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Variety Club, six-time champion and dual South African Horse of the Year, has been retired from racing and will enter stud for the 2015 breeding season at Klawervlei Stud. A service fee will be announced at a later date.

Bred by Anton Shepherd at Beaumont Stud, the chestnut was a five-time Group 1 winner, earning his first success at that level in the 2011 Cape Guineas. Runner-up in the 2012 G1 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate and in the G1 Investec Cape Derby, Variety Club won the G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge that June, then won three straight races off a five-month layoff, capped by a 2 1/4-length success in the Queen's Plate in January 2013. Sent into quarantine following a successful defense of his Gold Challenge title last June, Variety Club won two of his three starts for trainer Joey Ramsden, each going 1600 meters over the Meydan Tapeta, landing the G3 Firebreak Stakes last February and the G2 Godolphin Mile from the widest gate at the end of March. The 6-year-old was turned over to trainer Mike de Kock for an assault on the G1 Champions Mile May 4, and the plan worked to perfection, as Variety Club skipped out of Hong Kong with a four-length defeat of Able Friend (Aus) (Shamardal) and subsequent G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup hero Dan Excel (Ire) (Shamardal).

Campaigned by Markus and Ingrid Jooste, Variety Club heads to the breeding shed with a record of 23-17-4-1 and earnings of $2,086,159.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News