No Animal Kingdom at Arrowfield

Tara Madgwick - Monday July 4
Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom (USA) was listed on the 2016 Arrowfield roster at a fee of $27,500, but will not make the trip to Australia this spring.

Animal Kingdom"In a very competitive marketplace the fourth season is always the most difficult," Arrowfield bloodstock manager Jon Freyer said.

"We have great faith in Animal Kingdom and have decided to take a longer-term view of his stallion career so we're resting him now, after he's served three very big books in Kentucky and six consecutive seasons north and south .

"He's an exceptional horse, but not surprisingly as a Kentucky Derby winner he's been more popular in the U.S., so it makes sense to rest him from his Australian duties."

Freyer said Animal Kingdom will return to Arrowfield Stud for the 2017 Southern Hemisphere season.

Animal Kingdom has covered three books of mares in Australia numbering 94, 93 and 77.

His first yearlings sold at sales this year with five averaging $135,000 at Inglis Easter and three averaging $250,000 at Magic Millions, his best result a filly from Cat by the Tale (USA) that made $310,000.

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