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Cape Blanco - Leopardstown 04.09.10

Cape Blanco could yet retire to Coolmore alongside his sire Galileo

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Hays buy significant interest in Cape Blanco

CAPE BLANCO, who won the Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes for Ballydoyle last year, has been partially sold but is to remain with Aidan O'Brien.

Owners Jim and Fitri Hay have bought what is described as 'a significant interest' in the four-year-old, whoholds an entry in the Dubai World Cup later this month.

The son of Galileo has been bought as a racing prospect and the deal does not preclude Cape Blanco from retiring to Coolmore to stand alongside his sire.

"We are delighted to be involved with such a talented horse and are very much looking forward to the season ahead," Fitri Hay said.

The fact that the Hays have businesses in Dubai increases the possibility of Cape Blanco running at Meydan, even though it is not traditionally a frequent hunting ground for Aidan O'Brien.

Last year the Hays stepped up their buying by securing a number of  six-figure lots including 410,000gns and 250,000gns sons of Galileo, a 280,000gns son of Danehill Dancer and a 150,000gns Pivotal c0lt at Book 1 of Tattersalls October Yearling Sales.

Cape Blanco, bred by Jack Ronan and Des Vere Hunt, has an eye-catching pedigree in that his dam Laurel Delight was a sprint-winning half-sister to Paris House.




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