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3 Coolmore Sires Return To US

Tuesday, 18th September 2007

However Coolmore Australia confirmed 3 of its US-based shuttle stallions currently in the NSW Hunter Valley - Tale Of The Cat, Johannesburg & Lion Heart - "have been sent back to America to avert any chance of them being stranded in Australia at the end of the breeding season," reported breednet.com.au. Coolmore spokesman James Bester explained: "American importation rules insist that no horse can come into the country unless it has been on a disease free farm for at least 60 days prior. While Coolmore at Jerry's Plains is to this point free of equine influenza, it was regarded as a prudent decision to send some of the horses back to America." Coolmore was granted a special permit to move the horses to Sydney to board a waiting plane as the stud has been free from equine influenza, is outside any current restriction zone & the horses were not remaining in Australia. Coolmore Australia general manager Michael Kirwan added: "It was a compromise that had to be made for Ashford Farm in America. We're between a rock & a hard place. It's impossible to keep everyone happy, although in retaining Fusaichi Pegasus, Dehere & Royal Academy, we still have some high profile horses for Australian breeders. The Americans have Tale Of The Cat & his son Lion Heart, plus Johannesburg: so it's an even split, with 3 each."

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