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Power - The Curragh 26.05.2012

Power: the first son of Oasis Dream to stand at Coolmore

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Classic hero Power retired to Coolmore

AIDAN O'Brien has paid tribute to his Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Power, who has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore in 2013.

The son of Oasis Dream was injured in a rough renewal of the St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and while efforts were made to get him back for some of the autumn's big races, connections ran out of time.

O'Brien said: "Power is a smashing horse with lots of tactical speed and a great turn of foot. Unfortunately he sustained an injury at Royal Ascot when a horse came down in front of him and while we thought we'd have him back for an autumn campaign, we've just run out of time."

Power retires as the winner of five of nine starts and £429,539 in earnings. A fast, precocious two-year-old, he won his first three starts including the Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh and Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, in which he defeated 22 others including subsequent Group 2 winners Lethal Force, Chandlery and Trumpet Major.

He later bagged a first Group 1 when successful in the National Stakes and returned to the Curragh  this year to run out the length winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, with the likes of Hermival and Wrote in behind.

Power also ran second in the Dewhurst Stakes, despite meeting trouble in running, and Phoenix Stakes.

The first son of Oasis Dream to stand for Coolmore, Power is also the only runner by his sire to notch Group 1 victories as a two and three-year-old. He hails from a noted Hascombe and Valiant Stud family, being a half-brother to the Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Thakafaat and out of the winning Inchinor mare Frappe, a half-sister to the unbeaten 2,000 Guineas winner and proven sire Footstepsinthesand and Phoenix Stakes winner Pedro The Great.

"Power was a very talented and early-maturing two-year-old," said Eddie Fitzpatrick of Coolmre. "He's by a very successful sire and comes from a great family so we'd expect him to sire plenty of good two-year-olds with that extra bit of class. He's a very welcome addition to the roster."

Power's fee will be announced at a later date.

 

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