Mecca’s Angel sold to start her career at stud

Mecca's Angel: winning her second Nunthorpe Stakes earlier this year

PICTURE: Martin Lynch ( Mecca's Angel sold to start her career at stud
By Zoe Vicarage 3:24PM 18 OCT 2016

DUAL Group 1 heroine Mecca's Angel, whose retirement from racing was confirmed on Monday, has been sold to start her career as a broodmare.

The deal was brokered privately by Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock but he could not confirm the identity of her purchaser.

Her trainer Michael Dods did reveal that she is set to visit Coolmore's perennial champion sire Galileo.

Dods said: "We're delighted to have had her and she's given everyone a lot of pleasure but the time was right for her to go to stud and she owes nobody anything.

"It's very sad for David Metcalfe, Paul Mulrennan, myself and the staff that she won't be in training with us next year but hopefully we've got some nice replacements.

"We're delighted she's going to Galileo and we are looking forward to watching her offspring."

Bred by Yeomanstown Stud and Doc Bloodstock out of the winning Atraf mare Folga, the daughter of Dark Angel was snapped up by Dods for 16,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2012.

She has since gone on to reward her owner David Metcalfe and Dods by winning ten of her 20 races, including successive renewals of the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

At the time of her retirement she had amassed prize-money of £679,941 and had also registered success in the Listed Scarborough Stakes, the Group 3 World Trophy, the Group 3 Prix de Saint-Georges and the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes.

Goff added: "I have been following this filly for a couple of years and it makes perfect sense for any breeding programme to buy her as she has so much speed and she is a fantastic outcross broodmare prospect."

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