Dual Group 1 winner to stand at Coolmore

Two-time Group 1 winner King’s Legacy has been retired and will stand at Coolmore Stud in the new breeding season.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained galloper finished fifth in last Saturday’s Group 1 Randwick Guineas and connections have elected not to push on further into the autumn with the valuable colt.

Bloodstock agent James Harron announced the decision alongside Coolmore on Wednesday morning.

“It was a great effort by King’s Legacy on Saturday and jockey Tom Marquand reported that had he not been held up at a crucial stage in the straight he could have made things very interesting,” Harron said.

“King’s Legacy has been a tremendous horse for us and we could not be more excited looking forward to his future at Coolmore Stud.

“Some of Australia’s biggest breeders are involved with this colt and he will be strongly supported with outstanding mares throughout his stud career.”

King’s Legacy (green) winning the Champagne Stakes. Photo: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

King’s Legacy enjoyed a sensational two-year-old career when claiming a Group 1 double in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes last autumn.

The son of Redoute’s Choice also featured in both the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, finishing fifth, and was ninth in the Golden Slipper in the lead up to his Group 1 triumphs.

His three-year-old season failed to reach the same heights with King’s Legacy coming closest to a third Group 1 when finishing third behind the recently retired Ole Kirk and North Pacific in last year’s Golden Rose.

Hugh Bowman alongside Peter Snowden (L) and Paul Snowden (R) after King’s Legacy’s Champagne Stakes win. April 18. Photo: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

A $1.4 million Magic Millions yearling purchase, King’s Legacy proved himself worthy of that price tag on the track and will now get the chance at stud.

“King’s Legacy is aptly named and is everything Australia is looking for in a young stallion prospect,” Coolmore’s principal Tom Magnier said.

“He won the Sires’ Produce and then, after we joined the ownership, he added the Champagne Stakes at Royal Randwick.

“We’re delighted he will now take his place on our roster. He’s by an outstanding sire of sires and has an exceptional pedigree and an imposing physique.

“He will be heavily supported by both Coolmore and some of Australia’s leading breeders who remain in the ownership.“

The service fee for King’s Legacy is still to be announced.

Originally published asKing’s reign over with Snowden colt retired

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