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Benny The Bull (centre) takes the 2008 Golden Shaheen at Nad al Sheba

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Benny The Bull to stand at Vinery in Florida

ECLIPSE Champion Sprinter Benny The Bull, whose retirement from racing was announced earlier this month, will stand at Vinery in Florida next season. The six-year-old son of Lucky Lionel will stand for $4,000.

Benny The Bull retires as the earner over over $2.3m in prize-money courtesy of wins in the Grade 1 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, Grade 1 Golden Shaheen at Nad Al Sheba, Grade 2 True North Handicap and Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap.

He was crowned the US champion sprinter of 2008 following an unbeaten campaign, in which he registered wins on four different tracks.

Retired temporarily after that season, Benny The Bull returned  to the track earlier this year to run placed in a pair of Grade 2 sprints.

"Benny The Bull has been a dream horse - talented, totally sound and brilliantly fast," said the horse's owner, Greg James, in a statement.

"I'm very excited about his future at Vinery, and with the stud fee we have decided on, I think he will offer breeders a wonderful opportunity to breed to a champion at a very fair and reasonable price."

A descendant of Blushing Groom, Benny The Bull is out of Comet Cat, a juvenile stakes-winning daughter of Birdonthewire.

Benny The Bull will stand alongside Congrats, D'Wildcat, Pomeroy and fellow new recruit Maimonides at Vinery's Florida base in 2010.

 

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