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Holy Roman Emperor Retired To Coolmore
Betting on the Gr1 English 2000 Guineas "was thrown into turmoil" over the weekend "when ante-post 2nd favourite Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'on Vite, by Secretariat) was unexpectedly retired to stand at Coolmore Stud in Ireland," reported thoroughbredinternet.com. The "catalyst for this decision was the discovery that last season's Guineas winner George Washington (Danehill-Bordighera, by Alysheba) who began covering duties at Coolmore last month, appears to have fertility problems". The plan "is for Holy Roman Emperor (winner of Ireland's Gr1 Phoenix Stakes & France's Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere before running a close 2nd to Europe's champion juvenile Teofilo in the UK Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes) to be made available to breeders who have mares booked into George Washington". Immediate plans for George Washington (rated joint-best turf horse of 2006 in the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings) "remain undecided pending examination by an American fertility expert, but one option mooted has been a return to training for the brilliant miler".