Noble Mission (Galileo), a full-brother to the unbeaten Juddmonte Stud-based Frankel, has been retired to Lane's End Farm who will stand him in association with Juddmonte Farms at thier base in Kentucky, following their purchase of a majority interest in the five-year-old.
Will Farish, Lane's End owner said: "Juddmonte Farms has been an extraordinary breeding and racing operation over the years, and we're thrilled to be a part of this horse. Many of the world's best stallions are in Europe and we feel the need to revert to the days of importing top class European horses to stand in America. We're confident he can add to the long list of influential stallions like Nasrullah, Roberto, Nureyev, Lyphard, Kingmambo, etc, to become a successful stallion here."
A homebred of Juddmonte's, their racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, commented, "Noble Mission was a thrill for all of us at Juddmonte and of course Lady Cecil. He's one of the best in his division and has ensured his place at stud. Lane's End expressed a strong interest in the horse and the Prince was happy to go on and stand him in America. We look forward to supporting him."
A winner of nine of his 21 races, Noble Mission has taken three Gr.1 contests this season, including a last time defeat of Al Kazeem in the Champion Stakes. He was emulating his brother, who had taken the contest in 2012. He was also the winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup in May at the Curragh and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
A son of the dual Listed winner Kind (Danehill), he is also a three-parts brother to the Gr.3 Lingfield Derby Trial winner Bullet Train (Sadler's Wells), who also was retired to stud in America, to Wintergreen Farm in 2013 and relocated this year to Crestwood Farm. His first crop foals are due to sell at the Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale, which starts today.
He is also a half-brother to the dual Listed winner Joyeuse (Oasis Dream). Their dam is a half-sister to three other black-type winners, including the dual Gr.1 scorer and sire Powerscourt (Sadler's Wells).
Noble Mission will be available for inspection sometime in early December, upon his arrival in America.
Extracts from European Bloodstock News/Ascot (p)