Sprinter Ishiguru Retired to Stud

Ishiguru, who trainer Aidan O'Brien regarded as one of his brightest sprinting hopes for this season, has been retired and sold to take up stallion duties at Tweenhills Farm & Stud in

The 4-year-old, who was just coming back into training having pulled a shoulder muscle earlier in the year, will arrive at his new home later this week.

As a juvenile, Ishiguru won a Naas maiden by 11 lengths, after which O'Brien said: "He has blinding speed and I rate him very highly...I think he'll make a top-class sprinter next season."

Following that win, Timeform rated Ishiguru at 114 pounds, below only champion juvenile Nayef, the group I winners Minardi, Dilshaan, Tobougg, Beckett, Okawango and Bad As I Wanna Be and impressive Listed scorer Hemingway.

Last season, his successes included the Listed Belgrave Stakes at the Curragh and the group III Flying Five at Leopardstown. Following Ishiguru's victory in the latter, the Flying Five was upgraded to group II status this year.

Ishiguru boasts an outstanding stallion's pedigree. He is by Danzig, whose hugely-successful sons at stud include Danehill, Green Desert, Chief's Crown, Polish Precedent and Anabaa. He is out of the brilliant juvenile filly Strategic Maneuver, winner of five starts as a 2-year-old including the grade I Spinaway Stakes over six furlongs and grade 1 Matron Stakes over seven furlongs.

Ishiguru was Danzig's most-expensive yearling sold in 1999 when bought for $1.15 million by Demi O'Byrne at the Keeneland July Sale.

David Redvers, manager of Tweenhills Farm & Stud, said today:
"Ishiguru proved himself to be an outstanding sprinter last year and was held in the very highest regard by Aidan O'Brien. It was just a shame that he did not make it to the course this season to fully realise that potential.

"It would be hard to ask for better credentials in a sire and I am sure he will be well received by breeders looking for a competitively-priced, lightning-fast and impeccably-bred young stallion."

Ishiguru was sold in a deal brokered by Rachel Boffey of Kern Lillingston and will stand for a fee of £3,500,