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Bated Breath retired to Banstead Manor Stud

TOP sprinter Bated Breath is set to stand alongside his sire Dansili at Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket next season.

The five-year-old has been retired from racing, a decision made because Bated Breath is a fast-ground specialist and is unlikely to encounter his favoured conditions for the remainder of the season.

Described by trainer Roger Charlton as "the best sprinter I've ever trained", Bated Breath was a tough and consistent performer, winning or finishing placed in 13 of 18 starts.

He enjoyed one of his finest moments earlier this season when landing the Temple Stakes, in which he broke the six-furlong Haydock track record, but also ran a close second in no fewer than four Group 1 sprints - last season's July Cup, Betfred Sprint Cup and Nearctic Stakes and this year's King's Stand Stakes.

He closed his career last month by running third in the Betfred Sprint Cup. In all, he defeated 17 individual Group 1 winners who won 34 Group 1 races and retires with earnings of £419,945.

Charlton yesterday paid tribute to Bated Breath. "He has been a wonderful horse to train; genuine, tough, sound and consistent with a bombproof temperament," he said.

"I am sure when breeders see him they will fall in love with him. Being by Dansili and a half-brother to Cityscape, who has earned more than £2.7 million, and from the family of champion European two-year-old Xaar, he should be a big hit in the breeding shed.

"His victory this year at Haydock when he beat Sole Power in the Temple Stakes in a course record time was very special. His best performance was achieved over six furlongs in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock last year, in which he was beaten a whisker by Dream Ahead, the winner of five Group 1 races.

"We will all miss his  wonderful bold head looking out of his box. I look forward to training his sons and daughters."

Bated Breath shares his sire with Rail Link and Strategic Prince, both of whom have sired Group 1 performers from their first crops of runners.

Bred by Juddmonte Farms, he is out of the dual 7f Listed
winner Tantina and is a half-brother to another of this season's stars, Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape. His second dam, Didina, won the Grade 2 Dahlia Handicap.

In addition, he is bred on the highly successful Dansili- Distant View cross, which has produced five black-type winners from nine starters, including the Group 1 heroine Emulous and Group 2 scorer Zacinto.

"Bated Breath is a really exciting stallion for Juddmonte," said general manager Philip Mitchell.

"He is an exceptionally fast son of Dansili and, like his sire, was unlucky not to win a Group 1 race, but retires as a track record-breaking Group 2 winner. I am quite certain he has a very promising stallion career ahead.

"He will be available for inspection by breeders at Banstead Manor Stud from Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales.

"His nomination fee will be confirmed after the forthcoming yearling sales."

 

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