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Hotel Grand Joins Racetree Roster
Queensland's Innisplain-based Racetree has added dual Gr1-winning 4YO stallion Hotel Grand (Grand Lodge-Terrestial, by Star Watch) to its 2007 roster "in a multi-million dollar deal, with stake-holders to include his original owners & a major Queensland client of Racetree". Racetree managing director Kevin Dixon commented: "It's not every day you can add a multiple Gr1-winner of Australian classic races to your stallion roster. Hotel Grand will have great appeal to breeders: his racetrack performance was outstanding & he is a magnificently conformed horse, very much in the classic style. He is the sort of horse most breeders & owners can only dream about having in their paddocks." Hotel Grand (trained by Anthony Cummings) won both last season's Gr1 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), as well as Newcastle's Gr3 Spring Stakes (1600m); overall he recorded 3 wins & a placing (in the 2005 Listed Dulcify Quality over 1800m) from 9 starts for $598,860 prize-money. Hotel Grand's dam Terrestial (a winning mare from the lone crop of Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Star Watch) has also produced Gr1 winner Outback Prince. Hotel Grand is by ill-fated former Woodlands Stud shuttler Grand Lodge (Chief's Crown-La Papagena, by Habitat) whose 55 stakes-winners include international stars Sinndar, Grandera, Grand Zulu, Freemason & Shamdala. Hotel Grand will stand at Racetree for $16,500 alongside exciting prospects Greenwood Lake (a Gr1-winning 2YO & 3/4 brother to Vinery sire Success Express) & Top Marc (the 1st stakes-winning son of Canadian Silver to retire to stud, with 12 wins & over $400,000 prize-money).