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Stud closure sends Desert Prince to Italy

BRILLIANT miler Desert Prince is to continue his stud career in Italy next year in a move made necessary by the imminent closure of his most recent home, Gestut Isarland in Germany.

Desert Prince - trained by David Loder to win three Group 1s, the Irish 2,000 Guineas, Prix du Moulin and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 1998 - began his stallion career at the Irish National Stud and stood at Isarland from 2007 to this year.

Now the son of Green Desert will stand at Scuderia Andy Capp - also known as Allevamento Della Berardenga - alongside the likes of Dr Devious and King Charlemagne, as Isarland is set to cease operations from January.

Stud director Ulrike Castle told that reasons for the closure included the dwindling breeding industry in Germany and the lowering of stud fees.

Isarland, owned by the city of Munich, was founded in 1939 and has played an important part in Germany's breeding history, not least as the breeder of the country's brilliant stallion Monsun.

Desert Prince, whose best offspring include Kalaman, Mourilyan and Mail The Desert, will stand at a fee of €6,000 in 2012.




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