Godolphin millionaire Fantastic Light will retire to stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, following an appearance in the Oct. 27 World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Belmont Park. A fee will be announced at a later date.
Five-year-old Fantastic Light (Rahy--Jood, by Nijinsky II) has won 11 of 24 races and earned $6,374,157. Bred by Sheikh Maktoum's Gainsborough Farm, he began his racing career for Sheikh Maktoum and trainer Michael Stoute, then was transferred to the Godolphin racing outfit and trainer Saeed bin Suroor. Fantastic Light will stand as the property of Gainsborough Stud Management.
Fantastic Light defeated dual classic winner Galileo in winning the Food Island Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) in September. He also won this year's Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I), and his earlier wins included triumphs in the Tattersalls Gold Cup Stakes (Ire-I), Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), and Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT). He was a champion in Dubai in 2000.