Group 1 galloper Atlante has been retired to stand at Mapperley Stud in Matamata.
The four-year-old Fastnet Rock stallion bows out after failing behind Sacred Star in the G1 Waikato Sprint (1400m). “He had a heart fibrillation in the race last Saturday and it’s a real shame,” Simms Davison of Mapperley Stud said. “Opie Bosson knew something was up after 100 metres.
“He’s here now and settled in well. He’s a lovely horse with a great nature. We’re looking forward to him beginning stud duties.”
Atlante headed to Australia after the 2000 Guineas and was a close second to Dissident in the G2 Hobartville Stakes during a four-start Sydney campaign. Team Hawkes moved him to Melbourne where he won the LR Drummond Stakes. (1200m) at Moonee Valley defeating Trust In A Gust.
Atlante (4h Fastnet Rock – Readyforcatherine by More Than Ready) was bred in Australia by Reavill Farm and fetched $170,000 at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale where he was bought by New Zealand pin-hookers Lyndhurst Farm. The colt was re-offered at the NZB Ready to Run Sale where he was bought for $200,000 by Bruce Perry Bloodstock.
Readyforcatherine was trained by Lee Freedman to win the Blue Sapphire Classic at Sandown. The mare’s latest foal is an unnamed 2yo filly by Fastnet Rock.