Librettist switched to France for 2009
GROUP 1-winning miler Librettist will stand at Haras du Logis in France next season at a fee of €7,000. The seven-year-old son of Danzig was originally scheduled to stand for £7,000 at Dalham Stud in Newmarket, where he has spent the past two seasons.
Librettist progressed into a leading miler for Godolphin as a four-year-old, taking five of seven races including the Group 1 Prix du Moulin and Group 1 Prix Jacques Les Marois. The half-brother to Dubai Destination was also successful in the Group 3 Prix Messidor and in two of his three starts as a two-year-old. He retired as the winner of seven races and £432,033 in prize-money.
"We're lucky enough to be standing Country Reel, also a son of Danzig, and he's proving enormously popular," said Julian Ince, manager of Haras du Logic, of the switch. "So it's wonderful to be able to offer breeders another son of Danzig - like Country Reel out of a mare with Seattle Slew in her pedigree.
"I'm sure many French breeders will, like me, remember his big wins in Paris and Deauville."
Librettist covered 222 mares, including 66 stakes performers or producers, during his time at Dalham Hall Stud. Of his 31 first crop foals to pass through the ring last year, 16 were sold including a colt which realised 25,000gns.
Librettist, who is out of the Alleged mare Mysterial, joins Country Reel, King's Best, Layman, Slickly and Sulamani under the Darley banner at Haras du Logis in 2009.