MEDICEAN, the sire of ten Group 1 winners including Dutch Art and Nannina, has been retired from covering after suffering fertility problems. The 20-year-old son of Machiavellian has been a stalwart of Cheveley Park Stud, since his retirement from racing at the end of 2001.
Bred and raced by Cheveley Park Stud and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, MEDICEAN won the Group 2 Celebration Mile as three year old, but was not seen at his best until his 4 year old campaign. On his seasonal debut he won the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, before taking the Group 2 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot carrying a Group 1 penalty. However, his finest hour came in the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes when coming out on top in a thrilling finish with Grandera and Bach. He retired from racing having won 6 of his 12 starts and over £540,000 in prize money.
MEDICEAN took up stallion duties at the place of his birth, Cheveley Park Stud, in 2002 at an initial fee of £15,000 and was unsurprisingly extremely well received by breeders. In his first crop he sired the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile and Coronation Stakes winner, Nannina, and finished as one of the leading first crop sires that year. His second crop provided the leading two year and subsequent stallion, Dutch Art, who won the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes and Group 1 Prix Morny.
In addition to the aforementioned, MEDICEAN has sired the Group 1 winners Siyouma, Bayrir, Neatico, Capponi, Al Shemali and Alermerita. His progeny also enjoyed considerable success in the sales ring, with his yearlings making up to 500,000 guineas.
MEDICEAN will now enjoy a happy retirement and see out the rest of his years at Cheveley Park Stud.
Managing Director, Chris Richardson, commented ‘One of the kindest horses to be around, who I feel was underrated by many, having sired some 10 Group 1 winners during his successful career.’