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Air Chief Marshal: the Minstrel Stakes winner will stand at €3,000

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Air Chief Marshal takes up stud duty in France

AIR CHIEF MARSHAL will become one of the first sons of Danehill Dancer to stand in France when he begins his stud career at the Haras de la Cauviniere in Normandy next year.

He will be the second stallion to stand at the up-and-coming stud managed by Sylvain Vidal, after Prix du Jockey Club hero Le Havre, who stood his first season this year.

Air Chief Marshal - a late withdrawal from last week's DBS November horses in training sales - is a three-year-old brother to European Free Handicap andfirst-crop yearling sire Misu Bond, and half-brother to dual Listed scorer Slip Dance.

A €320,000 yearling purchase for Coolmore, he was trained by Aidan O'Brien to win three of his 20 starts, including the Group 3 Minstrel Stakes. He was also runner-up to Alfred Nobel in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at two.

His appeal to French breeders may have been enhanced by the fact that his winning dam Hawala is a half-sister to this year's French Listed winner Zack Hall and to Group 3 Prix Fille de l'Air winner Afaf.

Air Chief Marshal's fee at Cauviniere next year has been set at €3,000.

 

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