10/17/2013 4:29PM

Novellist, Group 1 winner, retired and sold to Shadai Farm


Novellist, a Group 1 winner in four countries, was sold to the Yoshida Family’s Shadai Corporation in Hokkaido, Japan, where he will begin his stallion career in 2014. The story was originally reported by Thoroughbred Daily News.

The 4-year-old son of Monsun raced the majority of his career in Germany. There, he tallied four group stakes wins, highlighted by the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden in his final career start.

Novellist’s 2013 campaign also included a win in the Grade 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in France and a course record-setting performance in the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse in England, where the colt set the new mark for 1 1/2 miles in 2:24.60. He was being pointed for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France for his next start, but was scratched due to a fever.

Novellist also tallied a Group 1 win in Italy, taking the Gran Premio Del Jockey Club in 2012. He retired with nine wins in 11 career starts, including seven group stakes victories, for earnings of $1,873,588. The colt was trained by Andreas Wohler for owner Christoph Berglar.

“Since 2011, the center of my breeding activities has been in Kentucky, where our family is running Stonereath Stud, and we contemplated standing him ourselves in the United States,” Berglar told Thoroughbred Daily News. “However, as a stayer and turf horse, and with 75 percent of all races in the U.S. run over shorter distances and on dirt, Novellist would have had limited opportunities to succeed in that environment.

“A few established European farms were interested, but it became obvious that European valuations of the horse as a breeding prospect were certainly far removed from the Japanese offer we received,” he continued. “Novellist will be an interesting addition to the Japanese Thoroughbred gene pool and should have a fair chance that he will be as successful a stallion as he was a racehorse.”

Homebred in Ireland by Berglar, Novellist is out of the German Group 3-winning Lagunas mare Night Lagoon, a Berglar homebred herself. The dam is a producer of five winners from six foals to race, and was bred to Bernardini for the 2014 breeding season.