09/09/2015 11:43AM

Champion Conduit relocates to Ireland


Conduit, the champion turf male of 2008, will relocate to Tullyraine House Stud in County Down, Ireland for the 2016 breeding season, Racing Post reports.

The 10-year-old son of Dalakhani previously stood at Big Red Farm in Hokkaido, Japan, where he entered stud in 2010. He will stand in Ireland for both flat and jumps racing.

Conduit is the sire of three crops of racing age with 63 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $4.7 million. His runners are led by Japanese stakes-placed Kineo Pegasus.

Bred in Ireland by Ballymacoll Stud, Conduit won seven of 15 starts during his on-track career for earnings of $5,815,813. He raced the bulk of his career in England, winning the Group 1 Ladbrokes St. Leger and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, as well as the Group 3 Gordon Stakes. Conduit raced twice in the U.S., both winning efforts in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. His first win helped clinch the Eclipse Award in 2008.

"I'm thrilled to have him,” Hugh Suffern, owner of Tullyraine House Stud, told Racing Post. “He was one of the best middle-distance to staying horses of the last ten years, and he must be one of the highest earners to stand in Ireland. He's a very attractive model, a straight mover with great limbs and a good attitude as well. He was a superstar on the track and he still conducts himself like one."

Conduit is out of the unraced Sadler’s Wells mare Well Head, whose six foals to race are all winners, including English Group 2 winner Hard Top and French stakes-placed Spray Gun. He is from the family of Irish classic winners Spectrum and Petrushka, Group 1 winner Glass Harmonium, Group 2 winner Stream of Gold, and Group 3 winners Arab Spring and Liber Nauticus.