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The Cheka: July Cup runner-up is one of the best performers by Xaar

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Brilliant juvenile Xaar retired from stud duty

XAAR, the brilliant Dewhurst Stakes winner of 1997, has been retired from stud duty by Darley.

The 17-year-old son of Zafonic has spent the past five seasons at Darley's base in Japan but is likely to live in retirement in Europe.
Xaar started his stud career in 2001 for Darley at Kildangan Stud in Ireland. He was transferred to Haras du Logis in Normandy in 2007 and joined Darley Japan in 2008.

Clive Cox fared particularly well with progeny of the stallion, saddling Xtension to win the Vintage Stakes and Balthazaar's Gift to win the Park and Hungerford Stakes. Xtension went on to strike at Group 1 level in Hong Kong while Balthazaar's Gift now stands at Arrow Track Stallions in Canada.

Other high-profile performers by Xaar include Gimcrack Stakes scorer Tony James and this year's July Cup runner-up The Cheka.

Bred by Juddmonte Farms from the first crop of Zafonic, Xaar defeated Tamarisk by seven lengths when successful in the 1997 Dewhurst Stakes for Andre Fabre. He also won the Prix de la Salamandre and the Craven Stakes.




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