Prime Defender: the son of Bertolini won eight races for Barry HillsPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Prime Defender to stand at Hedgeholme Stud
HIGH-CLASS sprinter Prime Defender will begin his stallion career at Hedgeholme Stud in County Durham next year.
The seven-year-old son of Bertolini won eight races for trainer Barry Hills including last year's Group 2 Duke of York Stakes, in which he demoted Showcasing and Main Aim to the places and had Starspangledbanner back in fifth.
He was also a dual winner at two, the season he finished third - just a neck behind subsequent 2,000 Guineas hero Cockney Rebel - in the St Leger Yearling Stakes.
Hedgeholme Stud's Andrew Spalding said: "We are pleased, he was a very good sprinter with plenty of speed and he's a big, strong, attractive horse that the Hills' held in high regard."
A fee for Prime Defender is yet to be decided. He will stand alongside Arabian Gleam (2012 fee: £2,000), Josr Algarhoud (£1,000) and Mullionmileanhour (£1,250).