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Tamarisk may race again following fertility problems.

TAMARISK could be on course for a remarkable return to the racetrack after failing in his new career at stud.

Following major fertility problems in his first year as a stallion, the champion three-year-old sprinter of 1998 yesterday became the property of his insurers Generali, who have agreed to pay out a claim from Ireland's Coolmore Stud.

Generali is keen to sell Tamarisk and has no interest in racing the four- year-old-a situation which has alerted his previous owners Highclere Thoroughbred, whose syndicate manager Harry Herbert yesterday expressed an enthusiasm for buying back the colt.

"We are not in the business of owning horses. If someone wants to come in with a big chunk of money they could have him tomorrow," said Generali's bloodstock underwriter Peter Trend. "We want to maximise our recovery."

Herbert revealed that he has already contacted Coolmore Stud by letter to say the syndicate would certainly be interested in buying back the son of Green Desert.

As a juvenile, Tamarisk finished second to Xaar in the Dewhurst Stakes and last year, having been unplaced in the 2,000 Guineas, he went on to finish second to Elnadim in the July Cup and then won the Group 1 Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup at Haydock.

"We would all be very keen to get the horse back," Herbert said. "We will certainly look at it very closely and I will discuss it with John Warren [his fellow Highclere director] and the share owners who were involved with the horse, to whom everybody grew very attached."

Meanwhile, the Irish National Stud has played down reports that Indian Ridge, sire of Breeders' Cup Mile winner Ridgewood Pearl and July Cup winner Compton Place, has a leg problem.

Stud manager John Clarke said: "He just had a small veterinary problem which meant he missed a few days. Everything is back to normal now. The horse is back performing normally."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Griffiths, Richard
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 26, 1999
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