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Crossharbour and Stephane Pasquier win the Group 3 Prix Gontaut-Biron

Crossharbour (left): the son of Zamindar is a half-brother to Rail Link

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French National Stud adds three new stallions

THE French National Stud has added three new recruits to its stallion ranks for 2010.

Group 2 winners Crossharbour and Racinger will retire to the operation's base in Cercy-la-Tour in central France.

Bred and raced by Khalid Abdullah, Crossharbour is a Zamindar half-brother to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Rail Link.

Trained by Andre Fabre, he won five of his 11 starts, including La Coupe at four and the Prix du Conseil de Paris and Prix Gontaut-Biron this year at five. His fee has been set at €1,300.

Racinger is a Spectrum half-brother to Prix Ganay winner Corre Caminos whose yearling half-brother by Montjeu was purchased for €750,000 by Coolmore at Deauville in August.

The Freddie Head-trained horse landed the Prix Edmond Blanc and the Prix du Muguet in the spring of his four-year-old campaign and in the autumn was bought for €650,000 at the Arqana Arc Sale for Hamdan Al Maktoum later in the same day as he finished runner-up in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein.

In the sheikh's familiar blue and white silks Racinger won the Prix Messidor last season and beat subsequent Sun Chariot Stakes scorer Sahpresa to add the Prix Quincey to his resume this year at the age of six. His first stud fee has been set at €1,400.

Lauro completes the French National Stud's trio of new acquisitions.

The six-year-old son of Monsun, who beat Rail Link at Chantilly and was Group 2-placed in his native Germany at three before being transferred to race in North America, where he won a Grade 2 contest and was Grade 1-placed, will stand at the Haras National du Pin for a fee of €1,500.




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