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Youmzain Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud 27.06.2010

Youmzain, nearest, finishes second in this year's Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

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Youmzain to take up duties at French stud

YOUMZAIN, runner-up in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for the past three years, will stand at the Haras du Quesnay in 2011, it has been announced.

A fourth shot at Europe's richest race awaits, but whether that will be the seven-year-old's last racecourse appearance remains to be seen.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Youmzain's owner Jaber Abdullah, said yesterday: "It's a feather in Youmzain's cap that he has been accepted to stand at the Head family's prestigious stud.

"It was [trainer] Mick Channon's idea to approach Criquette [Head-Maarek], primarily because the horse's best form was achieved in France and, therefore, it was considered he would be more appreciated there.

"Mr Abdullah is sure to send mares, and that will help to get him established as a stallion. He has been a grand horse for us and he deserves a good job at stud."

The son of Sinndar and the Sadler's Wells mare Sadima will join fellow stallions Dunkerque, Full Of Gold, Gold Away, Kentucky Dynamite, Mr Sidney, Panis and Sevres Rose at the Normandy stud, which lost leading sires Anabaa and Highest Honor from its roster last year.

"It is wonderful to have such a good-looking, tough horse coming to stand at le Quesnay," said the stud's Alec Head. "We were approached as his connections thought he would do well in France. Youmzain will stand for a reasonable price to give a chance to all breeders to use such an 'iron horse', whom we have all seen run so courageously in the last three Arcs."

Youmzain has won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and Preis Von Europa for his connections in a career that has spanned six seasons.

Touched off by a nose when denied a second Grand Prix in June, Youmzain has amassed more than £3 million in prize-money.

 

 

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