English Champion Nayef to Shadwell in England

Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stud announced that homebred champion and millionaire Nayef has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Shadwell's Nunnery Stud in England. The 5-year-old son of Gulch is the last offspring of champion and dominant broodmare Height of Fashion (by Bustino). Champion half-brothers Nashwan and Unfuwain stood for their entire careers there.

Nayef won nine of 19 starts and earned $3,594,157 in his career. This year, he won the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) and placed in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I), and Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I).

Angus Gold, Sheikh Hamdan's racing manager, said. "Nayef is one of the toughest and most genuine horses I have ever come across. He really is an outstanding athlete, beautifully balanced and thoroughly consistent."

Nayef's other group I wins came in last year's Juddmonte International and the 2001 Dubai Champion Stakes, also in England. He was England's champion 3-year-old male at 9 1/2 to 11 furlongs in 2001, and was a champion in Dubai the following year..

Nayef's fee will be announced at a later date.