Scorpion on the move to Shade Oak Stud
Don't Touch It: son of Scorpion en route to Grade 1 honours
PICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos) Scorpion on the move to Shade Oak Stud By Martin Stevens 2:47PM 20 SEP 2016
NATIONAL HUNT sire Scorpion is leaving Coolmore's National Hunt ranks to join Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire for the 2017 season.
The 14-year-old son of Montjeu finished second in the Irish Derby before winning the Grand Prix de Paris and St Leger at three.
He also scored in the Coronation Cup and finished second in the Irish St Leger at five, before embarking on his stallion career at Castle Hyde Stud.
Scorpion's oldest crop are seven years old and among his best performers are Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle winner Don't Touch It, Grade 1-placed hurdler Tell Us More, Listed mares' bumper scorer The Nipper and the useful hurdlers Blue Fashion and Might Bite.
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Shade Oak Stud owner Peter Hockenhull said: "To be frank, I wasn't on the lookout for a stallion, as we purchased Telescope only last year and are concentrating on establishing him as the champion sire we believe he will become.
"We also have Black Sam Bellamy at a very exciting time of his career where promising bumper winners are beginning to race over the obstacles that are likely to be their forte.
"However, when we were offered the opportunity to stand Scorpion I jumped at it, because I believe that he too is on the cusp of proving his tremendous potential as a Jumps sire."
Hockenhill added he thought Scorpion's best days were ahead of him.
"From three to five he showed himself to be a top-class racehorse over the distances that most of the best NH stallions have raced (1½ miles and beyond)," he said.
"He is by a great stallion in Montjeu, not only sire of four Derby winners but also of a dual Champion Hurdler (Hurricane Fly) and of highly-promising National Hunt sires Walk In The Park."
"Even more importantly, he has proved his ability to sire good horses consistently. He is one of very few National Hunt sires in this country to have produced a Grade 1 winner and he is certainly the youngest of those that have.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for British breeders to get into him at a reasonable fee before he really takes off!"
Scorpion achieved a good recent result when sons Jack The Wire and Sir Scorpion finished first and second in a valuable handicap hurdle at Listowel last week.
His purchase from Coolmore was completed by Michael Meagher of Gleadhill House Stud, which bred Scorpion's Grade 3-placed son Great Try.
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