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Grand Couturier retired to Croix de la Sonnet

TRIPLE Grade 1 winner Grand Couturier has been retired from racing and will enter stud next year at Haras de la Croix Sonnet near Deauville, France.

The seven-year-old son of Grand Lodge will stand his first season for €2,500.

A bargain 3,500gns yearling purchase by Kilronan Stud, Grand Couturier was resold as a two-year-old for €21,000 to trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, for whom he won both his juvenile starts and ran fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris.

Sold to continue his career in the US, Grand Couturier went on to defeat English Channel in the following year's Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga. He returned in 2008 to add a second renewal of the race before taking the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic byover ten lengths. He was also placed three times at Group 1 level.

Bred in Britain by Tom Wilson, Grand Couturier is a half-brother to Listed winner Yaqeen and out of Lady Elgar, a Sadler's Wells sister to Irish Derby third Desert Fox. They descend from Ivory Wand, also the ancestress of Elusive Quality and Anees.





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