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Gr1 Star Mount Nelson Retired To UK Newsells Park Stud
Newsells Park Stud announced it will be standing dual Gr1-winning 4YO stallion Mount Nelson (Rock Of Gibraltar-Independence, by Selkirk) at the Royston-based farm in 2009. Mount Nelson is the 1st major stallion to stand at Newsells Park Stud since its purchase by the Jacobs family in 2000. As a 2YO in 2006, Mount Nelson won his maiden by 6-lengths & a week later added victory in France's Gr1 Criterium International (1600m) at Saint-Cloud, setting a new course record (which still stands). He finished his juvenile season with an official rating of 119 (4th highest in Europe). A foot injury marred his 3YO season, but he returned this year to win July's UK Gr1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes (10 furlongs) at Sandown & then finish 3rd in August's US Gr1 Arlington Million Stakes (10 furlongs on turf) at Arlington Park in his final race.