The retirement of It’s A Dundeel to Arrowfield Stud was announced on Monday by Arrowfield Chairman John Messara.
He will be known at stud by his original New Zealand-registered name of Dundeel and his 2014 service fee will be $27,500 inc. GST.
The son of High Chaparral and Stareel (by Zabeel), signed off on his brilliant racing career by carrying Arrowfield’s silks to a dominant championship victory in Saturday’s $4 million ATC Queen Elizabeth S. 2000m G1.
That was his sixth Group 1 win following his history-making sequence as a 3YO in the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), Randwick Guineas (1600m), Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and the Australian Derby (2400m), and his conquest of the previously unbeaten Atlantic Jewel in the MRC Underwood S. 1800m G1 last Spring.
Dundeel’s 19-start record features 10 wins from two to four, a total of ten Group 1 performances and earnings of $5.3 million.
John Messara says, “Dundeel was a racehorse of the highest class, effective at Group 1 level from 1600 to 2400 metres, with immense natural athleticism, a high cruising speed and a devastating turn of foot.
“These attributes, combined with his undaunted toughness and courage, make him this year’s most exciting stallion prospect. We are delighted to offer him to Australian and New Zealand breeders.”