Novellist: smashed the track record when winning the King GeorgePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
King George hero Novellist retired
NOVELLIST, who smashed the track record by two seconds when scorching to a five-length win in this year's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, has been bought to stand at Teruya Yoshida's Shadai operation in Japan and retired from racing.
The four-year-old son of Monsun was withdrawn from this month's Arc at the eleventh hour after contracting a temperature.
Trained by Andreas Wohler, Novellist won a maiden at two but it was at three that he began to excel, finishing a close second behind Pastorius in the Deutsches Derby before landing the Group 1 Gran Premio Del Jockey Club in Italy.
Novellist improved again with another year under his belt and this year he recorded top-tier victories in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, King George and Grosser Preis Von Baden.
Former owner Dr Christoph Berglar said: "I would like to thank all his fans for their constant support and especially trainer Andreas Wöhler and his team for their masterly handling."
Explaining the decision to sell the colt to Japan, Dr Berglar told the TDN: "A few established European farms were interested in Novellist, but it became obvious that European valuations of the horse as a breeding prospect were certainly far removed from the Japanese offer we received.
"Novellist will be an interesting addition to the Japanese thoroughbred gene pool and should have a fair chance of being as successful as a stallion as he was a racehorse."