Group 1 winner EQTIDAAR retired to stand at Nunnery

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2019

EQTIDAAR and Jim Crowley after winning the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup

TOP-CLASS sprinter EQTIDAAR will take up stallion duties at The Nunnery Stud in Thetford next year.

The four-year-old’s biggest success came in last year’s Group 1 Commonwealth Cup – a race that has established itself as Europe’s premier contest for three-year-old sprinters. EQTIDAAR, who was trained by Sir Michael Stoute, beat a host of talented runners at Ascot, including top-flight winners SANDS OF MALI, SIOUX NATION and UNFORTUNATELY as well as smart performers INVINCIBLE ARMY, EQUILATERAL and HEARTACHE.

EQTIDAAR, who won on his debut over 6f in a Nottingham maiden at two, was bred to be fast and he demonstrated that at Ascot, scoring in a quicker time than previous winners Caravaggio and Quiet Reflection.

Bred by Shadwell, EQTIDAAR is one of 18 Group/Grade 1 winners by INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, who has developed into a leading sire of sires; his sons at stud headed by KINGMAN and exciting freshman sire CABLE BAY as well as record-breaking Australian-based sire I AM INVINCIBLE.

EQTIDAAR is the third foal out of the dual-winning sprinter MADANY, a daughter of ACCLAMATION who has excelled in her second career at stud, making him a half-brother to Group 2 Hungerford Stakes winner and 2,000 Guineas runner-up MASSAAT, who was also second in the Dewhurst Stakes at two. MASSAAT covered 84 mares during his first season at Mickley Stud this year.

MADANY is a half-sister to stakes winner ZEITING - who has subsequently produced six black-type horses, including the dam of Classic-winning miler PRECIEUSE - and high-class sprint juvenile DOLLED UP.

Shadwell Stud Director Richard Lancaster said: “EQTIDAAR is an outstanding model, who really fills the eye. He is a good-looking, well-balanced horse with great length.

“There is no denying, in recent years, there has been a seismic shift towards speed and speed-orientated stallions. The Commonwealth Cup has become one of the most important races in the calendar – there’s no doubt it has become a stallion-making race - and EQTIDAAR won it very well, beating several high-class performers in the process.

“He has all the attributes to meet the demands of commercial breeders - he’s a Group 1-winning sprinter by one of the hottest sire of sires in Europe.”

Regular race pilot Jim Crowley commented: “He was a very talented sprinter and what he did at Ascot in the Commonwealth Cup was pretty impressive, considering his draw.

“I knew he was something special from the first day I sat on him at Nottingham, when he won very readily on debut. For a big, strong horse he is the most beautiful mover, who covers a lot of ground.”

EQTIDAAR’S trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: “This well balanced, quality son of Invincible Spirit had a great temperament, and was at his best when winning the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in 2018.” 

EQTIDAAR will be available to view at Beech House Stud in Newmarket during the Tattersalls December Sales.

A fee for him and other Nunnery Stud stallions will be announced at a later date.

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