Anabaa's Travel Plans to Australia Delayed

Plans for Danzig stallion Anabaa to shuttle from France to Australia for his sixth season at Widden Stud in Australia have been delayed as a result of injury at the Head family's Haras du Quesnay. Anabaa, the sire of five individual group I winners. had been due to leave Europe on August 10.

The 11-year-old is lame after straining his right front ankle and tearing ligaments. Veterinary advice prescribed rest rather than travel, the long term prognosis positive.

"Anabaa is such a magnificent stallion and such a valuable horse we could not risk him in any way," said Widden's Antony Thompson, "so the decision was made to delay travel arrangements. At this stage we hope to bring him to Sydney toward the end of August, meaning he would be released from quarantine by September 12."

It is unfortunate for Widden as Anabaa was restricted to two mares at his 2000 Southern season through injury.