Byword: has been sold to stand at Middlefield Stud in South AfricaPICTURE: APRH
Group 1 winner Byword to stand in South Africa
BYWORD, winner of the 2010 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, has been acquired for stud duty at Middlefield Stud in South Africa in a deal brokered by Grant Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock.
The six-year-old son of Peintre Celebre was trained by Andre Fabre on behalf of Prince Khalid Abdullah to win seven of 16 starts.
Byword landed his first two starts as a three-year-old, including the Listed Prix Pelleas at Compeigne, after which he ran fourth in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano and Prix du Prince d'Orange. He returned the following year to take the Prix du Muguet and Prince of Wales's Stakes, where he defeated Twice Over. In between, he went down by half-a-length to champion Goldikova in the Prix d'Ispahan.
As a five-year-old, he improved his record further when successful in the Prix de Chemin du Fer du Nord and Prix Dollar, on the latter occasion gamely fending off the subsequent Champion Stakes winner Cirrus des Aigles.
Out of the 2010 Broodmare of the Year Binche, by Woodman, Byword is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Proviso and from the further family of Group 1 scorers Zambezi Sun, Midships and Continent.
Middlefield Stud is currently home to three stallions including Spanish Harlem, a Group 3-placed Danehill son of the 1,000 Guineas heroine Sleepytime.