Giant's Causeway to Replace Danehill in Australia
Updated: Saturday, June 29, 2002 10:31 PM
Posted: Friday, June 28, 2002 1:31 PM
Danehill will not shuttle to Australia for the 2002 breeding season. He has been shuttling to Australia since 1990, and Coolmore has decided to rest him for the 2002 southern hemisphere breeding season.
Giant's Causeway, the "Iron Horse," will be available to breeders at Coolmore Australia this season. The successful son of leading sire Storm Cat, out of champion racemare Mariah's Storm, Giant's Causeway won six group I races and was placed second in another three.
An unbeaten Group One winner at two, Giant's Causeway went on to earn his "Iron Horse" tag with an unbroken sequence of five group I wins at three, the first horse to do so since Nijinsky nearly 30 years earlier.
"We believe Giant's Causeway is sure to appeal to breeders as a very worthy and viable alternative to Danehill for the coming season. Danehill's progeny are best known for their ability and toughness, and Giant's Causeway was one of the best and toughest horses ever to have raced in Europe. He is also getting outstanding first foals in the Northern Hemishphere," commented Coolmore Australia manager Michael Kirwan.
His fee has been set at $137,500, which is the highest fee set for a horse standing in Australasia this season.
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