Racing: Celebre for Coolmore

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The Independent Online
Peintre Celebre, the Prix du Jockey-Club winner who bypassed the Irish Derby, will eventually make it to Ireland but not until his racing career is over. His owner, Daniel Wildenstein, has completed an agreement with Coolmore Stud to stand the son of Nureyev at the Co Tipperary farm.

Japanese interests had made a $16m (pounds 9.7m) offer for the colt, whose main target is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but Wildenstein preferred to stand the horse in Ireland to allow European breeders access.

"Peintre Celebre is the best colt we have had and we wish to be able to breed our best mares to him and race the subsequent progeny," Wildenstein said. "We board a lot of our mares at Coolmore and they are the No 1 stallion operation in the world right now."

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