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An Cathaoir Mor - Leopardstown 24.01.10

An Cathaoir Mor: the son of Turtle Island won the Irish Arkle

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Turtle Island transferred to Sicily for 2010

TURTLE ISLAND, sire of Sunday's Irish Arkle Chase winner An Cathaoir Mor, will stand this season at Allevamento Torre di Canicarao in Sicily.

The Irish 2,000 Guineas-winning son of Fairy King has stood in recent seasons at Coolmore's Beeches Stud in County Waterford.

He has carved out a good reputation as a dual-purpose sire, having supplied 2,000 Guineas winner Island Sands in his first crop and going on to provide high-class jumps performers including Scolardy, Liskennet and Bensalem.

His latest star in the jumps sphere is An Cathaoir Mor, whorocketed up ante-post betting lists for the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival after shooting down better fancied rivals Sports Line and Take The Breeze to win the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown.

Turtle Island will command a fee of €5,000 this year and will stand alongside Imperial Ballet.




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