Ultra To Retire To Darley France

By Daithi Harvey

Godolphin’s French champion juvenile of 2015 Ultra (Ire) (Manduro {Ger}-Epitome {Ire}, by Nashwan) has been retired from racing and will stand alongside his own sire at Darley’s Haras du Logis in France for 2018. Homebred by Darley and trained by Andre Fabre, Ultra was undefeated in three starts as a 2-year-old and ended the season beating Cymric (Kitten’s Joy) and subsequent Classic winner Galileo Gold (GB) (Paco Boy {Ire}) in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp in record time. He was lightly raced since, finishing second in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte on his first of two runs in 2016 while he had a single but successful start in 2017 when comfortably winning a listed race also at Maisons-Laffitte in April. Ultra retires with a record of 6-4-1 for earnings of €284,090 and his trainer commented, “Ultra is the ideal horse. Genuine, good-looking and a pleasure to train and watch race.”

Ultra was rated higher as a juvenile than his own multiple Group 1 winning sire Manduro and he is a half-brother to the G3 Prix Minerve winner Synopsis (Ire) (In The Wings {GB}). He hails from the outstanding Niarchos family of top performers Hector Protector (Woodman), Bosra Sham (Woodman) and Shanghai (Procida) who all won one-mile Classics in either Britain or France. “Ultra is a strong horse with particularly impressive conformation. He’s a record-breaking Champion two-year-old with Classic bloodlines and I’m sure breeders will be delighted when they see him at Haras du Logis,” said Sam Bullard, Darley’s director of stallions. “He is a fine addition to Darley’s increasingly impressive roster in France, and it’s wonderful to see Ultra alongside his sire as an example of what a great type Manduro can produce,” he added. Ultra will stand for a covering fee of €7,000 and a limited number of lifetime breeding rights will also be available.


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