Intense Focus: hails from the family of Irish Derby hero Soldier Of FortunePICTURE: CAROLINE NORRIS
Intense Focus retired to Ballylinch Stud
INTENSE FOCUS, winner of the Dewhust Stakes in 2008, is to retire to Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny for 2010.
He raced nine times as a juvenile, winning twice, with his other victory coming in a Curragh maiden on his second start. He was also second to Art Connoisseur in the Coventry Stakes and third behind Naaqoos in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Intense Focus is by Giant's Causeway and out of the Danehill mare Daneleta, a 7f juvenile winner and Group 3-placed. He is also from the family of Irish Derby winner Soldier Of Fortune.
His former trainer Jim Bolger is involved in the partnership of breeders who own him.
Ballylinch managing director John O'Connor said: "Intense Focus goes to stud as a Group 1-winning two-year-old by Giant's Causeway at a time when his sire's first two sons at stud, Shamardal and Footstepsinthesand, havemade excellent starts to their stallion careers.
"He is a beautifully conformed and very correct horse whose
looks will really appeal to breeders. As befits a very fast two-year-old he should have a strong influence for speed and precocity as he is a C:C on the Equinome Genetic Profile."