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Leading Australian sire Flying Spur pensioned

FLYING Spur, a leading sire in Australia who formerly shuttled to the Irish National Stud, has been retired from stud duty after experiencing a sudden decline in fertility this season. The 20-year-old son of Danehill stood at Arrowfield Stud in Australia.

"Flying Spur is a very special horse for us, as we bred him, raced him in partnership and have been proud to stand him since 1997," said John Messara, chairman of Arrowfield Stud.

"He is one of the pillars upon which Arrowfield Stud has been built and his home will be here with us for the rest of his life.

"We are very grateful to the Flying Spur Syndicate, and the breeders, buyers, owners and trainers who have supported him over the past 17 years.

"However, with more than 250 current two-year-olds, yearlings and foals, Flying Spur's story is far from over and his sought-after broodmare daughters and emerging sire sons will ensure he appears in top-class pedigrees for years to come."

The news comes a day after All Too Hard, from the first crop of Flying Spur's son Casino Prince, denied Pierro to take the Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield.

Flying Spur won six races, including the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, Group 1 VRC Australian Guineas and Group 1 AJC All Aged Stakes. He retired to stud in 1996 and shuttled to stand in Ireland at the Irish National Stud for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. The best runner he sired during that time was Mark Tompkins' Duke Of York Stakes winner Steenberg.

Back in Australia, Flying Spur ended the 1999-2000 season as the champion first-season sire and was crowned the champion two-year-old sire in 2007, the year he sired Golden Slipper Stakes winner Forensics.

To date, he has sired 86 stakes winners, including 12 at Group 1 level.




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