Sun Stud has announced that Group 1 winning two-year-old National Defense will not be coming to Australia this spring.

Unfortunately, the Champion colt by Invincible Spirit has been injured and is to remain at the Irish National Stud where he covered his initial book of mares earlier this year.

“It’s a real blow coming this close to the start of the season,” Sun Stud’s Managing Director, Danielle Cheng, points out.

“Thankfully, it’s not a career threatening injury, but National Defense’s health is paramount to us and the decision was made by leading vets in both Ireland and Australia to not take the chance of flying him at this stage.

“Not surprisingly, National Defense has been popular with Australian broodmare owners and every effort will be made to accommodate those breeders who have already booked for this spring.”

Demonstrating the industry’s nature of swings and roundabouts, Sun Stud may benefit from an announcement by Darley this week that they will keep shuttle sire Teofilo back home in England this spring.

This decision will give Teofilo fans cause for thinking about where to send their broodmares now and sons of Teofilo will come directly to mind.

Teofilo’s best performed sire son in Australia is Sun Stud’s flashy chestnut Palentino, a winner of the Group 1 Australian Guineas and Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes.

Palentino stands at Sun Stud at a fee of $17,600 with his first foals arriving this spring.

For further information about all Sun Stud stallions, phone 03 5428 5168 or visit

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