John Gosden's three year old Sprinter Calyx has been retired to stud and has been acquired by Coolmore. The son of Kingman has only had a shot career on the track but could now make a better career as a stallion.
Owner and breeder of the horse Juddmonte Farms still have a lot of interest in the colt and will look to work with him again in the future but for now he will be located with Coolmore's operation.
Calyx although we maybe did not see the best of him during his small career he still put in some superb performances that will never be forgotten in the sport.
The three year old only raced four times winning his first three and then unfortunately suffering an injury in his last race that saw him give a weaker performance then we are used to from the colt and he finished second.
He started his career at Newmarket in a Novice Stakes and tore the field apart giving a dominant display and looking like a serious horse in the making.
He was stepped massively up in class for his next contest when his trainer John Gosden entered him in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and he landed the 21 runner event in superb style under a positive ride by racings number one showman Frankie Dettori.
That was his final race as a juvenile due to suffering a season ending injury which was sad news for the racing world but he came back as a three year old in the same form landing the Commonwealth Cup trial at Ascot by a clear margin.
He was then sent to Haydock in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes as a prep run for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot but as said before he picked up an injury and something was not right during the whole race.
He finished second as 2/13 favourite on the day and that was the last time we saw the colt on a racecourse and now we will have to wait and see what his offsprings have to offer.
(Credit Racing Post) Gosden said in a statement: “Calyx always had that rare brilliance you only see in champions. His performances at Ascot at both two and three were of the highest standard.
"He's a very similar type to his sire Kingman and with both Coolmore and Juddmonte supporting him at stud he will be given the best possible opportunity to succeed as a stallion.”
The deal that sees Calyx going to Coolmore gives them a foothold on an increasingly important sire-line, with Kingman having delivered 12 stakes winners from his first two crops including winners like Headman, Persian King and King Of Comedy.
The son of Invincible Spirit, has become one of the biggest sires in the sport over the lst year with his increasing number of offsprings putting in some frightening performances.
Kingman is stood at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket at £75,000 this year but can expect a significant pay rise for 2020.