High Chaparral To Miss Southern Hemisphere Season

Without giving a specific reason, Coolmore announced High Chaparral had a "minor setback at the end of the recent breeding season" and will not shuttle to Australia as planned. The Southern Hemisphere breeding season begins Sept. 1.

The 2003 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) winner stands at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. He also counted among his wins the Epsom (Eng-I) and Irish (Ire-I) Derbys. Racing for Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier, High Chaparral won 10 of 13 races and earned $5,331,231

High Chaparral (by Sadler's Wells--Kasora, by Darshaan) stood his first season this year in Ireland for a fee of 35,000 euros (about U.S. $44,500).

The release from Coolmore, owned by John Magnier and partners, said High Chaparral "is expected to return to normal service in Ireland next year and then be able to shuttle to Australia in 2005."

The announcement, so near the start of the breeding season, means Coolmore will have only one son of champion sire Sadler's Wells standing in Australia this year, Galileo.