Crowded House: son of Rainbow Quest to stand at studPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Crowded House to stand at Wattle Grove Stud
CROWDED HOUSE, winner of the 2008 Racing Post Trophy, has been retired to stand at Wattle Grove Stud in Australia next season.
Crowded House has been added to the roster to replace former Wattle Grove Stud residents Helenus and Shellscrape.
Hellenus died earlier this month and Shellscrape, a group 1-winning son of Dane Shadow, was withdrawn from action after his foals were born without tails.
A son of Rainbow Quest, Crowded House started his career with Brian Meehan, winning twice as juvenile - his only victories - capturing a Kempton maiden before impressively landing the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster where he beat subsequent Group 1 winner Jukebox Jury.
At three, Crowded House was sent off a warm favourite for the Dante Stakes but finished a disappointing eighth. His only other run at three came in the Derby, where he finished sixth behind Sea The Stars.
Crowded House started his four-year-old campaign in Dubai, finishing second in a pair of Group 3s before heading back to Britain for the turf season where he was unplaced in three starts. He was then transferred to the US to be trained by Ben Cecil. He ran five times without hitting the bullseye for Cecil, but was narrowly touched off by Richard's Kid in the Grade 1 Pacific Stakes at Del Mar.
Owned by Paul Reddam throughout his racing career, Crowded House was last seen when tailing off in the Godolphin Mile at Meydan in March 2011.
The seven-year-old Crowded House was bred by Car Colston Hall Stud and is out of a half-sister to the American Oaks winner Ticker Tape.
He is from the immediate family of last year's unbeaten juvenile Reckless Abandon, who landed the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes.