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Falkirk Retired To NZ Windsor Park
NZ-owned & Lee Freedman-trained 5YO sprinting entire Falkirk (Tale Of The Cat-Madam Valeta, by Palace Music) has been retired from racing (following his unplaced run in the weekend's UK Gr1 Darley July Cup over 6 furlongs at Newmarket) & will commence stud duties this season at his Windsor Park birthplace in New Zealand. Falrirk (passed-in for NZ$97,500 at the 2002 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka) recorded 8 wins & 4 runner-ups from 22 starts for $642,806 prize-money; his highlights included victories in the 2004 Gr2 QTC Cup (1200m) at Eagle Farm, 2004 Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill, 2004 NZ Gr3 Sunline Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa, 2005 Gr3 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington & 2006 Listed Bob Hoysted Stakes (1100m) at Flemington. Falkirk's dam Madam Valeta (a Gr3 winner of 9 races) has also produced Sydney Gr2 winner Mulan Princess & Listed winner Luscilla; & her dam Lovenvain is the dam of 4 stakes-winners including dual Gr1-winning miler Golden Sword. Falkirk has now entered quarantine & is scheduled to arrive at Windsor Park in mid-August; a stud fee will be announced shortly.