Multiple Group I Winner Novellist to Japan

Winner of seven group stakes, Novellist will stand at Shadai Stallion Station.

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).