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Tamarisk may race again following fertility problems.

TAMARISK tamarisk (tăm`ərĭsk), shrub or small tree of the genus Tamarix, native chiefly to the Mediterranean area and to central Asia. The plants are often heathlike and thrive in arid and coastal regions.  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 Coolmore Stud, established in 1975, is the world's largest breeding operation of thoroughbred racehorses and indisputably the best stud in the world, based in Fethard, County Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland. .

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 Syndicate manager

See: Managing underwriter

syndicate manager

A major underwriting firm that forms a syndicate in order to distribute a security issue to the public.
 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 bloodstock

thoroughbred horses

Noun 1. bloodstock - thoroughbred horses (collectively)
breed, strain, stock - a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; "he experimented on a particular breed of
 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 The Dewhurst Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres) at Newmarket's Rowley Mile course in October. It was first run in 1875.  and last year, having been unplaced in the 2,000 Guineas, he went on to finish second to Elnadim in the July Cup The July Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres) on the July Course at Newmarket Racecourse in early July. It was first run in 1876.  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 The Irish National Stud is an horse breeding facility based at Tully Kildare, County Kildare, Ireland established under the National Stud Act, 1945 and owned by the Irish Government. Attractions
The Stud
Guided tours are available at the visitor centre.
 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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