Literato (centre) wins last year's Champion stakes from Eagle Mountain (right) and Doctor Dino (left)PICTURE: Mark Cranham
LITERATO, winner of the Champion Stakes at Newmarket a year ago, has been retired by Godolphin and will enter stud at Aliette Forien's Haras de la Reboursiere et de Montaigu in Normandy. The stud is Literato's birthplace and the former home of his sire, Kendor, who died last year.
A fee has not yet been announced for the four-year-old. A syndication begun last year was interrupted when Godolphin bought the colt after his Champion Stakes win. The syndication was based on 50 shares priced at €50,000 each, Forien told Jour de Galop, the online newsletter. "But Godolphin made a better offer, of several million euros," she said.
Forien said that she always hoped to repatriate Literato for his stud career. "I had let Godolphin know my wish to have him as a stallion several times this year," she said, " and I spoke about it with John Ferguson [Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser] this summer at Deauville. Finally, we were contacted by them recently to ask if we were still interested."
Literato retires with a record of nine wins and two seconds from 13 starts. He was unbeaten in five runs as a two-year-old in France, including two Listed wins, but his best season was at three last year.
Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget - who bought him as a €40,000 Deauville August yearling for the partnership of the French minister of defence, Hervé Morin, along with Jean-Jacques Rabineau et Eric Pokrovsky - Literato scored his first Pattern victory in the Group 3 Prix La Force in April.
He was then second to Lawman in the Prix du Jockey Club before a three-race win streak including the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano, the Group 3 Prix du Prince d'Orange and the Champion Stakes. He was unplaced on his two starts for Godolphin, in the Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba and the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp this year.
Bred by BSH Administrativa, Literato is out of the Cardoun mare La Cibeles, a stakes winner in Spain and Group 3-placed in France.