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Geordieland - Henry II Stakes - Sandown 28-MAY-09

Geordieland (left) wins the Henry II Stakes at Sandown

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Geordieland sold to stand at Beech Tree Stud

POPULAR stayer Geordieland has been sold out of Jamie Osborne's yard to stand as a jumps stallion at Beech Tree Stud in Somerset.

Geordieland began his career in his native France, winning the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly for Jean-Marie Beguigne.

In the summer of his five-year-old season he was switched to be trained by Osborne in Britain and he made an immediate impact, finishing second to the mighty Yeats in the Goodwood Cup.

Geordieland became a consistent high-class stayer, winning the Yorkshire Cup at seven and the Henry II Stakes at eight and finishing second to Yeats in the Ascot Gold Cup in successive years.

Geordieland is by Prix Lupin hero Johann Quatz, a son of dominant National Hunt sire influence Sadler's Wells and a half-brother to Hernando,who has supplied high-class jumps performers Cape Tribulation, No Refuge, Sacundai and State Of Play.

He is out of the winning Highest Honor mare Aerdee, making him a half-brother to David Pipe's smart hurdler Sure Josie Sure.

Osborne joked on twitter: "I am sure Geordie will love his new career. The oldest virgin in town to an equine Hugh Hefner in a matter of months. Have fun old boy!"

 

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