The Group 1-winning son of El Prado will stand at the French National StudPICTURE: GETTY IMAGES
Spanish Moon to stand at French National Stud
KHALID Abdullah's top-class middle-distance performer Spanish Moon has been retired to stand at the French National Stud's base at Le Lion d'Angers in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France.
He will stand alongside Doncaster Cup winner Honolulu, Grand Prix de Paris winner Khalkevi and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Recital's Group 2-winning half-brother Racinger at the stud.
Spanish Moon, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, was an eyecatching backend Newmarket maiden winner at two, establishing himself as a quiet Derby fancy. However, a cracked pelvis limited his three-year-old season to one run in the autumn.
He came back at four to win a hat-trick of Listed races and he hit concert pitch at five, when he raced exclusively abroad after being banned from racing in Britain for six months for refusing toenter stalls.
That season he won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and Prix Foy and was beaten a hair's breadth into second in both the Dubai Sheema Classic and Hong Kong Vase. His best effort last year at six was a third to Dar Re Mi in the Sheema Classic.
Bred by Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, Spanish Moon is a son of El Prado - also sire of successful young US stallion Medaglia D'Oro - and is a brother to Ribblesdale Stakes winner Spanish Sun. The dam, Shining Bright, is a winning daughter of Anglo-Irish Oaks runner-up Bourbon Girl, and is a half-sister to Group winners Apogee and Daring Miss.