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Immortal Verse withdrawn from Arc sale

SUNDAY'S Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has lost some of its sheen with the absence of leading players Danedream and Nathaniel and the Arqana Arc Sale, held at Saint-Cloud on the eve of the big race, has also lost a star attraction with the withdrawal of Immortal Verse.

Immortal Verse promised to fetch a blockbuster price as an immaculately-bred dual Group 1 winner who defeated Goldikova, but her owner-breeder Kilfrush Stud has taken her out of the sale.

"We've withdrawn Immortal Verse from the Arc sale but no decision has been taken about her future," Kilfrush Stud managing director Brendan Hayes said on Wednesday.

"She probably won't race again, though," he added.

Trained by Robert Collet, Immortal Verse won four races at two to three including the Coronation Stakes and Prix Jacques le Marois, in which she beat Goldikova into second.

She has not shown that level of form in her two starts this year at four, finishing down the field in the Prix Rothschild and Prix Jacques le Marois.

Immortal Verse is a daughter of Pivotal from the famous Kilfrush Stud family of Last Tycoon and Valentine Waltz.

Another family member caused fireworks at last year's Arc sale when Kilfrush Stud sold Glorious Sight to Andreas Putsch for €1.7 milllion.

 

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