Cheveley Park Stud are delighted to announce that the dual Group 1 winning sprinter, TWILIGHT SON, has retired from racing and will take up stallion duties at Cheveley Park Stud in 2017, where he will stand alongside his sire Kyllachy, as well as Dutch Art, Garswood, Lethal Force, Mayson, Medicean and Pivotal.
Trained by Henry Candy, TWILIGHT SON was unbeaten in his first five starts which culminated in an impressive victory, in what was his first run at Group level, in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock, in doing so he beat the previous Group 1 winners Belardo, G Force, Tiggy Wiggy and Gordon Lord Byron. His first taste of defeat came on his next outing when finishing a highly creditable second to Muhaarar, in the Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes. His finest hour this year came when battling to victory in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he yet again displayed a willing and tenacious attitude to get the better of Group 1 winners The Tin Man, Signs Of Blessing and Undrafted in a driving finish.
Bred by Mrs Caroline Wilson, TWILIGHT SON is by Cheveley Park Stud resident KYLLACHY, who is enjoying another fine season on the track with his progeny, having already had over 100 individual winners. He is out of the winning mare TWILIGHT MISTRESS, and half brother to the classy Group 3 winning and Group 1 placed sprinter MUSIC MASTER .
Cheveley Park Stud Managing Director, Chris Richardson, said; ““Twilight Son is a hugely talented, beautifully bred, imposing individual, very like his sire Kyllachy, who I feel offers both commercial and owner breeders, a very exciting opportunity for their mares. The addition of Twilight Son, further enhances the portfolio of stallions, currently standing at Cheveley Park Stud and continues to reflect David and Patricia Thompson’s huge commitment to the international world of racing and breeding. We are most grateful to have been involved with Twilight Son’s breeders, Caroline and Godfrey Wilson, and of course to have been re-associated with trainer Henry Candy, who has done a fantastic job guiding Twilight Son throughout his highly successful career”.
Trainer Henry Candy commented; “Twilight Son was a pleasure to train. He was a very relaxed horse. He never took a lame step and never left an oat.”
A fee for TWILIGHT SON will be announced at a later date.