Van Nistelrooy, the world's most expensive yearling sold at auction in 2001, has been retired from racing due to injury. He will stand at Trelawney Stud in New Zealand for the upcoming season after a deal was brokered by New Zealand Bloodstock and Adrian Nicoll of BBA (Ireland). Bred by Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable, the son of Storm Cat out of the Halo mare Halory will enter quarantine and be shipped to New Zealand in early August.
A $6.4 million yearling purchase, Van Nistelrooy won his first three starts, including the Galileo E.B.F. Futurity Stakes (Ire-II) and the Flame of Tara Tyros Stakes. He also placed in the Aga Khan Studs National Stakes (Ire-I) and Hackney Empire Royal Lodge Stakes (Eng-II). In what would be his final start, he finished fifth in last year's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) for Stonerside, Sue Magnier, and Michael Tabor. He retired with three wins from six starts and earnings of $229,980.
Van Nistelrooy, who was bred on the same Storm Cat/Halo cross as grade I winner Harlan, is a half-brother to graded stakes winners Halory Hunter, Prory, Brushed Halory, and Key Lory.