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Lord Shanakill - Goodwood - 27.7.10

Lord Shanakill wins the Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood in July

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Lord Shanakill retired to Irish National Stud

LORD SHANAKILL, winner of the Group 2 Lennox Stakes last time out, has been retired from racing to stand at the Irish National Stud in County Kildare.

The son of Speightstown was a Group winner at two, three and this year at four.

He started his career with trainer Karl Burke and established himself as one of the best and toughest two-year-olds of 2008, with victory in theMill Reef Stakes and placed efforts in the Coventry Stakes, Vintage Stakes, Prix Morny and Dewhurst - in which he was beaten just a nose into second by Intense Focus.

At three Lord Shanakill finished third to Mastercraftsman in the StJames’s Palace Stakes before scoring a deserved top-level victory when beating Oiseau De Feu and Irian to land the Prix Jean Prat.

Transferred to be trained by Henry Cecil in 2010, Lord Shanakill ran third to Paco Boy in theLockinge Stakes in May and reeled off a stakes race double in the summer in the Listed City Plate at Chester and the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

A $110,000 Keeneland September yearling buy, Lord Shanakill was bred by Gillian and Vimal Khosla and Caroline Green out of the Theatrical mare Green Room, a half-sister to Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Handicap winner Spanish Fern and to the dam of Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap winner Heatseeker.

Green Room is out of a sister to champion filly Al Bahathri, dam of 2,000 Guineas-winning son Haafhd. It is also the family of Group 1 performers Democratic Deficit, Hasbah and Gladiatorus.

Irish National Stud chief executive John Osborne praised Lord Shanakill and drew comparisons with runaway leading first-season sire Iffraaj. He said: “Certain races habitually reveal the best sires, races like the Dewhurst, the Coventry, the Mill Reef and the St James's Palace Stakes. Lord Shanakill ran well in all of them in an admirable career where his toughness shone.

“His sire Speightstown is an exciting young sire from the line that brings us Mr Greeley, Zamindar and Iffraaj. Indeed, Lord Shanakill’s last start was his win in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood, which proved the pinnacle of Iffraaj’s racing career. Lord Shanakill has the same Gone West-Nureyev cross.”

A stud fee for Lord Shanakill will be announced shortly.





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