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Shakespearean - Sandown - 22.08.2009

Shakespearean: the first son of Darley sire Shamardal to stand in France

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Shakespearean to create poetry in Normandy

FRENCH breeders have snapped another new retiree from the British and Irish racing circuit, with last year's Hungerford Stakes winner beginning his stallion career at the Harasde la Hetraie in Normandy next year.

The acquisition of Shakespearean - who will become the first son of highflying young Darley sire Shamardal to stand in France - follows the purchase of Wootton Bassett for stud duty at the Haras d'Etreham.

At his best when able to dictate the pace, Shakespearean won the Solario Stakes and Goffs Million Mile at two and the Hungerford Stakes at three for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor.

An €80,000 yearling purchase, Shakespeareanis out of the placed Priolo mare Paimpolaise, a half-sister to Group 3-winning sprinter Pont-Aven,who produced at stud Group 1-placed sprinter Sainte Marine, Gimcrack Stakes scorer Josr Algarhoud and Listed winner Cap Coz, a useful broodmare in her own right having supplied the high-class trio Biniou, Indian Days and Reply.

Shakespearean's fee at Hetraie, where he will stand alongside High Rock, Silver Frost and Zambezi Sun, has been set at €3,000.




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