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Agnes World to stand at Widden Stud


Dual Group One winning sprinter Agnes World will stand at Widden Stud in New South Wales in the 2001 southern hemisphere breeding season.


A son of Danzig, who is also the sire of Danehill, Agnes World became the first Japanese-trained horse to win a Group One race at Newmarket when he claimed last year's July Cup (1200m).


Widden Stud marketing manager Antony Thompson completed the deal with Shadai Stallion Station last week and Agnes World will join two other sons of Danzig, Anabaa and Belong To Me, at Widden.


"Danzig is the most important sire of sires in the world and Agnes World is an extremely exciting stallion for us to stand alongside our Danzig horses Belong To Me and Anabaa," Thompson said.


"He is a lovely type in a similar mould to Anabaa.
"He has beautiful balance and great presence and is ideally suited to Australian conditions in every way possible."


Danzig is fourth on the list of sires of individual Group One winners with 40, behind Sir Tristram and Sadler's Wells on 45 and Mr. Prospector on 43.
A $US1.5 million yearling, Agnes World was one of the 10 highest priced yearlings of 1996.
He was a Group winning two-year-old in Japan but it was in Europe that he made his mark, winning the Group One Prix de l'Abbaye (1000m) at Longchamp in October, 1999.
His July Cup success ensured he would be sought after when his racing career ended.
"We aimed for the July Cup immediately after Agnes World won the Abbaye because we believed it was a race that would only enhance his value as a stallion," part-owner Teruya Yoshida said.
Agnes World will have a limited book at Widden where he will stand for $35,000.

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