Lope De Vega has been withdrawn from the Magic Millions Patinack Farm dispersal on the Gold Coast starting this Sunday.
The Group 1 winning son of Shamardal has shuttled from Ballylinch Stud to Patinack’s Hunter Valley property since 2011. Lope De Vega was listed in the catalogue even though Patinack Farm does not own the stallion outright.
Ballylinch Stud manager John O’Connor confirmed Lope De Vega would not be in the sale. “Patinack only owns the southern hemisphere shares in the horse,” he said from Ireland. “The northern hemisphere shareholders are not interested in selling.
“Further discussions will take place about the southern hemisphere shares but for now he remains at Patinack. He will fulfil his southern hemisphere obligations before coming back to Ballylinch.”
Lope De Vega won the French 2000 Guineas and French Derby in 2010 and has proven an immediate success with his first crop in Europe this year. His 16th individual winner arrived when Godolphin filly Very Special scored by five lengths on debut at Yarmouth last Thursday, September 18.
Ballylinch bred colt Burnt Sugar notched his first Group win in the G3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton on September 6.
Lope De Vega (Ire) is standing for a $22,000 (inc gst) fee at Patinack Farm but he will likely enter the Gates of a New southern base in the Hunter Valley next year.