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Prix d'Ispahan winner Sageburg retired to stud

LAST year's Prix d'Ispahan winner Sageburg has been retired from racing and has entered stud at Jean-Pierre Dubois' Haras de la Gatine in Normandy.

A five-year-old son of Johannesburg, Sageburg is out of the Group 2 winner Sage Et Jolie, a sister to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sagamix and a half-sister to Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Sagacity.

He hails from a family nurtured by the late Jean-Luc Lagardere, but came into the ownership of the Aga Khan as a yearling in 2005, when all of Lagardere's bloodstock interests were bought by the Aga Khan.

He made a winning debut at three, and won two more races that season for trainer André Fabre, including the Listed Prix Ridgeway. At four he was transferred to Alain De Royer Dupré, after the Aga Khan ended his association with Fabré, and he showed considerable improvement to finish third to Duke Of Marmalade in the Prix Ganay (Gr1) on his seasonal reappearance.

On his next start hebeat Darjina by two and a half lengths to land the Prix d'Ispahan (Gr1). He subsequently finished fourth in Group 1 races twice, and on his final start in October he was runner-up to Spirito Del Vento in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein.

His fee at the Haras de la Gatine has been set at €3,000.





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