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French Derby winner Darsi retired to stud; TODAY IN THE NEWS.

Byline: Desmond Stoneham

FRANCE Darsi, who enjoyed his finest hour when winning this year's Prix du Jockey-Club for the Aga Khan, has been retired, writes Desmond Stoneham.

The Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained son of Polish Precedent, not seen out since finishing fifth to Dylan Thomas in the Irish Derby, won three of his six starts, the highlight being his three-quarter-length triumph over Best Name in the Chantilly Classic under Christophe Soumillon.

Speaking at Deauville yesterday, the Aga Khan's racing manager Georges Rimaud confirmed Darsi had been purchased by Highflyer Bloodstock to stand at stud.

"He was having a rest and we had a good offer," said Rimaud. "We looked at the options, which included keeping him in training next year, but we decided to sell. He was a brave and courageous horse who had both speed and stamina." FRANCE The Brian Meehan-trained Sans Reward finished last behind convincing winner Chinandega, who is now unbeaten in two starts, in the Group 3 Prix des Reservoirs at Deauville. US Flower Alley, disappointing this term after finishing second to Saint Liam in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, will be entered for the same race at Churchill Downs on November 4. Classic contender Invasor has been officially nominated to the event at a cost of $250,000.

Barclay Tagg is reconsidering a tilt at the Mile for Showing Up after the colt's victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont.

Bordonaro, the top West Coast sprinter, is set to be supplemented for the Sprint, according to trainer Bill Spawr.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2006
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