QIPCO 2,000 Guineas hero Kameko will stand for an introductory fee of £25,000 having been retired by Qatar Racing to Tweenhills Stud.

Purchased for $80,000 by Qatar Racing Manager David Redvers at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2018, Kameko was sent to trainer Andrew Balding and made a winning start as a two-year-old in a seven-furlong maiden at Sandown.

Second-placed efforts behind Positive in the Group 3 Solario Stakes and Royal Dornoch in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes followed before he was an impressive three and a quarter length winner of last year’s Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at Newcastle.

On his reappearance at three, the son of Kitten’s Joy was an authoritative winner of the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas. He finished fourth in three subsequent runs after that success before going on to land the Group 2 Joel Stakes in September.

Redvers said: “It was hugely exciting to have Kameko arrive at Tweenhills last night and after a gruelling 40-hour journey from Kentucky, he bounced off the lorry and has been striding around the place this morning like he owns it.

“I feel we have priced him extremely competitively and will also be offering a small amount of equity in the horse to breeders. Details are to be released later this week.”

Also standing at a fee of £25,000, down from £30,000, in 2021 is leading Australian sire Zoustar, whose first foals were born this year and will be going through the ring at the upcoming autumn sales.

“Zoustar continues to enhance his already heady reputation and it is a real coup for European breeders to have such an exceptional young sire standing here again in 2021,” added Redvers.

“The reviews his first crop of Northern Hemisphere foals are receiving match our expectations and I’m really looking forward to seeing his first commercial offerings at the end of the month.”

Completing the roster at Tweenhills are Havana Gold, who fee has dropped from £10,000 to £7,500, and Lightning Spear, who remains at an unchanged price of £5,000.

Redvers concluded: “Havana Gold’s best crop of yearlings to date sold very well and we expect him to make a massive impact on the racecourse next summer.

“Breeders would be wise to consider him a must at his reduced fee and we will continue to support him to the hilt, whilst Lightning Spear’s first crop of foals and improved fertility make him tremendous value for those wanting to use this exceptionally talented, tough and durable son of Pivotal.”

In 2021, Tweenhills will continue its ‘Your Success = Our Success’ which rewards any breeder who produces a stakes winner by a Qatar Racing-owned stallion at Tweenhills – including Kameko – by offering a credit for use with any other Qatar Racing-owned stallion in the following year to the value of the nomination.