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Haradasun - Royal Ascot - 17.06.08

Haradasun: the son of Circles Of Gold won the Queen Anne Stakes in 2008

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High Chaparral to cover top Australian mare

COOLMORE shuttler High Chaparral has enjoyed a stand-out year in Australasia, supplying Group 1 winners Monaco Consul, Shoot Out and So You Think, and he is set to be rewarded by the visit of one of the region's best broodmares, Circles Of Gold.

An 18-year-old daughter of Marscay, Circles Of Gold is owned by Frank Tagg and the Arch of Gold Syndicate.

In a fruitful racing career, she won the Group 1 AJC Oaks and finished placed in a further four elite events, including the Caulfield Cup.

She has proved just as able in the breeding shed, producing six winners from eight foals to race, led by five-time Group 1 winner (including the Dubai Duty Free) Elvstroem and Haradasun, a dual Group 1 winner in Australia who joined Ballydoyle for a successful raid on the Queen Anne Stakes.

Further gloss is added to her pedigree by the fact that she is a half-sister to the grand-dam of this year's star sprinter Starspangledbanner.

High Chaparral finished second to Fastnet Rock in the leading list of second-season sires in Australasia last season, with 16 winners of A$5.2m in prize-money.

He shuttles to Coolmore's base in Australia this year for the first time, having stood in New Zealand previously.




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