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Vision D'Etat in Dubai 25.03.2010

Vision D'Etat: the son of Chichicastenango won the Prix du Jockey Club

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Vision D'Etat to stand at Grandcamp in 2011

FOUR-TIME Group 1 winner Vision D'Etat will stand his first season at the Haras du Grandcamp next year.

Trained by Eric Libaud for his wife Vicky and Jacques Detre, the son of Chichicastenango made a victorious comeback in last Saturday's Prix Gontaut-Biron having not been seen out since running in the Dubai World Cup in March.

Vision D'Etat will join resident stallions Linda's Lad, Majorien, Sunday Break and Chichi Creasy at the Normandy stud farm, which is owned by Eric Lhermite.

"I am absolutely delighted to be standing Vision D'Etat, it had been something I had been dreaming about for a long time and I can't believe it has come true. We sold him as a yearling and it is great for him to return to the farm," Lhermite said.

"There is no other horse retiring to stud in France this year that has won that many Group 1s, and it is a great thing for French breeding that he stays here thanks to his owners. He is a very good looking horse, whose career is not yet finished and I will definitely be sending a number of mares to him as well as possibly purchasing some at the sales."

Bought for €39,000 by Libaud at the Arqana December Sales in 2006, Vision d'Etat has now won over €2million in prize money. Having started his career at a provincial racetrack near Nantes, the five year old remained unbeaten in two starts at two, before taking his next four starts including the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club and Prix Niel for his connections.

Last year, the colt took the Prix Ganay before a scintillating victory in the Prince of Wales'sStakes at Royal Ascot. He finished 2009 with a win in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup.

Vision D'Etat's next target is likely to be the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket (October 16) before a second tilt at winning the Hong Kong Cup.




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