Following his win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day, Qatar Bloodstock has announced that Charm Spirit will stand next season at Tweenhills Farm and Stud in Gloucestershire.
Current Tweenhills resident, the 2,000 Guineas winner Makfi, who has sired 17 first-crop winners to date this season, will move to Haras de Bonneval in Normandy for the 2015 stud season as part of an agreement between Qatar Bloodstock and Aga Khan Studs.
“Charm Spirit’s win at Ascot was a great advertisement for his qualities, highlighting his abundance of class and courage. In an exceptional year for milers he has proved himself time and again, rounding off his career with a hat-trick of Group 1 wins on three different tracks and on a range of going, but always with the same result,” said David Redvers, Bloodstock and Racing Manager to Qatar Bloodstock.
“We are thrilled to be standing Charm Spirit at Tweenhills. Freddy Head considers him worthy of being spoken of in the same breath as Goldikova and Moonlight Cloud, which is some accolade. His sire, Invincible Spirit, has established himself not just as an exceptional sire but also increasingly as a sire of sires.
“We are also very excited at the prospect of working with the Aga Khan Studs. Makfi’s progeny have already enjoyed a lot of success in France and we are delighted that under this new arrangement he will stand in Normandy and be more accessible to French breeders. We are committed to standing our best stallions in France at the Aga Khan Studs, as well as in Britain at Tweenhills. Next season Makfi will stand at Haras de Bonneval and in 2016 it will be Charm Spirit’s turn.”
Charm Spirit, who won his last four races, including the Prix Jean Prat and Prix du Moulin, raced for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s father, Sheikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Thani, and was bred by Lucien Urano’s Ecurie des Monceaux.