Subfertile Cacique retired from stud duty
Cacique: sired top-level winners Dominant, Mutual Trust and Slumber
PICTURE: Ascuncion Pineyrua Subfertile Cacique retired from stud duty By Martin Stevens 11:55AM 21 SEP 2016
CACIQUE, who has compiled an admirable international stallion profile despite being unable to get large numbers of mares in foal, has been retired from covering duty due to continuing fertility problems.
The 15-year-old son of Danehill started his career at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket in 2007, after winning the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap and Man O'War Stakes for Bobby Frankel.
He stood alongside his brothers Champs Elysees and Dansili, covering carefully managed books after his subfertility became apparent.
Cacique's first crop of only 29 foals yielded four Group winners and six black-type horses, headed by international Group 1 winners Dominant, Mutual Trust and Slumber, who is set to stand his first season at Calumet Farm in Kentucky next year.
Group 2 winner Canticum emerged from his second crop of only four foals.
More recently Cacique's few racecourse representatives have included useful handicapper Abdon, once-raced maiden winner Testimonio and Contrapposto, a promising second in the Convivial Maiden Stakes last month.
Banstead Manor Stud director Simon Mockridge said: "We're very grateful to all the breeders who have supported Cacique over the years.
"Not only did Cacique live up to his pedigree on the racetrack but, by being one of three full-brothers to produce a Group winner at stud, he also lived up to expectations as a stallion, despite a far from straightforward stud career.
"He is a horse with a huge amount of quality and a fantastic temperament – and he will now join Zamindar and Observatory in retirement at Banstead Manor."