David Wachman’s lightning-fast 2-year-old of last season Requinto has been retired from racing and will join the Coolmore roster for 2013. Arguably Dansili’s most precocious son, Requinto is out of the equally speedy Damson, a three-length winner of the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot before defeating the colts to land the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes.
Requinto was unbeaten in his first three starts over the minimum trip, winning a maiden at Cork by 3½ lengths from subsequent Jersey Stakes winner and Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Ishvana, the Listed Danehill Dancer Tipperary Stakes by the same margin and the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. After a below-par run on unsuitably soft ground in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes, Requinto returned to winning ways in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes (pictured) at Doncaster defeating Group winners Caledonia Lady, Lilbourne Lad and Angels Will Fall. On his next and final start Requinto was beaten just 2½ lengths in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye. “From day one nothing at home could live with him,” said Requinto’s trainer David Wachman. “He was very, very fast and I look forward to training some of his 2-year-olds.”
“Requinto is a very good looking individual, he had speed to burn and, unlike many in this bracket, he also has a pedigree. We think he’s ideal for the commercial market” said Coolmore’s Eddie Fitzpatrick.
Also new at Coolmore for 2013 are Saturday’s brilliant Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Excelebration, High Chaparral’s ten-time Group 1 winner So You Think along with Power, the only son of Oasis Dream to win at Group 1 level at both 2 and 3 years. Returning from Ashford Stud in Kentucky is Kingmambo’s brilliant son Henrythenavigator whose impressive first crop includes Group 1 Phoenix Stakes winner Pedro The Great.