to stand NI. I'd be shocked if he stood in Kentucky, and if he stands for more than $5000
Japanese Derby winner and Arc 4th placed Kizuna has been retired, stud plans have not been announced
I'm sure the horse won't mind the criticism
Avenir Certain has been sold to Teruya Yoshida and, according to rumours, has been retired and is set to be exported to Japan
This is one to look out for in the future, as Lord Horse Club may have another superstar on their hands. Lord Quest won the Niigata Nisai (for 2 y/os) today by 4 lengths geared down with devastating ease.
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