St Leger winner retires to Wood Farm Stud
GROUP 1 winner Lucarno has been retired to Wood Farm Stud in Shropshire, with breeder George Strawbridge retaining full ownership.
Last year's joint-champion stayer, the John Gosden-trained son of Dynaformer won five races in his career including the St Leger, when he beat Mahler and Honolulu, and the Great Voltigeur Stakes. This season he won the Group 2 Princess Of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket by a length and a quarter from Papal Bull. He is out of the Diesis mare Vignette, a half-sister to Totally Cosmic who finished second in the Group 3 Prix Cleopatre. He will stand at £2,000 and will be marketed as a dual-purpose stallion.
Wood Farm's owner Bill Bromley said: "This is a massive boost to British jumps breeding. The success of Kayf Tara has shown that you don't need to be based on the other side of the Irish Sea and I am honoured to be standing such an imposing Group 1 winner. He joins Norse Dancer and three other fellow Classic winners Sir Harry Lewis, Silver Patriarch and Erhaab at the stud."
Lucarno's first engagement in his new role will be a public one as he is to take part in the Thoroughbred Breeders' National Hunt stallion parade held at Cheltenham racecourse today en route from Gosden's Newmarket yard to his new base in Shropshire.