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Maqaasid - Royal Ascot 16.06.10

Maqaasid (right): the Queen Mary Stakes winner is by Green Desert

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Veteran Green Desert to cover private book

GREEN DESERT is likely to remain in service at Nunnery Stud next year but will be restricted to a limited number of private mares.

The 27-year-old, reported to be in good shape, proved that age was no barrier this season by getting nine mares of a restricted book of mares in foal. And as long as he remains "happy and well", the plan is to allow him to cover a number of mares belonging to the Maktoum family in 2011.

The son of Danzig, who has never covered very large books or shuttled during his 24-year stud career at Nunnery Stud, is the sire of 12 Group 1 winners and has the prospect of further to come judging by the recent performances of King's Stand Stakes runner-up Markab and Queen Mary Stakes heroine Maqaasid, who was his 14th Royal Ascot winner.

Green Desert has been successful throughout his stud career, starting when he was crowned the leading first season sire of 1990.

His fee hit a high of £85,000 in 2004, the year after Oasis Dream won the July Cup and Nunthorpe Stakes, before dropping back to a former level of £25,000 for the 2009 season.

Richard Lancaster,stud director of Shadwell Estates, reported yesterday that Maqaasid's dam, Eshaadeh, is in foal Green Desert's leading sire son, Oasis Dream.

With six Group 1 winners from his first three crops to his credit, Juddmonte's Oasis Dream is well on his way to strengthening his sire's line, which has also been bolstered by the successes of Cape Cross (sire of Ouija Board and Sea The Stars) and Invincible Spirit.




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