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Brian Boru and Tout Seul retired.

Byline: Bruce Jackson

BRIAN BORU and Tout Seul, winners of Britain's biggest two-year-old races in 2002, have been retired to stud after ending their racing careers on a low, writes Bruce Jackson.

Brian Boru, winner of the Racing Post Trophy and 2003 St Leger, will stand at Coolmore's Beeches Stud, aimed at jumping breeders, while 2002 Dewhurst Stakes winner Tout Seul is to stand in Italy.

Brian Boru ended his racing career by finishing last in the Hong Kong Vase this month. He had started his final season with a Listed success and a second to Vinnie Roe in the Irish St Leger.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said: 'Brian Boru was a lovely horse to train. He had a huge amount of natural ability, a great attitude and was always very sound.'

The four-year-old son of Sadler's Wells won four of his 18 starts. He disappointed in the Derby, finishing 16th of 18 having started third favourite, but bounced back to win the St Leger.

He is joined at the Lismore, County Waterford stud with another acquisition in Imperial Ballet, sire of Group 1 winner Imperial Beauty.

Tout Seul, fourth in the 2,000 Guineas last year, ran his last race when fourth in Listed company at Newmarket. He stands at EUR4,500.

In a private deal brokered by Newmarket agents McKeever St Lawrence and Federico Barberini, the four-year-old, second to Oasis Dream in the juvenile International Classifications, will go to Tenuta della Calandrina, outside Rome.
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Date:Dec 23, 2004
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