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Sun Classique retired ahead of possible date with Redoute's Choice

SUN Classique, winner of last year's Dubai Sheema Classic for Mike de Kock, has been retired and will be flown to Australia to begin her broodmare career.

The five-year-old daughter of Fuji Kiseki injured a tendon working at Newmarket last July when she was under consideration for a tilt at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. She was put back into training when she recovered in the belief that she might be able to race again this year.

However her breeder and part-owner Lionel Cohen said: "Mike felt it would be a bit risky to carry on with her. I am taking her to Australia and she will visit Redoute's Choice if I can get her there in time.

At a fee of A$198,000 (£97,383/€113,129), Redoute's Choice is one of the most sought after stallions in Australia. The son of Danehill, who is based at Arrowfield Stud, is the sire of 15 Group 1 winners and currently lies in second place behind Encosta De Lago in the Australian leading sires' list.

Cohen added: "There are a few problems with vaccinations that we have to sort out and Sun Classique may not get there by October. In which case I might have to look somewhere else for a stallion for her."

The Australian-bred Sun Classique raced for Mike Bass in South Africa and was champion three-year-old filly, winning three Grade 1s - the Cape Fillies Guineas, the Fancourt Majorca Stakes and the Woolavington.

Cohen, whose family has been one of the leading breeders for three generations, is also moving to Australia where he bred Sun Classique. He has sold his 34,000 acre Odessa Stud and the majority of his mares.

He is busy finding homes for his stallions, includingthe 1990 Arc de Triomphe winner Saumarez, who was transferred to South Africa from France in 2000. He will retain some of his South African business interests including the Equimark Sales Company.




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