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Nathaniel - King George Meeting - 23/7/2011

Nathaniel: Newsells Park has secured a share in the King George winner

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Nathaniel to stand at Newsells Park Stud

NEWSELLS Park Stud's stallion operation has received a major boost with the news that Nathaniel, last season's King George winner, will retire to the Hertfordshire-based stud at the end of his racing career.

Andreas Jacobs' stud has purchased a share in the four-year-old although he will continue to race in the colours of his breeder Lady Rothschild, the family's racing and bloodstock advisor James Wigan told the Racing Post yesterday.

"We are thrilled to have purchased an interest in Nathaniel," said Julian Dollar, general manager of Newsells Park Stud, which also stands Mount Nelson and Equiano, on Monday.

"He is a horse we have been watching very closely since he made his impressive two-year-old debut at Newmarket. He possesses an outstanding pedigree, is a great looking horse and is one of the best racehorses y in training. In short he ticks every box!

"With his impeccable credentials, he will be handsomely supported by both Newsells Park and his breeder and independently owned outside of Europe's big two stallion operations. We believe he will prove a very interesting stallion prospect for breeders."

Wigan said: "Lady Rothschild is delighted to have gone into partnership with Andreas Jacobs of Newsells Park Stud, as she feels that they both have a similar commitment to racing and breeding in this country and will give Nathaniel every opportunity to succeed as a stallion.

"Between us, we will try to support him with a brilliant group of mares. He's a beautifully-bred, top-class horse and it's worth remembering that he's got closer to Frankel (on his two-year-old debut at Newmarket) than anybody else."

Placed on both his starts at two, Nathaniel progressed rapidly for Gosden last season, running out the comfortable winner of the King Edward VII Stakes and King George, on the latter occasion defeating older stars such as Workforce and So You Think.

As a result, Nathaniel was rated the highest three-year-old colt over 1m2f and 1m4f on the official 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings.

He hails from one of the richest families in the stud book as a son of Musidora Stakes heroine Magnificient Style, also the dam of Fillies Mile heroine Playful Act, Derby runner-up Percussionist and Park Hill Stakes winner Echoes In Eternity. It is a family which Newsells Park know well as they campaigned a daughter of Playful Act, Giant's Play, to win the Grade 2 New York Stakes last summer and bred the promising Royal Peculiar out of his Danehill half-sister, Distinctive Look




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