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Eagle Mountain: son of Rock Of Gibraltar retired to stud in New Zealand


Infertile Eagle Mountain back in training

FORMER Derby runner-up and globetrotting Group 1 winner Eagle Mountain has returned to training after suffering fertility problems in his first two seasons at stud in New Zealand.

Eagle Mountain was retired to Bright Hill Farm in Hamilton last year but has produced only six foals and efforts to improve his fertility have failed. He will entertraining with New Zealand trainer Stephen McKee, who has saddled star Kiwi performer Mufhasa to seven Group 1 victories.

The son of Rock Of Gibraltar was originally trained by Aidan O'Brien for the Coolmore partners to finish secondto Authorized in the Epsom Classic.

He also finished third in the Irish Derby and a close second in the Champion Stakes for O'Brien, before being sold to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and entering training with Mike De Kock at four.

De Kock saddled Eagle Mountain to win the Joel Stakes and Hong Kong Cup, as well as finish second to Conduit in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

"He's only a seven-year-old," Brighthill's Nick King told New Zealand publication The Informant. "The Sheikh has decided to put him back into work now, and while it might be a bit of a longshot, the aim is to try and get him back for the Dubai meeting in March.

"There's obviously a long way to go yet, but he didn't turn into a real bull and he was such a good racehorse that it's worth having a go. Stephen [McKee] was chosen not only because he's such a fantastic trainer, but he's got his own property and private track and that will suit the horse."





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