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Antonius Pius

Antonius Pius: set to join the roster at Highlands Stud in South Africa


Antonius Pius to
stand in South Africa

GROUP 1-placed miler Antonius Pius, who is already the sire off 11 individual first-crop winners, will stand at Graham Beck's Highlands Stud near Cape Town, South Africa in a deal brokered by Blandford Bloodstock.

The eight-year-old son of Danzig, who cost $1.5m as a yearling, has stood the past four seasons at Coolmore in Ireland, latterly for €5,000. He is expected to arrive at Highlands Stud - also the home of Spectrum - on August 23.

"We have been very successful in the past with Danzig line stallions like National Assembly and Joshua Dancer, and we look forward to achieving even greater success with this very exciting new son of Danzig," said Highlands manager Mike Sharkey.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Antonius Pius landed his most notable success in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh on his second start.

The following season, he ran a close second in the Breeders' Cup Mile and third in the St. James's Palace Stakes and Prix du Moulin.

Antonius Pius' first Australian crop has produced four winners while his 11 winners in Europe includethe impressive Chester debut scorer Metal Soldier and the tough Ailsa Carmel.

The product of a family cultivated by the late Lord Howard de Walden, Antonius Pius is out of the unbeaten Yorkshire Oaks winner Catchascatchcan and traces to the Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Ostrya.






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