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Olympic Glory To Stand At Arrowfield
Arrowfield Stud has announced that four-time European Group 1 winner Olympic Glory (Choisir-Acidanthera, by Alzao) will join the Stud's roster in 2015. The decision to shuttle the high-class sprinting son of Choisir is the first move by H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani's successful Qatari racing organisation Al Shaqab into Australian thoroughbred breeding. Olympic Glory is currently standing his first season at Al Shaqab's Haras de Bouquetot in France. Arrowfield Chairman John Messara said: "Olympic Glory is a first class stallion prospect and as such is a major asset for Australian breeders and also a significant first step in Australia's relationship with H.E. Sheikh Joaan. We look forward to launching Olympic Glory's southern hemisphere career with a strong book of mares." John Warren, an advisor to Al Shaqab, said: "H.E. Sheikh Joaan is delighted that Olympic Glory will be standing at Arrowfield. John Messara's team have a wealth of experience standing top class stallions and are committed to making Al Shaqab's first venture into the Australian thoroughbred industry a success." Trained by Richard Hannon, Olympic Glory won 8 of his 15 starts for over £1.4 million prize money, with his biggest victories being from 1200m-1600m in the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, and Gr1 Prix de la Foret. Olympic Glory will stand the 2015 season at Arrowfield at a fee of $19,250 inc. GST and will make his first public appearance in Australia at the Stud's Stallion Open House in August. Watch Olympic Glory's Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere victory below.