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Ad Valorem's Stud Career On Hold
Woodlands Stud has announced overnight that Ad Valorem (Danzig-Classy Women, by Relaunch) will now not start his stud career in 2006 as planned. According to Woodlands spokesperson Rick Connolly, "The distinct possibility of earning the coveted World Champion Miler's title," is behind the decision. "Following discussions conducted between (principal) Mr Bob Ingham & (general manager) Trevor Lobb of Woodlands and Coolmore studs together with (trainer) Aidan O'Brien in the aftermath of the 4YO's emphatic Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes success at Royal Ascot, the son of Danzig is to remain in training for the remainder of the current northern hemisphere racing season with a view to establishing him as the leader of his division worldwide. So impressive was the 4YOs Royal Ascot mile performance, “Ad Valorem shot to the head of the world rankings for the distance with a rating of 123. The figure sees him rated 1lb superior to Hong Kong's exceptional miler Bullish Luck, winner of the latest renewals of both the Gr1 Hong Kong Invitational Mile and Gr1 Yasuda Kinen, to be regarded as the current world champion at the distance. As a consequence, Ad Valorem will now be aimed at the Gr1 Sussex Stakes during the Glorious Goodwood meeting in August, before a probable long-term program involving all the of other major mile contests staged either side of the Atlantic later in the racing year."