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Lough Derg - Cheltenham - January1 2009

Lough Derg: his sire is now within easy reach of British jumps breeders

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Lough Derg's sire Apple Tree moves to the UK

APPLE TREE, the sire of David Pipe's popular hurdler Lough Derg, has been transferred from France to stand at Beech Tree Stud in Somerset.

The 20-year-old son of Bikala was trained by Andre Fabre to win four 1m4f Group 1 races in four different countries — the Europa Preis at Cologne at three, the Turf Classic at Belmont Park at four, and the Coronation Cup and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at five.

He was retired to stud in 1996 and had been standing at the French National Stud in Sancoins in recent seasons. Besides Lough Derg, other high-class jumpers he has sired include Willie Mullins' Grade 2 novice chase winner Pomme Tiepy and the Grade 2-placed chaser Mondial Jack.

He is also the sire of Paul Nicholls' highly promising novice hurdler Qozak, who won his second start in Britain by 13 lengths last month.

Apple Tree's fee for the 2009 breeding season has been set at £1,500. He joins Tamure, who will stand at the same fee this year, on the Beech Tree Stud stallion roster.

Alan Muniss, manager of Beech Tree Stud, said: "He's a strapping chestnut and a very nice-moving horse. He was a top-class runner and he's sired over 200 winners in France. I think his fee is very reasonable, and he will be a real bonus to National Hunt breeders."





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