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Son of Six Perfections sold to stand in Australia

PLANET Five, a Group 2-winning son of Storm Cat and Six Perfections, has been secured for stud duty by the western Australian-based Touchstone Farm. The five-year-old joins a roster of three stallions including former Bearstone Stud resident Vital Equine and will stand the upcoming southern hemisphere season for A$5,500 (£3,601/€4,119).

Trained by Pascal Bary on behalf of his breeder, the Niarchos family, Planet Five won three of 13 starts led by the Group 2 Prix du Gros-Chene at Chantilly, in which he beat Piccadilly Filly and Marchand d'Or.

A fetlock injury forced his retirement following an unplaced effort in last year's Prix de l'Abbaye.

Planet Five is the first foal out of the brilliant Six Perfections, the winner of three Group 1 races including the 2003 Breeders' Cup Mile. In turn, the daughter of Celtic Swing is out of a half-sister to champion Miesque, the dam of Kingmambo.

Glenn Martin, owner of Touchstone Farm, is understandablylooking forward to offering breeders the chance use such a well-bred individual. He said in a release: "Tale Of The Cat and Statue Of Liberty were the best bred and performed sons of Storm Cat to come to Australia until Planet Five. This horse has to rank right up there with them on pedigree and performance.

"This horse gives breeders in Australia the chance to access a truly impressive sprinter with some of the best bloodlines in the world. We are really excited to get him and think he will suit western Australia perfectly."





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