Midas Touch: former Ballydoyle runner (right) will stand for$10,000PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Midas Touch retires to War Horse Place
MIDAS TOUCH, a son of the champion sire Galileo, will stand at Gerry and Dana Aschinger's War Horse Place near Lexington this year.
The six-year-old, who is owned by brothers Carlos Luis and Jose Antonio Uzcategui, will command a fee of $10,000.
The demand for sons of Galileo in America is on the rise and Cape Blanco, a triple Grade 1 winner in the US, was the busiest sire last year, covering 220 mares.
Midas Touch was trained by Aidan O'Brien to win two races, including the Group 2 Derrinstown Derby Trial where he beat At First Sight, who went on to finish second in the Derby behind Workforce. Midas Touch went on to be placed in the Irish Derby and St Leger.
After his three-year-old season Midas Touch was transferred to Australia, where he was placed at Group 1 level for trainer Robert Hickmott.
Midas Touch, who amassed career earnings of $505,803, is out of the Darshaan mrae Approach, a Listed-winning half-sister to French Guineas winner Aussie Rules.