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Mares Scanned In Foal For Olympic Glory
Four-time Gr1 winner Olympic Glory (Choisir-Acidanthera, by Alzao) has had his first ten mares scanned in foal at Haras de Bouquetot in Normandy, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. The son of Australian-bred sire Choisir, who is owned by Al Shaqab Racing, retired after winning the Gr1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in October. The mares who returned positive tests include Sloaan, a Silver Frost half-sister to Gr1 winner Morandi, and Scarlet Strike, a Grade 1-placed Smart Strike half-sister to King's Bishop Stakes hero Visionaire bought by Al Shaqab Racing for $1.3 million. Al Shaqab Racing is giving Olympic Glory strong support in his first season at stud and among the mares they are sending him are dual Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection, who was bought by the operation for US$2.7m at Fasig-Tipton in 2013. Al Shaqab is also sending him Spin, a Galileo sister to 1,000 Guineas third Moth bought for €850,000; Seeharn, a Listed-winning Pivotal half-sister to Yellow Rosebud bought for 950,000gns; the Gr3-placed pair Bea Remembered and Footsteppy; Daidahana, a Shamardal half-sister to Carry On Katie, and Orayda, a daughter of New Approach and Gr2-placed Wadaat. Trained by Richard Hannon, Olympic Glory won 8 of his 15 starts for over £1.4 million prize money, with his biggest victories being in the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, and Gr1 Prix de la Foret. He is fully booked for his first season and is standing at an introductory fee of €15,000.