Yorton Farm Stud has welcomed the well-bred Arrigo to its ranks for the 2021 breeding season.

Bred by German operation Gestut Schlenderhan, Arrigo is a Shirocco half-brother to Germany’s leading sire Adlerflug. Initially trained by Jens Hirschberger, Arrigo won the 2011 running of the Group 2 Oppenheim-Union-Rennen as well as finishing second in the Group 1 Gran Premio Jockey Club Italiano.

Arrigo began his stud career at Gestut Graditz before moving to central France to Haras du Mazet, where he has stood the last couple of seasons. His oldest crop of foals has just turned four-years-old.

Yorton Farm Stud’s David Futter said: “It has taken us two years to secure Arrigo, but thankfully we have him now. It is common for sons of successful Flat stallions to retire to stud, but it is difficult to acquire sons of quality jump sires.

“Stallions bred in Germany have always been very lucky for Yorton and our supporters, and this one comes from one of that country’s best female families. Standing 16.2hh, Arrigo is a wonderful-looking horse, he raced at the highest level and had the soundness and temperament to remain in training as a seven-year-old.

“He has been bought in partnership with the Potter family and will have the backing of our broodmare bands. Yorton’s policy is to support the stallions we stand, and it is our intention to buy his stock at the sales and also put them into training.

“The presence of Covid means this is going to be another challenging breeding season for everyone, but the market for bloodstock remains healthy, and if we all remain focussed and stick together, we will come out of this in a stronger position.”

Arrigo joins Gentlewave, Linda’s Lad, Masterstroke, Pether’s Moon and Scalo on the Yorton Farm Stud roster. Stallions fees for all of Yorton’s sires will be announced later this week.