Ardad Retired to Overbury Stud

Group 2 winner Ardad (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}–Good Clodora {Ire}, by Red Clubs {Ire}), who raced for Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah and was trained by John Gosden, will stand his first season at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire. The deal was brokered by Blandford Bloodstock and breeding rights will be available. A winner of Royal Ascot’s 2016 Listed Windsor Castle S. only six days after breaking his maiden at Yarmouth, Ardad swooped to take the G2 Flying Childers S. at Doncaster later that year. Ranked the highest rated Royal Ascot 2-year-old by his sire with a Timefore Timefigure of 111, he retires with a record of 9-3-0-0 and earnings of $129,041.

“It’s fantastic news that Ardad is coming here,” said Overbury Stud manager Simon Sweeting. “He’s a smashing-looking colt. Kodiac is immensely popular with owners and trainers, as they value highly the speed and precocity he imparts. Ardad is the purest expression of that, so we’re thrilled to have him. His owner, Mr. Abdullah Al Naboodah, is also lining up some nice mares for him, including Dabyah (Ire) (Sepoy {Aus}), who won the [G3] Fred Darling, so that’s great for the horse at the outset.”

Bred by Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland, Ardad was a £170,000 GOFAPR juvenile purchase by Blandford Bloodstock. His dam is a half-sister to Ruby Rocket (Ire) (Indian Rocket {GB}), a MSW in Ireland, as well as SWs Alexander Alliance (Ire) (Danetime {Ire}) and Inzar’s Best (Ire) (Inzar). The latter was runner-up in the G3 Prix Eclipse. European highweight Anita’s Prince (Ire) (Stradavinsky {Ire}) is under the fourth dam.

“Ardad was a strong, powerful and precocious colt with a great mind,” said Gosden. “He was an absolute pleasure to train and was a real Royal Ascot 2-year-old.”

Ardad will command £6,500 in his first season.

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