Royal Academy Staying in Australia

Royal Academy Staying in Australia
Photo: Courtesy Ashford Stud
Royal Academy

Royal Academy, who distinguished himself at various locales around the world, will not stand in 2008 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., as planned, but will remain at Coolmore Australia, according to Chris Scholtz in racingandsports.com. The 20-year-old son of Nijinsky II was scheduled to stand for $15,000.

"We decided he has done enough traveling," Coolmore Australia general manager Michael Kirwan told Scholtz. "He will be covering mares next year (2008). Hopefully he still has a few more years ahead of him."

Royal Academy, who covered 94 mares in 2007 at Ashford, a Coolmore satellite, also stood at Coolmore in Ireland and in South America and Japan. He has sired 148 stakes winners and ranks seventh on The Blood-Horse's leading sires list of 2007.

An English and Irish champion at 3, Royal Academy scored his big wins in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) and Carroll Foundation July Cup (Eng-I). He is out of the Crimson Satan mare Crimson Saint.

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