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Black Sam Bellamy wins the Tattersalls Gold Cup by eight lengths in 2003

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Black Sam Bellamy to stand at Shade Oak Stud

BLACK SAM BELLAMY, who has stood at Gestüt Fährhof since his retirement in 2004, has been leased by the north German operation to stand at Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire next year.

The deal was brokered by Fiona Marner and bloodstock agent Axel Donnerstag.

It had been announced in September that the brother to Europe's champion sire elect, Galileo, would stand at Scarvagh House in Northern Ireland. However, the stud subsequently decided that it would cease to operate as a public stallion farm.

A son of Sadler's Wells and Arc de Triomphe heroine Urban Sea, Black Sam Bellamy was Group 1-placed at two, won the Gran Premio del Jockey Club at three and the Tattersalls Gold Cup at four.

He has two crops of racing age, and his best runners include the German Group 3 winners Valdino and Goathemala.

Shade Oak has traditionally stood primarily National Hunt stallions, but it is expected that Black Sam Belamy will cover around 75 per cent Flat mares.

Peter Hockenhull, manager of Shade Oak Stud, said: "This is a great opportunity for the stud, and an even better one for British breeders to get into the best gene pool around at the moment. We have set a very realistic fee, especially considering the relative strength of the euro."

His fee for next year has been set at £4,500.

 

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