Pat Smullen celebrates winning the Derby on Harzand in June
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Keith Melrose 11:01AM 24 OCT 2016
THE Aga Khan’s dual Derby winner Harzand has been retired to stand at Gilltown Stud, where he will join his owner’s stallion roster in 2017.
Harzand became trainer Dermot Weld’s first Derby winner when he beat US Army Ranger at Epsom in June. He went on to complete the double in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh, holding off Idaho.
The son of Sea The Stars ended his career with two down-the-field finishes in the Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but had earlier recorded Group success over 1m2f in the Ballysax Stakes.
Ridden exclusively by Pat Smullen, he won four of his seven starts and collected £1,535,850 in prize-money.
A statement released on the Aga Khan Studs website read: “The Aga Khan Studs are delighted to announce that Harzand will be another exciting new addition to the roster of Gilltown Stud for the 2017 breeding season.
“Harzand joins Born To Sea and Sea The Stars at Gilltown Stud in Ireland and breeders are welcome to come and see him on appointment, notably during the Goffs Breeding Stock Sale.”
Harzand’s stud fee for 2017 is yet to be announced.