Friday 15 December 2017

Rip retired to stud

Rip Van Winkle winning last year's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes from Zacinto. Photo: PA
Rip Van Winkle winning last year's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes from Zacinto. Photo: PA

Rip Van Winkle will embark on a stud career at Coolmore after a slight setback ruled him out of a trip to the Breeders' Cup.

The four-year-old won both the Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes last year while he also landed the 10-furlong Juddmonte International at York this term.

He also finished fourth in the 2000 Guineas and Derby in 2009 as well as running Sea The Stars to a length when second in the Coral-Eclipse.

Rip Van Winkle was last seen when finishing a narrow second in the QEII and had been due to tackle the Breeders' Cup Mile next month after finishing 10th in the Classic last year.

However, trainer Aidan O'Brien has been forced to call time on his career and Coolmore now look forward to welcoming him to their stallion roster.

Manager Eddie Fitzpatrick said: "It's great to stand a son of Galileo at Coolmore, especially as Rip Van Winkle has the highest Timeform rating of any son of Galileo.

"A figure of 134 rates him the equal of his sire and 2lb superior to Galileo's Derby winner New Approach.

"As well as winning three Group Ones, he was the only horse who made Sea The Stars pull out all the stops when they clashed in the Eclipse Stakes. He was also precocious enough to win a Group race as a 2-y-o before the end of July."

Coolmore's general manager Christy Grassick added: "Rip Van Winkle looks guaranteed to work very well with mares that have Danehill or Danzig blood, and he should prove a great asset to the many breeders who can no longer access Galileo's services."

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