04/21/2014 12:57PM

Dundeel retired to stud in Australia


Dundeel, a six-time Australian Group 1 winner, has been retired and will begin his stud career this upcoming Southern Hemisphere season at Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales, Australia. A fee will be announced at a later date.

The High Chaparral colt, who is a 4-year-old on the Southern Hemisphere calendar, raced as It’s A Dundeel in Australia, but will stand as Dundeel, the name he is registered under in his native New Zealand.

Dundeel won 10 of 19 starts for earnings of more than $3 million in U.S. funds. He swept Sydney’s Autumn Triple Crown as a 3-year-old, taking the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby. He also captured the Spring Champion Stakes during the 2012-2013 season, and won the Underwood Stakes early in his 4-year-old campaign, defeating the previously-unbeaten Atlantic Jewel. He concluded his career with a win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes last Saturday.

"Dundeel was a racehorse of the highest class, effective at Group 1 level from 1600 to 2400 meters, with immense natural athleticism, a high cruising speed and a devastating turn of foot,” Arrowfield chairman John Messara said. “These attributes, combined with his undaunted toughness and courage, make him this year's most exciting stallion prospect. We are delighted to offer him to Australian and New Zealand breeders."

Dundeel is one of five winners from as many starters out of the unraced Zabeel mare Stareel, who also produced stakes-placed Twoeezy. Stareel is out of New Zealand champion Staring.