First Defence sold to stand in Saudi Arabia

Close Hatches: the masterpiece of First Defence's stallion career

PICTURE: Mark Wyville/Equi-photo First Defence sold to stand in Saudi Arabia By Bloodstock World Staff 6:40PM 4 SEP 2016

FIRST DEFENCE, the sire of multiple Grade 1 winner Close Hatches, has been sold to continue his stallion career in Saudi Arabia.

He will stand at Haif Stud in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock and Khalid Alsyari.

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The 12-year-old son of Unbridled's Song previously stood at Juddmonte Farms in Kentucky.

First Defence, who commenced stud duty in 2009 and stood at a fee of $7,500 this year, also enjoyed success with his progeny in Europe with his daughter Antonoe scoring in the Group 3 Prix d'Aumale and son Dundonnell landing the Group 3 Acomb Stakes.

His masterpiece, though, has been Close Hatches. The six-year-old mare was trained by Bill Mott for Juddmonte to win five races at the highest level – the Mother Goose Stakes, Cotillion Stakes, Apple Blossom Handicap, Ogden Phipps Stakes and Personal Ensign Stakes.

First Defence is out of Santa Monica Handicap heroine Honest Lady, a half-sister to three other Grade 1 winners – Chester House, Chiselling and his former Juddmonte Farms studmate Empire Maker.

He was trained by Bobby Frankel to win the Grade 1 Forego Stakes by a wide margin in 2008.

Another stallion making the journey from the US to Saudi Arabia is United States, a son of A.P. Indy related to Fusaichi Pegasus who stood this year at Northwest Farm in Florida.

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