Power has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore for 2013 it was announced today. Trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “Power is a smashing horse with lots of tactical speed and a great turn of foot. Unfortunately he sustained an injury at Royal Ascot when a horse came down in front of him and while we thought we’d have him back for an autumn campaign, we’ve just run out of time.”
One of the best two-year-olds of his generation, Power won the Group 1 National Stakes (pictured) and the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. He was arguably unlucky not to add the Dewhurst when narrowly beaten by Parish Hall, having had to be switched at a vital stage. Power notched up his fifth career success in the Irish 2,000 Guineas when he came from well off the pace to score readily.
The only Group 1 winner at both two and three years by leading sire Oasis Dream, Power is a half-brother to Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner Thakafaat. His dam, a two-year-old winner over six furlongs herself, is a half-sister to unbeaten 2,000 Guineas winner and proven sire Footstepsinthesand along with this year’s Group 1 Phoenix Stakes winner Pedro The Great.
“Power was a very talented and early-maturing two-year-old, he’s by a very successful sire and comes from a great family so we’d expect him to sire plenty of good two-year-olds with that extra bit of class. He’s a very welcome addition to the roster,” said Coolmore’s Eddie Fitzpatrick.