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Palace Episode: the son of Machiavellian wins the Racing Post Trophy

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Soldier Of Fortune and Palace Episode to stud

GROUP 1 winners Soldier Of Fortune and Palace Episode will stand their first seasons at stud at the Haras du Logis Saint-Germain in Normandy next year.

Bred by Jim Bolger, Soldier Of Fortune won his maiden and finished runner-up to Passage Of Time in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud at two.

After scoring in the Prix Noailles on his three-year-old debut, winning the Chester Vase and finishing fifth to Authorized in the Derby, Soldier Of Fortune was a devastating nine-length winner of the Irish Derby, with Alexander Of Hales and Eagle Mountain filling the places.

He also won the Prix Niel at three and was fifth to stablemate Dylan Thomas in the Arc.

On Soldier Of Fotune's first run at four last year he scored in the Coronation Cup, finished second to Youmzain in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud and third to Zarkava in the Arc.

Soldier Of Fortune is a brother to Group 3 winner Heliostatic out of the Listed juvenile scorer Affianced, herself a half-sister to Sholokhov and the grand-dam of Intense Focus. He will become only the second, and by far the most significant son of Galileo to stand in France.

Haras du Logis Saint-Germain manager Claude Lambert said: "We are delighted that Soldier Of Fortune is retiring to stud here in France. He's got everything one would look for in a stallion."

Soldier Of Fortune will stand at a fee of €10,000 for a partnership involving Coolmore. The operation's Christy Grassick said: "Coolmore have been looking to send a horse to stand in France for a number of years and Soldier Of Fortune seemed the ideal type to appeal to the French breeder."

Palace Episode, the winner of the 2005 Racing Post Trophy, will stand his first season at stud  for a fee of €4,500.

The son of Machiavellian was purchased by pinhooker Con Marnane for $100,000 as a yearling, but was led out of the ring unsold at the Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale at $44,000 the following spring.

Marnane put Palace Episode into training with Kevin Ryan to race in the colours of his wife Theresa, and the horse wonon his debut, landed the Acomb Stakes and finished third in the Royal Lodge Stakes on the way to victory over subsequent Classic winners Dylan Thomas and Septimus in the Racing Post Trophy.

After being purchased by Godolphin, Palace Episode made one start at three, when being virtually pulled up in the Dante Stakes, before being transferred to race in the US, where his best effort was a third placing in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap over 1m at four.

Palace Episode is out of the Seattle Dancer mare Palace Weekend, an unraced half-sister to Kentucky Derby runner-up Tejano Run.

Marc-Antoine Berghgracht of the MAB Agency brokered the deals to stand both horses.




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