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Our Ivanhowe To Stand in France in 2018
Dual hemisphere Gr1-winning stallion Our Ivanhowe will commence stud duties at Haras du Thenney in Normandy next year, reports Racing Post. The 7YO is currently in quarantine and is set to arrive in France next month. "We are very excited about the new arrival," said Niccolo Riva, who brokered the stud deal. "He's been an exceptional racehorse, winning four Group 1s in two hemispheres between ten and 12 furlongs. He's an impressive individual, provides an interesting outcross for most mares and should be of great interest for both Flat and jumps breeders." Trained in Australia by Lee & Anthony Freedman, Our Ivanhowe won 7 of his 24 starts for over $1.8 million in prize money, including two Gr1 races in Australia - namely the Ranvet Stakes & Doomben Cup. Originally prepared by Wilhelm Giedt & Jean-Pierre Carvalho in his native Germany, Our Ivanhowe was a dual Gr1 winner of the Grosser Preis von Bayern (2400m) and Grosser Preis von Bayern, in which he defeated subsequent German Derby winner Sea The Moon. Testament to Our Ivanhowe's class is the fact that he polled third behind Sea The Moon and Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist in Germany's 2015 Horse of the Year award.