European Star Giant's Causeway to Stud at Coolmore in 2001
Updated: Friday, September 29, 2000 2:51 PM
Posted: Monday, September 25, 2000 3:51 PM
Photo: Trevor Jones
Giant's Causeway canters to post for the Coral Eclipse Stakes in July.
Giant's Causeway, the son of Storm Cat who was upset Saturday in his bid for six consecutive group I victories, will enter stud at Coolmore in Ireland next year, according to PA News. The son of Storm Cat raced by Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier finished second to Observatory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot on Saturday. With nine wins and three seconds in his dozen career starts, Giant's Causeway had reportedly become the first English horse since Nijinsky II to win five consecutive group I races.
During his group I win streak, Giant's Causeway accounted for the St. James's Palace Stakes, Coral Eclipse Stakes, Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes, Juddmonte International Stakes, and the Esat Digifone Irish Champion Stakes, while finishing second in the Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) and the Entenmanns Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I).
The decision to stand Giant's Causeway at Coolmore gives the Irish-based breeding and racing entity a solid one-two punch in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic. The Aidan O'Brien-trained Giant's Causeway will end his career when he faces Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus in the Nov. 4 Classic at Churchill Downs. Coolmore and partners paid a reported $60-million to $70-million earlier this year for Fusaichi Pegasus, who will enter stud next year at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky. Fees for both horses will be announced later.
Meanwhile, the Irish Times reports there is a possibility Giant's Causeway and Fusaichi Pegasus could meet in the Oct. 14 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
"He's a possible for the (Dubai) Champion Stakes, that's all," O'Brien said. He might go to Belmont on October 14 for their 10-furlong race on dirt. We will see closer the time."
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