Powerscourt: Termagant's sire will stand at the Turkish Jockey Club in 2010PICTURE: Caroline Norris
Powerscourt among five stallions sold to Turkey
DEALS send the Coolmore trio Dehere, Lion Heart and Powerscourt to stand in Turkey, which were revealed to be in the pipeline earlier this month by the Racing Post, have been confirmed by the Turkish Jockey Club.
Joining the trio in Turkey are Grade 1 winner Cuvee, who was set to stand this season at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky for $6,500, and Louisiana's leading sire of 2009 Yonaguska, who was due to stand for $5,000 at Elite Thoroughbreds.
The quinter join 21 other stallions standing under the management of the Jockey Club of Turkey in Izmit including Natagora's sire Divine Light and last season's leading Turkish-based sire Unaccounted For.
Grade 1 winners Dehere and Lion Heart were advertised to stand this season at Ashford Stud in Kentucky for $10,000 and $12,500 respectively.
Their former stud-mate Powerscourt was transferred to Coolmore's Irish base late last year following the emergence of Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Termagant from his first crop.
The son of Sadler's Wells, who captured the Tattersalls Gold Cup and Arlington Million for Aidan O'Brien, was scheduled to stand his first Irish season for €7,500.
Champion two-year-old Dehere retired to Ashford in 1995 but was sold to stand in Japan four years later. He returned to Ashford in 2006, however, and is a regular shuttler to Australia, where he has been represented by the Group 1 winners Belle Du Jour and Defier.
Lion Heart: also heading to TurkeyPICTURE: Getty Images
Haskell Invitational winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up Lion Heart has been extremely popular since retiring to stud five years ago, never covering less than 150 mares. The son of Tale Of The Cat has been represented by 12 stakes winners worldwide, including recent Grade 3 winner Pretty Prolific, and filled sixth position on last year's US second crop sires' list.
One place behind Lion Heart on that list is Cuvee, whose six stakes winners include last season's high-class US two-year-old Noble's Promise. The colt propelled Cuvee into fifth position on the leading US two-year-old sires' list when emulating his sire with a win in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity.
Rounding off the quintet is Yonaguska, who relocated from Vinery in Kentucky to Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana last season. The Grade 2-winning son of Cherokee Run enjoyed something of a revival in 2009 with eight stakes winners to his name led by Grade 2 scorer and Kentucky Derby third Musket Man.