04/30/2013 9:56PM

Alhaarth, European champion and sire, pensioned at 20


Alhaarth, a champion racehorse who went on to sire such Group 1 winners as Haafhd and Phoenix Reach, has been pensioned from stud duty due to what Derrinstown Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland, described as “an ongoing cardiac condition.”

Derrinstown announced Alhaarth’s pensioning Tuesday, just days after his son Mourayan won Australia’s Group 1 Sydney Cup.

Alhaarth, an Unfuwain horse, is 20. Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum bred Alhaarth from the Irish River mare Irish Valley, who also is the dam of Group 3 winner Green Pola. At 2, Alhaarth won the Cartier Award as Europe’s champion 2-year-old colt after winning 1995’s Group 1 Dewhurst, Group 2 Champagne, and Group 3 Vintage and Solario Stakes. He also was an Irish heighweight at 4 after taking the Group 2 American Bowl International Stakes and finishing third in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes. He also won a pair of Group 2 stakes in France, the Prix du Rond-Point at 3 and the Prix Dollar at 4.

From 17 lifetime starts in England, Ireland, and France, Alhaarth tallied eight wins, two seconds, and three thirds and earned $581,504.

As of April 29, Alhaarth has sired 357 winners and 29 stakes winners from 13 crops of racing age. Phoenix Reach, a Grade 1 winner in Canada and a Group 1 winner in Dubai and Hong Kong, and Haafhd, the English 2,000 Guineas winner in 2004, are his best runners in addition to Mourayan.

Alhaarth “had been suffering from an ongoing cardiac condition which has worsened recently, and it has been decided that it is not in the horse’s best interests to continue covering,” Maktoum’s Derrinstown Stud said in announcing the stallion’s retirement. He will live out his days at Derrinstown, according to that announcement.