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Doyen to stand at Sunnyhill Stud in 2012

DOYEN, dominant winner of the 2004 King George, will stand on behalf of Darley at Sunnyhill Stud in County Kildare next year. The son of Sadler's Wells retired to Dalham Hall Stud in 2006 and has spent the last three years at Gestut Auenquelle in Germany

Doyen - Epsom

Doyen: 2004 King George winner will stand in Ireland next year

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) 

Although his first crop are only rising five, Doyen has made a name for himself under both codes. Recent Group 2 Premio Federico Tesio winner Sneak A Peak and Group 3 Prix du Royaumont heroine Lady's Purse head his five stakes winners on the Flat while Alan King's talented hurdler Kumbeshwar and triple bumper winner Keys are among those with a future over jumps.

"Doyen is a magnificent looking horse standing 16.2 h.h.with bone and substance," said Michael Hickey of Sunnyhill Stud. "We are very grateful to Sheikh Mohammed for giving us the opportunity to stand a horse with such an impressive race and stud record.

"With his first two crops he has 50 per cent winners to runners, producing 49 individual winners from 98 runners. He comes to Sunnyhill with similar credentials to Old Vic and we look to the future with great optimism."

Doyen was the winner of five races, three of those coming at Group level. His career ignited for Godolphin when he turned four in 2004, a season in which he broke the track record when successful in the Hardwicke Stakes and landed the King George.

A son of Sadler's Wells, also the sire of leading jumps stallions Oscar, Milan, King's Theatre and Old Vic, Doyen is out of the Group 3-winning Kris mare Moon Cactus and a brother to Oaks heroine Moonshell.

Doyen takes the place of Old Vic, who died in February, at Sunnyhill and will stand alongside Gamut.

 

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