Shalaa to shuttle to Arrowfield Stud in 2017

Shalaa: four-year-old son of Inivincible Spirit stands in France

PICTURE: APRH Shalaa to shuttle to Arrowfield Stud in 2017
By Zoe Vicarage 12:32PM 26 JAN 2017

HARAS DE BOUQUETOT'S exciting new recruit Shalaa is to shuttle to Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales for the 2017 southern hemisphere breeding season.

The four-year-old son of Invincible Spirit was trained by John Gosden to win the Group 1 Prix Morny and the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes as a juvenile.

Retired to stud at the end of his three-year-old season which saw him win the Group 3 John Guest Bengough Stakes at Ascot, he is standing his first season in France at a fee of €27,500.

Arrowfield chairman John Messara said: "We're excited to stand Europe's dominant sprinting two-year-old Shalaa at Arrowfield in association with Al Shaqab, alongside their champion sprinter-miler Olympic Glory.

"Shalaa displayed the high quality, early-maturing speed that Australian breeders demand and offers a fresh take on the Danzig sire-line that's clearly working here."

Benoit Jeffroy, manager of the Al Shaqab breeding operation, added: "Shalaa is a standout individual, well-balanced, correct and he is a great mover. Frankie Dettori and John Gosden have both claimed he was one of the fastest horses they had ever had the chance to encounter.

"As a son of Invincible Spirit out of a two-year-old winning black-type mare, Shalaa should undoubtedly prove as popular with Australian breeders as he has been in Europe."

With the news that Shalaa is fully booked for 2017 and set to cover a host of blue-blooded mares include Treve and Puggy, the dam of Avenir Certain, he will stand at Arrowfield at a fee of A$33,000 (£19,783/€23,197).

Khalifa Al Attiya, Al Shaqab Racing's general manager, said: "We're delighted that Al Shaqab's Shalaa will be shuttling to Arrowfield Stud in Australia. After his tremendous racing career we have all the hopes he will become a top sire, and we've entrusted him with some of our own top quality mares including dual Arc winner Treve."

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