Classic hero The Gurkha retired to stud

The Gurkha storms clear in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Classic hero The Gurkha retired to stud By Martin Stevens 4:32PM 21 SEP 2016

DUAL Group 1-winning miler The Gurkha has been retired and will start his stallion career at Coolmore in County Tipperary next year.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained son of Galileo underwent surgery for a displaced colon at Fethard Equine Hospital last month, a procedure that had ruled him out of racing again this year.

The Gurkha retires as the winner of three of his six starts – a Navan maiden by nine lengths, the Poule d'Essai des Poulains by five and a half lengths and the Sussex Stakes in a thrilling neck verdict over Galileo Gold.

He also finished second to Galileo Gold in the St James's Palace Stakes and filled the same place behind Hawkbill in the Coral-Eclipse.

The Gurkha is a brother to Group 3-placed Queen Nefertiti out of the Group 3-winning Danehill Dancer mare Chintz.

He hails from the family of champions and sires Alhaarth, Green Dancer and Makfi, as well as Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Solemia.

Coolmore's David O'Loughlin said: "He's a very good-looking and good-moving horse, bred on a similar cross to Frankel, out of a Group-winning two-year-old from the family of an excellent sire in Green Dancer and he's Europe's champion three-year-old miler elect. What more could you want?"

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