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Workforce beats Nakayama Festa to win the Arc Longchamp 03.10.2010

Nakayama Festa (7) finished second to Workforce in the Arc in 2010

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Arc second Nakayama Festa retired to stud

NAKAYAMA Festa, who was narrowly denied by Workforce in the 2010 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has been retired and will now take up stallion duties in his native Japan.

The five-year-old son of Stay Gold returned to Longchamp this year in his bid to go one better but he finished well down the field in 11th place,  over 14 lengths behind the winner Danedream.

He will now retire to stud at the stallion station in Hidaka Cho and his trainer Yoshitaka Ninomiya said: "He doesn't have any injuries but we thought it was better for him to retire when his condition was good."

Nakayama Festa won three races during his 13-race career, including the Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen in June 2010.

"My best memory is the 2010 Takarazuka Kinen," added Ninomiya. "After he won, I decided he should challenge for the Arc. Many horses by Stay Gold are good, so I expect he will be a good stallion."

Jockey Masayoshi Ebina, who rode him in all but two of his races, said: "I'm relieved he will be a stallion without safety. I hope his progeny will win the Arc some day."




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