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Distant Music retired to Irish stud.

Byline: Bill Barber

Bill Barber

Distant Music, winner of the Dewhurst Stakes in 1999, has been retired to stud.

The four-year-old will stand at Morristown Lattin Stud in Ireland next year at a fee of around Irpounds 7,480, October 1 terms, alongside the likes of Definite Article and Revoque.

However, the son of Distant View will remain the

property of Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms.

Observatory, also by Distant View, was retired to Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket for next season, and general manager Philip Mitchell explained: "We found ourselves in the fortunate position of having two Group 1-winning sons by the same sire. It therefore seemed sensible to stand Distant Music in Ireland."

Gay O'Callaghan, who runs the County Kildare stud, said: "I'm thrilled to have Distant Music. This is a horse who had tremendous acceleration but was more than just an unbeaten juvenile.

"He won Group races at two, three and four and came out best of the three-year-olds when third to Kalanisi and Montjeu in last year's Dubai Champion Stakes."

Distant Music won five of his 14 races and amassed prize-money of pounds 349,615 for trainer Barry Hills.

Hills paid tribute to him yesterday, saying: "He was the best two-year-old I have trained and had speed to burn.

"He won from seven furlongs to nine furlongs and not many horses win Pattern races at two, three and four.

"He is a high-class horse who should do very well at stud."

Distant Music was unbeaten in three starts as a juvenile in 1999, winning a maiden and the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster before his length defeat of Brahms in the Dewhurst.

The colt was winter favourite for the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas on the back of that success, although he did not head the International Classifications for juveniles, that honour going to Fasliyev.

However, he lost his unbeaten record in his Guineas warm-up the following April when beaten by Barathea Guest in the Greenham Stakes and could only finish eighth behind King's Best in the Classic itself.

Rested during the summer, he regained his good form in the autumn, winning the Group 3 Park Stakes at Doncaster's St Leger meeting and finishing third behind Kalanisi and Montjeu in the Champion Stakes.

However, a trip to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup Mile resulted in a disappointing tenth of the 14 runners.

He failed to fire in his six races this season, with the exception of one success in the Group 2 Goffs International Stakes at The Curragh.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 1, 2001
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