Multiple Group I Winner Novellist to Japan

Novellist, who this summer broke the track record at Ascot by two seconds in the group I King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, has been retired and sold to stand in Japan at Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Stallion Station, according to a report from the Racing Post.

According to the Post, Dr. Christoph Bergar, the colt's owner and breeder, has retained breeding rights to the 4-year-old son of deceased German champion sire Monsun and will send a number of his mares to Novellist.

Bred in Ireland, Novellist is out of the group III-winning German mare Night Lagoon, by Lagunas. Offered at auction as a yearling at the 2010 Baden-Baden sale, Novellist was unsold at a final bid of €100,000 ($128,950 US).

Sent into training with Andreas Wohler at 2, the multiple group I winner boasts a record of nine wins and a second in 11 starts and earnings just shy of $1.9 million.

A highweighted colt in Germany and Italy in 2012, Novellist has won seven group stakes, including four group I events in as many countries: the Gran Premio del Jockey Club (Ity-I); Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I), the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I); and the Longines-Grosser Preis von Baden Super-Dreierwette (Ger-I).

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