Phil Cunningham has moved to reacquire the horse that started his journey in horse racing to once again stand in England. Cockney Rebel, who won both the Irish and English 2000 Guineas in 2007 retired to stud, initially at The National Stud in Newmarket before moving to France in 2013.
Cockney Rebel, who clocked the quickest time since 1995 when winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket over two seconds quicker than Frankel in 2011, will stand for a fee of £2,500 at Batsford Stud in Gloucestershire alongside fellow Guineas winner Haafhd.
From a small book, Cockney Rebel has had some fantastic results which include Redstart, winner of the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury and this year, Junius Brutus who was sold for £300,000 at the Goffs Royal Ascot sale and is now placed at Group level. He has also enjoyed excellent results with National Hunt progeny having sired Cockney Sparrow who won the G2 Scottish Champion Hurdle and was 2nd in a Grade 1 behind My Tent Or Yours.
Cunningham is delighted to have him back in England: “When I bought Cockney Rebel for £30,000 in 2005, I had no idea of the journey he would take me on! To win two Guineas with him was amazing and it feels only right to have him back home. As possibly the fastest winning stallion of the 2000 Guineas still at stud, he represents outstanding value for both flat and jump mares.”
In 2016, Phil Cunningham formed Rebel Racing with trainer Richard Spencer. This training partnership has enjoyed plenty of success over the first two seasons including the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot with Rajasinghe and the G3 Molecomb Stakes with Rumble Inthejungle. Initially based at the historic Albert House Stables, the team expanded into Sefton Lodge during 2018, with facilities to train around 70 horses and is now open to all owners and partnerships.
Alan Varey said “We are delighted to be standing Cockney Rebel here at Batsford Stud. He will compliment our Stallion Roster, which also includes Passing Glance and Native Ruler.
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