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Helissio wins the Prix Ganay

Helissio, seen winning the 1997 Prix Ganay, stood at Larkinglass

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New home sought for Pasternak as stud closes

THE south-west of Enland has lost a second stallion operation within two years following the sale and possible closure of Larkinglass Stud, near Shaftesbury in Dorset.

During the past two seasons, the stud has been home to Helissio, emphatic winner of the 1996 Arc, and Pasternak. The latter formerly stood at the nearby Sandley Stud, which ceased to stand stallions in 2008. 

Until April, Larkinglass was also the base of up-and-coming dual-purpose trainer Neil Mulholland, who now shares facilities with David Pipe in Nicholashayne in Devon.

Liz Harrington, who jointly ran Larkinglass Stud with John and Georgie Moore, said yesterday that the stud had been sold to an undisclosed client and that the operation was on the lookout for a suitable place to stand Pasternak, who landed a memorable gamble in the hands of Sir Mark Prescott when successful in the 1997 Cambridgeshire Handicap. 

Helissio, the sire of 2008 King George V Handicap winner Cosmic Sun, is still owned by Alfie Buller’s Scarvagh House Stud.

"The directors wanted to sell the stud," said Harrington, "and selling it means that we’ll be able to concentrate more on the training side.

"Most of the stock are going to the sales. We sent all the three-year-olds to the lastAscot sale and bought the ones we wanted to race back, and we'll send all the two-year-olds to the next Ascot sale. I've been involved with the industry for a long time and I should think we'll keep a couple of mares of our own."




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