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Konig Turf's stud career put on hold

K ONIG TURF, one of the best German milers of recent seasons, has returned to training after his owner Josef Hellmich brought him back from the Haras de Piencourt in France, where he was due to begin a new career as a stallion.

Hellmich, who owns horses in the name of Stall Route 66, reportedly sold Konig Turf to Piencourt owner Denis Bourez for €200,000, but he told the German racing press that he had not received the payment.

Konig Turf has consequently been sent back to the Hanover stables of Christian Sprengel, who trained the seven-year-old son of Big Shuffle to win eight races including the Europa-Meile (Gr2) and last year's Prix Edmond Blanc (Gr3).

He is now in light training and his connections hope that he has fully recovered from the hairline fracture he sustained last year which prompted his retirement, and that he will return to the track in the late spring. The long-term aim is to find a place at stud for him in 2010.

Two other German-bred horses also stand at the Haras de Piencourt: Konig Turf's full-brother Konig Shuffle and the Deutches Derby winner Next Desert. Unlike Konig Turf, however, they are leased and are not the property of the stud.






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