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Dunkirk: the most expensive yearling sold at auction in 2007

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Dunkirk retired to Ashford Stud

GRADE 1-placed Dunkirk has been retired and added to the stallion roster at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky. He will stand at $10,000.

A son of Unbridled's Song and Kentucky Oaks heroine Secret Status, Dunkirk was purchased for $3.7 million by Demi O'Byrne at Keeneland September to become the most expensive yearling sold at auction in 2007.

He won impressively on his racecourse debut over 7f at Gulfstream Park at three, and won an allowance race over 1m1f at the same course before going up in class and finishing runner-up to Quality Road in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and to  Summer Bird in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes.

Dunkirk suffered a condylar fracture to his left hind cannon bone during the Belmont and underwent surgery, but never made a full recovery to race again.

Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan said: "It's a pity Dunkirk had to retire, as we all expected he would have a huge year on the track in 2010.

"On the other hand it's great to be able to stand a horse like him, with his combination of great ability, fantastic looks and a top-notch pedigree. He's by Unbridled’s Song, who has been so consistent that his fee has stood at $100,000 or more for eight consecutive years.

"Also, his pedigree contains the same major components– Unbridled and A.P. Indy – as Tapit who has done so well that his fee has quadrupled to $50,000 in the space of three years. Empire Maker, another member of the Unbridled male line, stands for $50,000 after siring four G1 winners in his first two crops, so we think Dunkirk is great value at $10,000."

 

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