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Coolmore Shuttler Statue Of Liberty Sold To Japan
Meanwhile 7YO Blue Gum Farm shuttler Statue Of Liberty (who did not stand in Australia this year, but returned immediately to Ireland due to the equine influenza outbreak) "has been sold by Coolmore to stand at East Stud on the Japanese island of Hokkaido," reported racingpost.co.uk. Statue Of Liberty (Storm Cat-Charming Lassie, by Seattle Slew) spent the last 4 northern seasons at Coolmore Stud in Ireland & has notched 13 winners (from a crop of over 80 foals) with his initial 2YO runners this year (including Italian Listed winner Black Mambazo, plus stakes-placed Galaktea & New Jersey); as a result he ranked 6th among 1st-season sires in Britain & Ireland by individual winners. Statue Of Liberty (a half-brother to Lemon Drop Kid from the family of A.P.Indy) was a US$1.3 million yearling & won the 2002 UK Gr3 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot as a 2YO; he placed in the Gr1 Sussex Stakes as a 3YO & was retired to stud at the end of the year. Statue Of Liberty covered books in excess of 100 in each of his 4 northern seasons, most recently covering 183 mares at a €9,000 (A$14,400) fee in 2007. And "there are 21 mares in-foal to Statue Of Liberty catalogued for sale in breeding-stock auctions at Goffs (Ireland), Tattersalls (England) & ARQANA (France) in the next few weeks," noted thoroughbredinternet.com.