Former Darley shuttler Cape Cross (Ire) has been pensioned after suffering fertility problems at Kildangan Stud.
“We are approaching the end of March and he has failed to get a mare in foal,” Darley’s director of stallions Sam Bullard said of the 22 year-old stallion. “It has been decided that he should be retired from stud duties.”
Cape Cross (Green Desert) was a Group 1 winner of the Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes and Celebration Mile before retiring to Sheikh Mohammed’s stallion base in County Kildare in 2000.
His first crop included Lord Derby’s champion filly Ouija Board who established herself as an exceptional talent by winning the English and Irish Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
In 2009, Cape Cross colt Sea The Stars completely dominated his own generation in the English 2000 Guineas and English Derby before defeating older horses in the Eclipse Stakes, Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes and Arc de Triomphe.
The third pivotal horse in the stallion’s career – Golden Horn – also won the English Derby, Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes and Arc de Triomphe last year.
Cape Cross shuttled to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand for four years until 2003 and later transferred to Darley’s Hunter Valley operation until the E.I. crisis in 2007. His southern-hemisphere Group 1 winners include I’m Your Man, Able One, Gaze, Kindacross, Mikki Street and Seachange.