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Holy Roman Emperor To Stay In Aust
Coolmore announced Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) will be joining its roster of stallions at Jerrys Plains in the NSW Hunter Valley for the remainder of the 2007 Australian breeding season. Coolmore general manager Michael Kirwan explained: "Such was the demand for the horse that we simply had to bring him to the farm. As one of the best-credentialed sons of Danehill anywhere in the world - and certainly the best-credentialed 1st-crop stallion at stud in Australia this season - Holy Roman Emperor has proven immensely popular among broodmare-owners. It's been a difficult time for everyone & at the end of the day we didn't want to let down his big band of supporters. He will also help alleviate the pressure on some of the other stallions, all of which are doing their best to make up for lost time." Holy Roman Emperor is from the family of Coolmore's leading Australian sire Encosta de Lago & his dam-sire Secretariat (the legendary US superstar) is also broodmare-sire of Storm Cat, A.P.Indy, Gone West & Dehere. On the track Holy Roman Emperor (who raced only as a 2YO) earned a 125 Timeform rating, with victories in both Ireland's Gr1 Phoenix Stakes (6 furlongs) at The Curragh & France's Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Grand Criterium (1400m) at Longchamp, as well as runner-ups in both the UK Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes (7 furlongs) at Newmarket & Irish Gr1 National Stakes (7 furlongs) at The Curragh; overall he retired with 4 wins & 2 placings from 7 starts. Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse paid the sale-topping $3 million for Holy Roman Emperor's 3/4 brother (by Coolmore's 7-time Gr1-winner Rock Of Gibraltar) at this year's Inglis Eater Yearling Sale. Holy Roman Emperor will stand this season at $44,000.