November 3, 2014
Lane’s End Farm has purchased a majority interest in Noble Mission (GB) (Galileo), and will stand him in association with Juddmonte Farms in 2015 at Lane’s End in Versailles, Kentucky. A three time Group 1 winner, Noble Mission (GB), most recently capped off an exceptional career with a win in the Champion Stakes (G1) reminiscent of his full brother Frankel two years ago. An outstanding 2014 for Juddmonte Farms and Lady Cecil was highlighted by wins in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (G1) and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1). The six-time group winner is the front-runner for the Cartier Champion Older Horse and would be only the second winner of that award to retire to stud in the U.S.
“Juddmonte Farms has been an extraordinary breeding and racing operation over the years, and we’re thrilled to be a part of this horse,” commented Lane’s End owner Will Farish. “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,” concluded Farish.
A homebred for Juddmonte and trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil and Lady Cecil, Noble Mission (GB) is out of the Danehill mare Kind, being a full brother to one of the greatest horses of all time, Frankel. Noble Mission’s sire Galileo currently sits atop the general sire list and continues to make his mark on the industry as the world’s top sire. Juddmonte 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.”
Noble Mission (GB) will be available for inspection sometime in early December upon arriving in the U.S.