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Strike The Deal - 03.08.07

Strike The Deal: his sire, Van Nistelrooy, is not returning to Kentucky

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Van Nistelrooy to
remain in Argentina

GROUP 2 winner Van Nistelrooy, the $6.4 million yearling who sired Jeremy Noseda's Middle Park Stakes runner-up Strike The Deal in his first crop, will not be returning toAshford Stud in Kentucky for the 2012 season.

The son of Storm Cat will instead remain at Haras Firmamento in Argentina, his home for the current southern hemisphere season. He has stood the northern hemisphere season at Coolmore's Kentucky arm since his retirement from racing in 2004, most recently at a fee of $5,000.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien on behalf of Mrs John Magnier, Van Nistelrooy won half his six starts including the Group 2 Futurity Stakes. He was also second in the Group 1 National Stakes.

Van Nistelrooy stood his first season at a fee of $7,500 and sired five first crop juvenile stakes winners including Grade 1 winner Set Play and Strike The Deal, which prompted a fee increase to $25,000 in 2008. In all, he is the sire of 23 stakes winners worldwide.




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