04/24/2006 11:00PM

Shirocco starting year in England


Shirocco, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Turf, will make a cross-channel voyage to Newmarket for his 2006 debut on May 7 in the 1 1/2-mile Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes, his trainer, Andre Fabre, said Tuesday.

"Shirocco is due to go to Newmarket, and he is fine," said the Chantilly-based Fabre. "I am happy with him."

Shirocco, a 5-year-old German-bred, had also been nominated to Sunday's Prix Ganay at Longchamp, but perhaps Fabre felt that the 1 5/16 miles of that first Group 1 race of the European season was a bit on the short side.