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Paco Boy: the top miler will stand at Highclere Stud for 2011

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Paco Boy will join Highclere Stud next year

OUTSTANDING miler Paco Boy, who will bid for a fourth Group 1 victory in Sunday's Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, has been acquired to stand at John and Lady Carolyn Warren's Highclere Stud near Newbury next season.

The five-year-old has become a household name for the Calvera Partnership and trainer Richard Hannon as the winner of eight Group races to date, and provided one of the most memorable moments of the season when cruising home in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in a performance which famously reduced Hannon to tears.

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Paco Boy wins the CGA Hungerford Stakes at Newbury

  PICTURE: MARK CRANHAM 

Confirming the deal to the Racing Post, John Warren said yesterday: "There was fierce competition for him from a number of well established studs, and as a grandson of the amazing sire of sires, Green Desert, we count ourselves extremely lucky to be in the position to stand what is one of the toughest, most prolific milers to retire to stud in living memory.

"Richard Hannon has said to me, 'If he produces stock that look like himself, I will be buying as many as I can get my hands on.'"

As sound and genuine as he is talented, Paco Boy has been competitive throughout his four season career.

He was off the mark at the second attempt as a two-year-old when taking a 6f maiden at Newbury before accounting for a pair of smart three-year-old fillies, including Listed winner Baharah, in a conditions race at Newmarket.

Paco Boy entered Classic reckoning early the following year thanks to victories in the Spring Cup and Greenham Stakes, and although trouble in running prevented him from making the frame in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, he made amends by defeating older horses to win the Betfair Cup and Hungerford Stakes.

He ended his season on a high when bagging a deserved Group 1 in the Prix de la Foret at the expense of 1,000 Guineas heroine Natagora.

Paco Boy landed his second Group 1the following summer in the Queen Anne Stakes, two starts after he had handed a 6lb penalty and beating to subsequent Group 1 winner Virtual in the Bet365 Mile.

He wasn't disgraced when fourth in the JulyCup on his first try over 6f since his two-year-old days and again when second to Rip Van Winkle and ahead of 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati in the Sussex Stakes. Consequently, he ended the 2009 season on a Timeform mark of 129.

He hascome back better than ever this year, recording smooth wins in the Lockinge Stakes and a second Bet365 Mile. He was also a fast-finishing neck second to Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes and given that the great mare arguably stole first run on him in that race, the renewed rivalry between the two in Sunday's Prix Jacques le Marois is eagerly anticipated.

Warren added: "When a trainer or agent goes to the sales, they love buying yearlings by a sire that their owners have heard of and Paco Boy is now a household name.

"I read an article recently setting out where successful stallions came from; Cadeaux Genereux (by Young Generation), Royal Applause (by Waajib) and Pivotal (by Polar Falcon) are extremely successful sires and it struck me that Paco Boy has won as many Group 1 and 2 races as those three put together!"

A full or half-brother to five winners, Paco Boy is one of five Group 1 winners by champion Irish sprinter Desert Style - also sire of Mandesha, Bachir, Prix de la Foret winner Caradak - and therefore a grandson of Green Desert, whose sire line is gaining increasing influence thanks to Cape Cross, Invincible Spirit and Oasis Dream.

A fee for Paco Boywill be set at a later date.

 

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