Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso has been retired from racing to stand at Darley’s Japanese base in Hokkaido.
Monterosso is an English bred son of Dubawi and his dam Porto Roca was bred by Queenslanders Peter Moran and Ron Gilbert. She helped trainer Danny O’Brien break into the big league with a Group 1 victory in the 2001 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.
Porto Roca foaled minor winners by King’s Best, Zeditave and Elusive Quality before being exported to Europe in December 2005.
Monterosso (6h Dubawi – Porto Roca by Barathea) was her first northern hemisphere foal and he won the 2010 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Owner Sheikh Hamdan sent him to the Gulf to win the 2011 Dubai City of Gold Stakes prior to a close third to Japanese raiders Victoire Pisa and Transcend in the Dubai World Cup.
Off the scene for nearly a year, he brushed aside a strong field in the 2012 edition of $10 million event that included So You Think who finished a well-beaten fourth.
“Monterosso was an excellent racehorse with the versatility to perform on turf and synthetic surfaces,” Darley manager Shotaro Kajiya said. “He’s a big, rangy type and it’s wonderful to be able to stand a son of Dubawi at Darley in Japan.”
Darley’s latest announcement comes soon after news Hard Spun will replace Street Sense on its Japanese roster for 2014.