Vincent and Natalie Rasmussen winning the Auckland Cup. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Brilliant four-year-old pacer Vincent has been retired and will stand at stud next season.
The athletic son of Art Major, beaten on his merits just twice in 19 career starts, was a last-start winner of the Auckland Cup on New Year’s Eve before suffering a leg injury.
As they have done twice previously in recent years with A Rocknroll Dance and Always B Miki, Alabar Stud in South Auckland and Nevele R Stud in Canterbury have joined forces to purchase the entire from his Australian owners Bill and Jean Feiss.
“Vincent has been such a dream horse for us and we were prepared to do everything possible to get him back to the track,” said Jean Feiss.
“He’s already had his initial stem cell treatments.”
“However, Alabar and Nevele R presented us with an offer to purchase him and we knew in our hearts that accepting it was the right thing for Vincent’s long-term future.
“He deserves a great home and to be given the very best chance at stud. We’re sure he’ll get that.”
Mark Purdon, co-trainer of the budding superstar with Natalie Rasmussen, held Vincent in high esteem.
“He was a great young horse, the best of his year as a three-year-old.”
“He came back great as a four-year-old and I thought he would eventually take Lazarus’ place and go on to be the best horse in Australasia.
“He’s a beautiful horse. Both Jean and I loved him when we saw him as a yearling and that never changed.
“Everyone he came in contact with him loved him as he was such a kind horse, a real gentleman.”
”It’s a great shame he’s not coming back to racing but we’re looking forward to training a few by him.”
In a short career, Vincent won four Group 1 races – this season’s Auckland Cup as well as the New South Wales Derby, New Zealand Derby and NSW Breeders Challenge as a three-year-old last season.
He holds three New Zealand records, all over 2700 metres from a stand, on the back of two outstanding Alexandra Park wins.
Vincent will stand in the flesh at Alabar Stud’s Victorian farm but will be available in fresh semen form through both Alabar and Nevele R in New Zealand, with lifetime breeding options available.