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Ask: the son of Sadler's Wells is from the illustrious family of Highclere

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Ask recruited to Coolmore jumps roster

LAST season’s Coronation Cup winner Ask will stand his first season at stud next year under the Coolmore National Hunt banner in Ireland. A fee for the seven-year-old son of Sadler’s Wells and his exact location will be released at a later date.

Coolmore’s jumps stallions are split between Castlehyde Stud, the Beeches and Grange Stud, the latter of which is home to one of Sadler’s Wells’ leading jumps stallion sons, Oscar.

Ask was trained by Sir Michael Stoute throughout his five-year racing career to win seven races, firstly in the colours of the Duke of Devonshire and Mrs John Magnier, and then for Patrick Fahey. “Ask was as tough and genuine a racehorse as one could wish to train," Stoute said.

Like so many Stoute inmates, he showed progressive form, and his finest moments came when outbattling Youmzain and Look Here in the Coronation Cup and defeating Schiaparelli to win the Prix Royal-Oak.

Sadler’s Wells has made a lasting contribution to the jumps bloodstock industry as the sire of Accordion, Kayf Tara King’s Theatre and Old Vic in additionto Oscar.

Coolmore’s Albert Sherwood said: “Oscar, Milan and Brian Boru, our three other sons of Sadler’s Wells, are doing exceptionally well and we would be very optimistic that Ask will follow suit. He’s a fine looking horse with a great step so he’ll undoubtedly prove very popular."

Out of a placed Rainbow Quest half-sister to the dam of this season’s high-class sprinter Astrophysical Jet, Ask descends from the 1,000 Guineas winner Highclere and is therefore from the further family of Nashwan, Nayef and Deep Impact. 




King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470