Bachelor Duke: will not be returning to Ballylinch Stud in 2010PICTURE: Getty Images
Bachelor Duke set to remain in New Zealand
IRISH 2,000 Guineas winner Bachelor Duke will remain at the Oaks Stud in New Zealand for the next 12 months after connections decided to rest the nine-year-old son of Miswaki.
Bachelor Duke was scheduled to stand the 2010 northern hemisphere season at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland - where he entered stud five years ago - at a fee of €6,000.
"We've decided to give Bachelor Duke a break from shuttling," said John O'Connor, managing director of Ballylinch. "He's been very popular in New Zealand, covering books of 130 to 150 mares, and we'll decide later in the year whether he will resume shuttling."
Trained by James Toller, Bachelor Duke defeated Azamour and Grey Swallow when breaking his maiden in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. Before that win, he had run a close third in the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes and fourth in the Dewhurst Stakes.
So far, the best of his two crops to race in the northern hemisphere has been Silver Flash Stakes heroine Luminous Eyes, who sold for $525,000 to the BBA Ireland at last year's Keeneland November Sale, and the promising two-year-oldNurture, who went down by a nose to Timepiece in the Listed Montrose Fillies' Stakes last October.
Bachelor Duke was also crowned the leading first season sire of 2007-08 in New Zealand, where he has been represented by dual Group 2 winner Keyora and Prince Of Wales, who narrowly failed to land the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.
He stood the past southern hemisphere season for NZ$8,000 (£3,592/€4,071).