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Decision Soon On Cockney Rebel UK Stud Plans
Meanwhile connections of this season's star 3YO colt & dual Gr1 English 2000 Guineas-Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Cockney Rebel (Val Royal-Factice, by Known Fact) "are hoping plans to send him to stud will be concluded by the end of the month," reported racingpost.co.uk. Cockney Rebel was tragically retired after being injured in a freak accident when cantering at Newmarket in routine morning trackwork earlier this month: he "spooked at a piece of paper & hit his near-fore leg with his hind leg, causing a swelling to his near-fore" & when a veterinary examination "deemed 3 months rest necessary, that diagnosis led to the decision to retire the dual-Classic winner". Owner Phil Cunningham confirmed: "Cockney Rebel's stud future remains outstanding. We have received a great deal of interest in the horse & it is hoped a deal will be concluded within the next couple of weeks, especially as many of the major players are returning from Keeneland." Cockney Rebel (whose sire is former Eliza Park shuttler & US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal) was initially sold as a foal at UK Tattersalls for 15,000 guineas (A$39,000) & resold a year later as a yearling at Doncaster's 2005 St Leger Sale for 30,000 guineas (A$78,000). Last year as a 2YO he finished 3rd in the UK Gr2 Champagne Stakes (7 furlongs) at York & overall retires with 3 wins (including both May's Gr1 English 2000 Guineas over 8 furlongs at Newmarket & Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas over 8 furlongs at the Curragh) from 6 starts for £448,721 (A$1.076m) earnings. In June racingpost.co.uk reported Cunningham had already received a £10 million (A$24m) offer for Cockney Rebel.