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Pyro - 01.05.08

Pyro: Grade 1-winning son of Pulpit will stand at Darley Japan

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Grade 1 winner Pyro retired to stud in Japan

PYRO, winner of this season's Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga, been retired to stand at Darley Japan on the island of Hokkaido. A fee of Y2million has been set for the four-year-old, who will be the first son of Pulpit to stand in Japan.

Darley Japan will also welcome leading Australian sire Commands and outstanding Japanese performer Deep Sky - the best son of the late champion sire Agnes Tachyon - on their roster next season.

Pyro was initially campaigned by Steve Asmussen on behalf of his breeder Winchell Thoroughbreds, for whom he developed into a leading Kentucky Derby candidate with wins in the Grade 3 Risen Star Stakes and Grade 2 Louisiana Derby.

His breeding rights were acquired by Sheikh Mohammed prior to the Kentucky Derby - in which he ran eighth - and he was duly switched to Godolphin earlier this season.

The son of Pulpit went on to add a victory in the 12-runner Forego Stakes over triple Grade 1 winner Kodiak Kowboy to his resume. He was also placed in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes, Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Travers Stakes.

Out of the winning Wild Again Wild Vision, Pyro is a three-parts brother to Grade 3 winner War Echo and from the immediate family of successful sire Wild Wonder.

"The stallion operation in Japan is going from strength to strength," said John Ferguson in a statement. "It gives Sheikh Mohammed great satisfaction to be involved in the racing and breeding industry and standing both Commands and Pyro as new international sires for 2010 is proof of Darley's commitment to the Japanese industry.

"Sheikh Mohammed is excited by the prospect of racing with an international owners license and would like to take this opportunity to thank the JRA and the Japanese owners and breeders for their support. He is determined to make a positive contribution."

Commands has been responsible for no fewer than 21 stakes performers in Australia this season led by the Group 1 winners Purple and Russeting. The son of Danehill - who stood the 2002 season at Haras du Quesnay - spends the southern hemisphere season at Woodlands Stud.

Deep Sky, last year's champion three-year-old and Japanese Derby and NHK Mile Cup winner, will enter stud ¥3.5 million.

Darley Japan fees 2010

 Name  2010 fee  (Y)  2010 fee (£)
 Admire Moon  4million  27,190
 Alkaased  2.5million  16,994
 *Commands  5million  33,988
 *Deep Sky  3.5million  23,791
 Fantastic Light  2million  13,595
 Rule Of Law  1million  6,798
 Storming Home  1.5million  10,197
 Xaar  1million  6,798






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