Dual Group 1 scorer Palentino retired
Son of Teofilo will stand at part-owner's Sun Stud
Top-class miler Palentino, winner of the Group 1 Australian Guineas and Makybe Diva Stakes, has been retired to Sun Stud in Victoria.
The four-year-old, who rounded off his career for Darren Weir with fourth place in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile last Saturday, is a son of a stallion who has done particularly well shuttling to Australia in Teofilo.
Weir purchased the chestnut as a yearling at the Magic Millions Tasmania sale for $85,000 and his syndicate owners last year sold a half-share to Sun Stud, formerly Eliza Park International.
“He’s just such a striking individual,” Weir said. “From the moment I laid eyes on him he impressed me. He has a great temperament, and he kept rising to the occasion. I’m sorry to see him go but believe he’ll make a huge impact at Sun Stud.”
A fee will be announced over the coming weeks but Danielle Cheng, the farm’s managing director, has already received plenty of interest. “A lot of people have been ringing and asking when he was going to stud,” she said. “Palentino was a high quality racehorse and the fact that he emulated Zabeel in winning the Australian Guineas and Makybe Diva should not be understated.”
Palentino is the fifth foal of Palatine Hill, a winning daughter of Palace Music and half-sister to two Listed winners. Her four previous foals were all winners. Teofilo’s southern hemisphere winners meanwhile include Group 1 scorers Kermadec and Humidor.