DUAL Derby winner Harzand, by Sea The Stars, has been retired and will stand at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in 2017.
Harzand, trained by Dermot Weld, won four of his seven races and was ridden in all of them by Pat Smullen. Weld commented: “He has done everybody proud and it’s been an honour to train him.”
Harzand overcame a late scare to win the Investec Derby at Epsom in June. Having spread a plate in transit, he needed constant treatment in the run up to the race and showed great courage to hold off US Army Ranger.
It was then a rush to prepare him for the Irish Derby but he once again displayed a willing attitude to fend off Aidan O’Brien’s Idaho.
His season ended with defeats in the Irish Champion Stakes, in which he suffered another injury, and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in which he finished ninth.
“I’ve enjoyed training him. He’s won two Derbys for us. He’s a beautifully-made colt, very sound,” said Weld. – from Racing UK.