Scorpion Retired, Fasliyev to Japan

Scorpion Retired, Fasliyev to Japan
Photo: John Crofts
Scorpion will stand stud at Coolmore Ireland in 2008.

Scorpion, winner of three group I stakes, has been retired from racing and will stand for Coolmore National Hunt at Castle Hyde Stud in Ireland, Coolmore said in a Nov. 9 release.

Also, according to The Racing Post, Coolmore has sold Fasliyev, a 10-year-old son of Nureyev, to a syndicate of Japanese breeders. Fasliyev had been standing the past two years at Coolmore Stud in Ireland for 15,000 euros. He will be moved to Yushun Stud in Hokkaido.

Fasliyev, a son of the Mr. Prospector mare Mr. P's Princess, was Europe's champion juvenile in 1999. He has had five black type Northern Hemisphere runners this year including group I winner Carry on Katie and group II winner City Leader.

Scorpion, by Montjeu out of the Law Society mare Ardmelody, was highweighted in 2005 at the age of 3 on the English Free Handicap (14 furlongs and up). That year, he won the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) at 14.6 furlongs at Doncaster.

In his previous start, Scorpion captured the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I) at 11.93 furlongs at Longchamp, and before that finished second in the Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) behind Hurricane Run at the Curragh.

In 2007, 5-year-old Scorpion won the Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) at 12.05 furlongs at Epsom, and in his last start finished second in the 14-furlong Irish Field St. Leger (Fr-I) behind Yeats at the Curragh.

Scorpion, owned by Susan Magnier and trained by Aidan O’Brien, was bred in Ireland by Grangemore Stud. He earned $1,744,153.

“The Coolmore National Hunt sires have already made a fantastic start to the new season, and we are delighted to have added another outstanding prospect to the roster in Scorpion,” Coolmore’s David Magnier said in the release. “He finished first or second in 10 of his 15 races, and he’s an exceptionally good-looking horse with all the qualities required to make a top sire.”

Scorpion’s fee is not yet available.

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