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Le Havre beats Fuisse - Prix Du Jockey Club - Chantilly - 07.06.2009

Fuisse (right) chases home Le Havre in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

Fuisse set for Quesnay after Champion bid

FUISSE is to take up stallion duties at Alec Head's Haras du Quesnay after rounding off his racing career in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow.

The four-year-old son of Green Tune, trained in Chantilly by Criquette Head-Maarek, steps up to 1m2f after gaining Group 1 glory on his most recent run in the Prix du Moulin.

It was his seventh victory from 13 career starts in which he has never finished worse than fourth.

Winner also of the Prix Messidor and Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord, both Group 3 events over a mile,Fuisse is a half-brother to the Group 1-winning juvenile Full Of Gold out of the Sillery mare Funny Feerie.

He is the best racehorse yet sired by Green Tune, a Wertheimer-bred son of the Nijinsky horse Green Dancer.

"Win or lose, the Champion Stakes will be Fuisse's last race," Head said of the colt he bred together with his wife, Ghislaine. "He has had a terrific season, winning four times, and while 1m2f is his maximum (racing) distance, he has gota huge stride. The straight track at Newmarket should suit him very well and he likes good ground."

Fuisse will join established resident Gold Away and young sires Kentucky Dynamite, Mr Sidney and Dunkerque at le Quesnay, the historic stud in Normandy where numerous champions have been bred. His fee will be set after he runs at Newmarket, where Stephane Pasquier takes the ride.

Pasquier was aboard when Fuisse emerged best in a three-way photo for the Prix du Moulin ahead of Rio De La Plata and Siyouni, with Paco Boy and Lope De Vega filling fourth and fifth places respectively. Each of the vanquished is a Group 1 winner. Twice a winner at two, Fuisse also finished second to Le Havre in last year's Prix du Jockey Club over an extended 1m2f

"After Newmarket we had the option of running him in the Far East," Head said of Fuisse, "but the journey is complicated and he has done enough racing for one season. We are looking forward to him coming home."

 

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