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Coolmore's Rip Van Winkle to begin stud career at four

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

Archive - Rip van Winkle wins QEII Stakes in 2009

Rip Van Winkle will embark on a stud career at Coolmore after a slight setback ruled him out of a trip to the 2010 Breeders' Cup meeting in November.

The four-year-old won the Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2009 before landing the 10-furlong Juddmonte International at York in August.

Meanwhile, two other Aidan O'Brien-trained stars, Fame and Glory plus Cape Blanco, will miss the Breeders' Cup.

But they will remain in training when the 2011 campaign starts.

Rip Van Winkle, last seen when finishing a narrow second in September's QEII, had been due to tackle the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.

As well as winning three Group Ones, he was the only horse who made Sea The Stars pull out all the stops

Eddie Fitzpatrick
Coolmore manager

However, O'Brien has been forced to call time on his career and the Coolmore Stud operation now looks forward to welcoming him to its burgeoning stallion roster.

Coolmore manager Eddie Fitzpatrick reflected: "It's great to stand a son of Galileo at Coolmore, especially as Rip Van Winkle has the highest Timeform rating of any son of Galileo.

"A figure of 134 rates him the equal of his sire and 2lbs superior to Galileo's Derby winner New Approach. As well as winning three Group Ones, he was the only horse who made Sea The Stars pull out all the stops when they clashed in the Eclipse Stakes. He was also precocious enough to win a Group race as a two-year-old before the end of July."

Coolmore's general manager Christy Grassick added: "Rip Van Winkle looks guaranteed to work very well with mares that have Danehill or Danzig blood, and he should prove a great asset to the many breeders who can no longer access Galileo's services."


O'Brien said both Fame And Glory and Cape Blanco had had "hard races and tough passages" in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and so would take the rest of the year off.

Outlining his Breeders' Cup team, O'Brien stated: "Beethoven is being aimed at the Mile and Bright Horizon will go for the Marathon. Together is under serious consideration for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, while Treasure Beach, who ran third in the Royal Lodge, may go for the Juvenile Turf.

"We will be declaring both Seville and Master Of Hounds in the morning for the Racing Post Trophy on Saturday and it is possible, depending on how they get on, that one of them might go for the Juvenile Turf."

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QEII victory for Rip Van Winkle
26 Sep 09 |  Horse Racing

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