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Frankie Dettori and Dabirsim win the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

Frankie Dettori and Dabirsim win the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

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Ferland hails retiring
stable star Dabirsim

CHRISTOPHE FERLAND has paid handsome tribute to his former champion two-year-old Dabirsim after it was announced on Tuesday that the son of Hat Trick is to be retired to stud.

German-based owner Simon Springer is reported to be in negotiations with several studs with a view to Dabirsim beginning his stallion career next year.

Having gone unbeaten in five races at two including the Darley Prix Morny and the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere - a double last achieved by Arazi in 1991 - Dabirsim failed to win in two starts last spring, finishing his career with a sixth place in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains.

"I'm enormously proud of Dabirsim," reflected Ferland, who purchased his stable star on behalf of Springer for €30,000 as a yearling at Arqana in August 2010.

"The two Group 1s were obviously the highlights. For a young trainer to win the Morny after several years when no French horse had won was magnificent. It's a race which had been rather dominated by the English so to win with this horse was great. In the Jean-Luc Lagardere, 200m from the line he was fifth and then in three strides he'd won. To do that and, on such an exceptional day as that of the Arc de Triomphe, I'll never forget."

While arrangements for his stud duty are yet to be finalised ongoing Dabirsim remains at Ferland's yard in La Teste de Buch, south of Bordeaux.

"The horse is still with me at the moment, he goes out every day and will stay until the owner finds the right place for him to start his new career," Ferland added.

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