Dick Turpin has arrived back at the English National Stud after his first southern season at Mungrup Stud.
“He returned to us in terrific shape,” National Stud managing director Brian O’Rourke said in Newmarket on Friday. “We are delighted with how he looks and we are looking forward to his first foals.”
Dick Turpin (Ire) covered around 90 mares at Mungrup and studmaster Gray Williamson was just as happy with the six year-old. “It was a pleasure working with him,” Williamson said. “He’s a tremendous horse and there’s no problems with his fertility.”
Dick Turpin (Arakan) was undefeated in his first three starts as a two year-old in England and then added a rich bonus for his connections in the Tattersalls Ireland Sale Stakes at Fairyhouse. He returned at three to defeat Canford Cliffs in the G3 Greenham Stakes at Newmarket and later that year claimed the G1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly.
In his final season as a four year-old in 2011, Dick Turpin impressed again with a late charge to snatch victory from fellow British raider Cityscape in the G1 Premio Vittorio Di Capua in Milan. The runner-up went on to score a G1 victory in the following year’s Dubai Duty Free Stakes.
Dick Turpin’s first foals are due this month and at the front of the queue is USA bred mare Saint Ann (Geiger Counter). She has already foaled four winners including Sienna Storm (Peintre Celebre) who was runner-up in the LR Predominate Stakes at Goodwood.
– Karl Patterson
DICK TURPIN & GRAY WILLIAMSON
Photo / Ann Croucher