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Elusive City Moves From Ireland To France
Gr1-winning NZ Haunui Farm shuttler & 2002 French Champion 2YO Elusive City (Elusive Quality-Star Of Paris, by Dayjur) who finished 2008 as Europe's leading 1st-season sire by progeny earnings "is to leave the Irish National Stud to stand at France's Haras d'Etreham in Normandy in 2010," reported racingpost.com. This year Elusive City (who won France's 2002 Gr1 Prix Morny before initially retiring to Huma Park Stud, where he spent 2 seasons before moving to the Irish National Stud) has been represented by French Gr1 1000 Guineas winner Elusive Wave, Irish Gr1 2000 Guineas 3rd-placed Soul City (who previously won last year's Goffs Million) & dual Listed winner Nashmiah. Due to the success of his 1st-crop, Elusive City's fee stud increased from €8,000 (A$13,900) to €12,000 (A$20,800) this year. He will continue to shuttle to New Zealand "where he has sired southern hemisphere Listed winners Lamington Vegas & Metropolitan". Elusive City's ownership syndicate spokesman Hubie de Burgh commented: "Three-quarters of the Elusive City northern hemisphere shares are owned by French breeders & these shareholders have decided to stand him in France, where their breeding operations are based & where a large amount of Elusive City's success has been achieved."