Astronomer Royal wins the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des PoulainsPICTURE: Getty Images
Astronomer Royal retired to stud in France
LAST year's Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Astronomer Royal has been retired to Aliette and Gilles Forien's Haras de la Reboursiere et de Montaigu in France.
A son of Danzig out of the Easy Goer mare Shepscot, a stakes-winning half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Vicar, Astronomer Royal is a half-brother to the Grade 2 winner Navesink River. Trained byAidan O'Brien for a Coolmore partnership, he won three races — a 6f maiden at two, the French Guineas at three and the Group 3 6f Greenlands Stakes at four. In his victories he defeated the likes of Excellent Art, Creachadoir and Myboycharlie.
The colt has reportedly been purchased in conjunction with an American breeding group in a deal brokered by Arqana's international development executive Jean-Louis Branere.
Astronomer Royal's fee for 2009 has been set at €8,000.